cooking underwater and blogging about everything

posted on: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

When I was in Hawaii, this past Christmas, I had the opportunity to cook for mermaids. They were very kind and didn't mind that I served them green things, even though they weren't impressed with my seaweed pie.

Actually, what really happened was that one of my favorite photographers of all time, Mark Lee from Holladay Photo, and I got together to do some underwater cooking pictures. Why? Because mermaids need to eat and because it was ridiculously fun. Please pop over to Mark's blog to see the full shoot.

Things I loved about this shoot:
-Hanging out with Mark.
-Seeing Enzo play so well with Mark's kids Ruby and Atticus.
-Seeing Ruby take care of Maria so that Chris and I could smooch underwater.
-Seeing Christian and Mark work diligently setting up the table underwater reminded me that Christian puts up with my craziness and is even encouraging. I love him.

Things that were hard:
-Holding my breath for more than one shot. I'm a wimp.
-Swimming with bricks in my apron.
-Deciding it was time to stop. I could have done it all day.

Mark thank you.
You're the man!
I loved doing this
and I loved seeing the pictures.
I appreciate being reminded of fun times.
xoxo, Da
ps. send my love to your lovely Patria, Ruby and Atticus.

Yesterday I was talking to my friend on the phone and I told her I was having fun blogging. I think I found my balance. I know I say this all the time and then go back on it, but it's only because life is not static which forces me to change things up. Right now I'm really having fun. I moved all giveaways to my Fabecook page and the format is exactly how I want it to be. I post the giveaway one day and the next a winner is announced. You don't even have to leave a comment you just have to "like" it so that your name pops up and I can count your entry. I am doing this because I genuinely like giving things away and not because I'm trying to get traffic to the blog. It feels good.

Another fun thing that I've been thrilled about is setting up my design blog. Remember when I did a couple Friday Food Design posts? That was fun because I love design that is obsessed with food, I just didn't see how it fit with Kitchen Corners. It took me a while to decide if I wanted to maintain a whole other blog, as I have done in the past and got burnt out. A couple weeks ago I decided to give it a try, a total low key try. And you know what? Things just feel into place so perfectly. I decided to use Tumblr as a platform and I found a layout I liked. I decided on a format that works for me -- put up a picture and a link to the source, no more no less. It takes me just the right amount of time to be fun and not overwhelming, O.K fine it really only takes me two seconds. The thing is I appreciate design blogs so much, and I appreciate the time people take to write up their posts so putting up a picture and a link feels like I am sharing and not hogging up their idea. The other thing that turned out just the way I wanted was the header, thanks to Erin Jane who amazes me every single time.

As for Kitchen Corners I'm going to start doing Cook Offs again next week but I think I'm going to change the name so that it doesn't even slightly sound like a competition. It will be a space for you to share your food writing. I'll give you more details on Monday but I will tell you that there will still be a cool prize that I will giveaway to one person. The reason is that I get a lot of PR peeps approaching me to do reviews or giveaways and sometimes the things they want me to review is pretty fantastic and I want to share it with you. My kitchen is tiny and I'm moving to a different continent in July, it's better you have it anyway. This month Kerrygold wants to give one of you a basket full of goodies worth $350. See, this is what I'm talking about! I, of course, wish I could give everyone everything but I haven't figured out how to do that yet so everyone that participates in the cook off will be eligible to win and then one person's name will be drawn out of a hat (that I don't own but I guess I should get one). I'll explain it better on Monday when I figure out all the details, but I do hope you will join us only if you promise me it will be fun for you and not even a tiny bit stressful. Let's maximize on good times.


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