One of my favourite contemporary artist is Gathie Falk, her art pieces always make me happy. I particularly like a painting she did of apples on a canvas, the apples are on a black background and they look like they’re suspended in outer space. The apples are sliced and whole. This painting allows me see this banal fruit with new eyes, as does many works of art that feature food!
My teen idol wore shorts and a headband. No, it was not Richard Simmons but a blond Swedish god. A tennis god, Bjorn Borg. Everything about him appealed to my shy, self-conscious teenage self; his lean physique, his flowing blond locks, those piercing blue eyes, his deadly two-handed backhand and his graceful moves on the court. Because of him I took up tennis and found I was pretty good at it, not like soccer (I hate running, especially into people) or volleyball (not good for pianists as I once sprained a finger when the ball hit my hand at a bad angle and I couldn’t play piano for two weeks).
I haven’t had such a disheartening day in a long time. Lately I’ve been asked to audition more and acting is something that I’ve done in the past, but have taken a break from it to focus on other pursuits. I had prepared for this audition well and by the time it was my turn to go in I had been stewing in the waiting room with the other actors for well over an hour. It didn’t go the way I had hoped and I left feeling like a failure. Once I got home I put on some Harry Connick Jr. music, a mood lifter for sure, and then headed to the kitchen to make these baked treats.
These chocolate chip cookies are the perfect indulgence to soothe my soul without having to say “I shouldn’t have” afterwards. For our followers, you might recall that I recently confessed to breaking a five day liquid fast by eating half a bag of Chip Ahoy cookies, not my proudest moment. Since then, I have made thousands of cookies and have a few “go to” recipes. Lately, the avocado is having its moment in the spotlight. So much so that global demand for this once exotic fruit, (yes, it is a fruit) has skyrocketed. No longer is it just for California rolls and quacamole, but it is topping quinoa salads, sandwiches, as well as being grilled, made into fries, used for chocolate mousse and now baked into cookies!
Have you ever been so desperate to regain something that you value, or didn’t even know you valued until it was gone? Like slowly thinning hair? I used to treat my hair as a nuisance, since I had such an abundance of it, blow drying and styling always took forever. But I have noticed in the last year that more is falling out when I shampoo or when I brush my hair.
I am so sorry that I took you for granted, I will do my best to take care of you from now on. You were always there for me but I never paid much attention to you. I am profoundly sorry for my neglect, but I am turning a new leaf. Please come back.
With Sorrow and Regret, Kake
I didn’t feel alone as Kale was experiencing the same thing. Desperate times calls for desperate measures. With some research I discovered that fenugreek seeds are used to remedy hair loss in Ayurvedic (traditional healing methods from India) medicine.