A few years ago, I was out of work, out of ideas and generally, out of hope.
My days consisted of umpteen cups of coffee, sixteen too many re-runs of “Reba”, and cooking. With no news jobs on the docket, I had abandoned my dreams of joining Christanne Amanpour as she took on the Ayatollah.
Then one of my close friends started a blog; she’d just had a baby and in order to keep everyone up-to-date on the latest adorable developments in her son’s life, she posted stories and photos. It was wonderful.
And so, ever the copycat, I decided to start my own.
I’m not sure why. But I’m so glad that I listened to that instinct.
I discovered that, despite what my secondary school History and English Lit teachers had said, I actually could write (So THERE Mr. Bond-Lewis and Mr. Moore!).
I discovered that I could take a good photo every now and then.
I discovered that I could cook a little something here and there, and talk about it on camera.
The intense beauty of their writing, their dedication to blogging regularly, the honest-to-goodness breathtaking photos, the vulnerability with which they shared their lives… they all made me feel like not simply a reader, but like a dear old pen pal. Today, whenever writer’s block looms on the horizon, I still visit these “friends” in search of inspiration, both of the food and the writing variety.
Imagine my joy then, to have these veritable lords (Ladies?) of the blogging world actually know who I am!
I tested and re-tested my Palak Paneer recipe before I gave it to Shauna (GF Girl), who graciously tried it out and wrote about it on her blog.
And now, two more of my heros have honoured me.
Joy, aka Joy the Baker, interviewed me as part of her adorable new podcast, “Let’s be Friends”… you can listen to it for free here, and find out why, among other things, if you’re considering a stint on reality TV you must have cute PJs… I can’t tell you how geeked I am about this you guys. SO. GEEKED. OUT.
We just met up for coffee on Wednesday. Yup. Just me. And Joy. Chillin. So ridiculously surreal.
And then, as if THAT wasn’t good enough, Monica Bhide, (whose book Modern Spice encouraged me to keep cooking the way I do without fear of shaming my ancestors), who, waaaaay back in the day before Food Network Star, actually responded to my email requesting notes on my budding YouTube show… interviewed me for a series entitled, “In Conversation with Exceptional Women”.
I actually spit up my tea when she asked if she could include me in the company of Ruth Reichel, Amanda Hesser, Lynne Rosetto Kasper, Paula Wolfert and Padma Frickin Lakshmi.
And now, it’s available as an ebook! Click on the picture to buy this little treasure… skip over my interview and read about what’s in Ruth’s fridge, a surprising fact about Padma, what motivates Dorie Greenspan.
So yeah… this is The Surreal Life. Free of alcohol-laced absurd hook-ups in the swimming pool and oversized egos. Replete with sweetness, generosity and geeky blogger dreams coming true.