I am a baker first, writer second – and what’s baking away in my oven rarely coincides with the words sautéing on the page. In most cases, I’m bustling around my kitchen to escape these very musings. Baking is my art. My kitchen is my studio where I practice and play. At its denouement, my art is devoured, without regret. My passion lies in the crafting, my delight in the sharing. My kitchen is bomb shelter and Band-Aid, my respite when I’m overwhelmed and my surefire reason for procrastination. It’s my voice, my meditation, my recreation and only occasionally my vexation.
Conversely, when I write, I’m tortured; I lash myself to my desk, yearning to be anywhere else, struggling to create order from the chaotic ruminations pacing around my head. I type words to release them from their cage, allowing them to organize and settle into coherent ideas on the page. The process is cathartic, honest and personal, but never easy. It’s an exorcism of sorts.
Born from the same mother, yet conceived in different moods at separate times, my baking and my writing are two distinct children. My baking is my golden child; my writing, the black sheep. I love and need them both, but in different ways. Consequently, and unlike most food blogs, my musings rarely relate to the recipe on the page.
Here, you will never read a 500-word memoir about apple picking as an introduction for my classic apple pie. If this eccentric mashup of a blog bothers you, there are thousands of other food blogs to satisfy your tastes.
As a classically-trained chef, Two-Bit Tart unconventionally chronicles what’s in my head and in my oven on any given day. It’s a candid account of my attempts to decipher life through my love of food and words; a window into an imperfect woman and chef chronicling her vices – culinary or otherwise.
“cyber dumbbells for the ego” – Well said! My phrase is ‘self-medicating in the ether’… but it’s a hoot! Looking forward to reading your psyche-exercise log!
Ego? What? I write endlessly about me and you say I’m exercising my ego?
I really like your site, your writing, etc. And you mentioned the magic word in your influences: Cheese.
I added you to my blogroll.
I love how you recognize blogs inflate our egos like dumb bells do our arms…
You can never have too much red wine, Kurt Vonnegut or Earl Gray Tea. (I draw the line at two cats, however.)
Had to do a double-take on seeing the title of your blog.
I think I like it.
I think I will mull it over.
Let it perculate, Incubate. Stimulate.
Cyber dumbbells …. *likes that phrase*. For me, the blogs are an extension of my hand written journals. My thoughts (no matter how inane) … and often a source of catharsis.
By the way, what kind of dancing?
Hey … I was just checking on you … hopes you are doing okay.
Hi hi …I was away on vacation … and just got back … and wanted to say that I hope your holidays are going well.
Sooo … I know I can be a bother … but when I do not see things from those I … watch for…I just get a little concerned. Are ye doing ok?
Nudge, nudge. Thanks Katie. Doing fine, just working hard and traveling often. Still, I should be writing. It keeps me sane.
Ahh … so long as you are doing well. I know things get busy … just was checking. (And ohh…just 5 more months….and….cooking school!)
*wonders why I have not hit the “Like” button on this page before*
And … is that a new photo? I love the hibiscus print *smiles* …and omg your aline bob and straight bangs look soooo stylish. You pull that off wonderfully!
Hey you … I am sorry I have not commented on things you have written lately. I have been not feeling well…but I will try to get to your blog posts soon. I hope you are well.
Love your style, always great read.