Saturday, May 15, 2010

Feeding my spirit

Paris is full of creativity, creative people, inspiring scenes.  So many friends I have made here have inspired me to feed my creative passions that I never really knew I was starving.  From knitting, to cooking, to sewing to blogging, I have found so many outlets to express my point of view and creativity that I might never have otherwise known about.  My knitting group has the cream of the crop of creative types in Paris, and I'm truly inspired by them every time we meet up.  I met my friend Abby at Tricothé and she is seriously creative - she turns all kinds of objects into beauitful treasures, and she seems to find magic in the most everyday of items.  She has a perfectly charming blog where she posts her thoughts and musings on the very simply lovely life she leads in the city of lights.  This post is inspired from the Marché Photo of the Week series on her blog, and hopefully it will become a regular on this blog, too. 

This past week brought the devastating news of the passing of one of my dearest aunts, an incredible, bold and loving soul who taught me that many of life's grey days could be brightened with a funny joke and a hearty laugh.  After a few days of grieving and reflection in hibernation, I finally left the apartment to live again.  The sun came out this morning, and we took to the marché to embrace its warmth and energy. 

My Aunt Clare loved to cook, and she introduced me to so many new flavors and recipes in my younger years that inspire my culinary endeavors to this day.  My first manicotti, my first split pea soup - she was a whiz in the kitchen who influenced my palate and fed my creativity at the stove.  Her spirit of life and her passion for sharing delicious food with the ones she loved will always resonate in my heart and in my kitchen. 


Today's marché finds (Marché Président Wilson):

sliced speck and fioccia

mozzarella di bufala

white onions

green asparagus

limes

eggplant

bean sprouts

spring onions

fresh parmesan  

arugula

Thai rice noodles

jasmin rice

freshly ground beef (not shown)

On this week's menu:

Mom's baked spaghetti
Asparagus chardonnay risotto
Italian meat, mozarella, onion, arugula pizza (crust recipe)
Eggplant parmesan on buttered linguini

3 comments:

DiaryofWhy said...

My condolences for your aunt.

But for the rest--all I have to say is YUM. (And will you adopt me?) :)

GloamingDesigns said...

sarah! i'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. our family has lost some dear memebers since i've been here and i understand how the distance can make it even harder. *hug* and prayers for your family.

and also, thank you so much for your kind words!! i feel so honored to have in some part inspired you and look forward to seeing more of your marché photos - i think your cooking is an amazing way of keeping your aunt's spirit close.

~Abby

Geek+Nerd said...

I am so sorry to hear of your aunt's passing. My thoughts are with you.

As to feeding your spirit - cheers to that! And hurray for great friends like Abby, who are always around to inspire :)