I changed my cover photo on my personal FB page to a scene depicting a wintery sidewalk at night, with the word, "BELIEVE" written across it. That one word is 'Christmas' for me. It is a simple command, or request, to just have faith and let the magic of the season wash over you; to know that all is well, and even that dreams really do come true.
But what does it mean to believe? I think it has to do with the present. The more you immerse yourself in it, and try really hard to be a part of it, the more future "nows" have a chance to be just as amazing. If all you're doing is thinking about tomorrow, or 5 years from now, or even just a place moments away, you create a pattern that says you can't be in the now. And if you're not in THIS now, you won't be in THAT now. I don't want to miss a single moment. So I BELIEVE that every moment is special.
Cooking does that for me which is offer me the absolute bliss of the moment. Like how I felt when creating this very warm and tasty DOUBLE CHOCOLATE KAHLUA BREAD PUDDING, pictured here. Quite simply, what feeds me, even though that's a bad pun, is what I do in the kitchen when food is surrounding me, inspiring me, and nourishing me. It would be awesome if I could just stop my 'day' job, and open the oven PERMANENTLY. But of course that is a choice I am not prepared to make yet, and I always have a choice as to what I do. And the day when I can leave my primary business will come, but not today.
Yet, I believe that I can lead the life I have imagined, and I know that success WILL come in common hours, as Thoreau says. Until then, I will choose to find time to be in the kitchen, every moment I can, and try and create something amazing that makes you go, "wow..." and maybe it even inspires you to try something new or create a new dish.
Whatever happens between now and the next present moment, just know, I believe in YOU.
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Meet the Cook...
My name is Camine Pappas and I love to create beautiful and delicious food that anyone can make. My signature style centers around a love for combining things in a way you might not expect as I work to find a hidden combination of colors, textures and flavors from the things that are in my pantry and/or easy to obtain.