Life, that is. You don’t get it right the first time. The rub is, you only get one go at it. There’s always mistakes that you wish you could undo, or words that should have been left unsaid. In today world there are frightening number of ways to permanently cripple your future potential.
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Parenthood, I once heard described thusly: “You spend half your time, fumbling in the dark doing your best, and hope it sticks; and the other half, your still fumbling in the dark, but you hope it doesn’t stick.” They quickly added, “…buy antibacterial wipes. Like, a ton of them,” but I don’t think that’s nearly as philosophical.
You have your first kid, and you read all the books, and have conversations with the belly, and get the nursery just so . For the second one we didn’t really convert her room to a nursery until she was almost three months old. That was our iterative refinement. We reduced drag and increased speed. Also, we were really tired and a bit lazy.
But the return on investment is really long for kids. You won’t know that you mucked it up until it is WAY too late and you’re too old to try again. Cooking offers us a much smaller investment, and quicker feedback. The same can be said of food photography, a subject we are beginning to dabble in. If your dish is inedible, you pour it in the garbage and get take out. I am no saint, I have fed my kids Mac and Cheese from a blue box.
We’ve all seen the perfect rose, cut from a radish. Be it in the pages of better homes and gardens, on Pintrest board, or tucked into the navel of a naked lady you’re eating sushi off of with foreign businessmen. I can’t do that, and more to the point, I don’t have the time in my everyday life. Kids will eat a garnish, if it looks tasty, and plating is more important to their appetites than I would have guessed. Still, a 3 year old isn’t going to notice the tight spiral on my citrus peel twist. If I spent fifteen minutes getting that just right, I would get fifteen minutes less sleep at the end of the night.
Nonetheless, good food looks good. A well seared steak looks fantastic, sitting in a puddle of its seeping juices. A ripe blackberry imposes its will on your salivary glands, and coaxes forth a flood of childhood memories. However, those emotions are felt in person. The best photographers can capture those colors and feelings, but we’re not there yet. We invite you to come with us as we try to bring that vividness from the real world of our poorly lit kitchen into the two dimensional space of the screen in front of you. And, to watch as we iterate. We will try. We will fail, hopefully not too often, and then we will do better on the next try. Our first few published recipes are below. Try, fail, who knows…but we’re having fun!