I am writing this first post from my dining table in my not so big apartment in Singapore. My baby, Heath, is taking his afternoon nap, a precious moment that allows me to fit in some work. I only meet again with my laptop once the kids are in bed, when my nanny comes in or during assignments. She is flexible, it's a blessing.
I've been procrastinating for a while about finding somewhere to share some of what goes through my incredibly messy head. Thoughts come in randomly, not always at the right time when paper and pens are at reach (and since I'm not good at keeping them safe on my phone, some get lost). I've been thinking about the way we, at home, live, experience and consume. I've been thinking about turning completely to vegetarianism and wondered how it will impact the way I cook and feed young children. We are not fully there yet. But also and more importantly how to stop eating some of the things that we love. Being a vegetarian is no big deal since we practically never eat meat and very little fish, yet we sometimes do and my eldest son loves sushi. And I'm French and from a family of big meat eaters. And I love saucisson and yes, I am almost ashamed of it, foie gras (my grand parents use to farm fat ducks and turned them into the delicacy). My family tends to think of us as hippies, (yep), with our almost no meat diet. Who cares, we only see them once a year!!
Anyway, I thought of sharing some things here that come to my mind. Thoughts on living more sustainably especially in a busy city, more attuned to our planet and the little things in life. And more importantly give our city kids a love and respect of nature. It's our present and most importantly their future. We also never stop believing that one day we will finally make the scary move to the countryside.
Recipes or rather meal ideas will be featured every now and then. I wrote (along with my friend Denise Hung) a cookbook 3 years ago, Kitchen Stories, which explores the relationship between mood and food. So food is very much part of my life, job and is more than a passion. And it is also so intrinsically connected to our environment, our cultures and to current affairs. Now the focus has slightly shifted and instead of focusing on how we feel when we eat, I want to focus on how to be greener when we eat.
And because I cook a lot and we listen to a lot of music at home, I might even tell you what was on the record player at a particular time.
In short, I have many questions but many remain without answers. If you happen to follow me and have some answers, suggestions or want to say something, please do.
I've told you, it is all messy in there