This is not to say I am any expert in either. I struggle with finding a voice in my more creative writing that seems genuine; let me loose on an academic paper and I'll knock your socks off. And I am certainly no Alice Waters. I've made pancakes and left out the flour (and believe me, this is not an isolated incident).
Nonetheless, I have been yearning for a space where I can cultivate these interests of mine in the hopes of connecting with or inspiring others, much like the multitudes of foodie bloggers out there have done for me. It is my firm belief that what we eat sustains our bodies and enriches our minds and hearts, and there should be so much joy in the preparation of meals, and certainly in the sharing of our food.
I have been lucky enough to encounter like-minded individuals in my life that share these fundamental values of food and writing and happiness, and upon forming a bond with my dear friend Veronica, Intempéries was born. Our goal is to share stories about our daily lives that inspire us, especially in our culinary ventures, while focusing on dishes that are seasonal and, more often than not, local.
Intempéries is a french word for "bad weather," but as Veronica explained to me, the term can be used to refer to those surely surreal moments in time when it seems like the weather is a bit schizophrenic, emulating the four seasons all at once. In the context of a blog centered around food, I took this as a way to incorporate a multitude of ingredients in a food-geek cop-out. However, I think a much more poignant view is thinking of our lives as a bit intempéries themselves. Life can be glorious, depressing, raucous, and downright crummy all at once. No matter what, though, it is always beautiful, always worthwhile. I could drop a bottle of wine on my foot, followed by a can of coconut milk on the exact spot (like I did a few days ago), let my soup boil over and scald, and forget to put in those spices that make it all the more sexy, but... somehow, it is still delicious and oh-so-worth it.
I am so looking forward to this shared venture with Veronica and the rest of you. Do bear with us while we get the blog going and designed to our liking... we're even delusional and excited enough to believe we can learn html code for it!