This blog started as a bit of a lark. I was at a professional cross-roads with lots of options and nothing to lose. The only unacceptable choice was doing nothing. To live is to keep moving, right? So I jumped in the deep end and committed to a year of professional culinary school. I am also living an ocean away from my family and I am pretty terrible at staying in touch. My mom and sister convinced me to create this space so that they could follow my adventures. As for the name, the game Rock Paper Scissors captured how I felt at the time about committing to culinary school and hitting the pause button on my legal career. But I live in London. You know, two nations separated by a common language, and all that. So of course Rock Paper Scissors had to be Paper Scissors Stone.
So what happened? Culinary school was invigorating, challenging, fun, fulfilling and generally awesome. It opened doors to ideas, passions and opportunities that wouldn’t have been there before. I can say the same thing for blogging. It turns out that I actually like writing.
So here I am, in a different and unexpected place. The past few months have been busy. Most of my time has been spent setting up a new business (Lunch Box London) with two friends from Leiths (one a classmate, the other an alum from a prior year). We all share a common philosophy that food can be delicious and sophisticated but also healthy. We specialize in healthy meal packages (whole foods, loads of veg, lean protein), lunch buffets and drop-off dinner parties. There are some limitations to being a small business, but there is also lots of flexibility. A fridge-fill for a mom on maternity leave? Done. Snacks and treats for a local deli? Bring it. All I can say is that it is exhilarating to be working hard with good people on so many creative ideas.
Though I haven’t been writing much here, I have been writing for other blogs. But this space will be revamped as well. It has grown beyond a means of keeping my mom and sis apprised of my learning curve in the kitchen.
The new name – Eggplant & Aubergine – leaves behind the theme of indecision and embraces food wholeheartedly. I’ll still focus on the same things – easy every night cooking, feeding children well and the occasional aspirational dish. I also hope that I can be a connection point between my two food cultures. There is so much to love about food in America and in Britain, as well as much that is misunderstood and underestimated.
New posts and projects in the pipeline. Hope to see you here again soon! And if you are in London, sign up for Lunch Box London’s weekly menu. We’d love to feed you in person.