Why we went

Right. So it’s T minus 13 days until the movers come to pack up all of our hopes, dreams, and other non-electronic possessions to be shipped over the Atlantic to London. With any luck, they’ll arrive intact, and not too long after we do. With any luck.

We were sitting down to dinner the other night — one of those slightly unfortunate dinners when we allowed our dorky individual dietary preferences to get in the way of a single, unifying homecoming of a meal. One of us turned to the others. It hardly matters who, because we’ve all been feeling the same thing. “But, we’re pretty happy here,” the one said. “Why are we doing this, again?”

Did it have something to do with adventure, or growth, or horizons, maybe? Or coming back with cool accents as souvenirs for the kids? Or was it tea and scones we were going for? We couldn’t remember, for a minute.

But then we realized. The point of this whole gig is that we have no idea, yet, why we’re going. If we already knew the outcome, the going would be a giant waste of time. A supersized waste, really. Which is so totally American that they probably wouldn’t even approve our Visas. And we would deserve it.

So we’ll go, and I’ll keep writing. And if I’m lucky, you’ll keep reading. And maybe someday, together, we’ll figure out why we went.

That will all be super brave and awesome. But for now, the mere thought of it sends me running straight home — really home — to the kind of food that reminds me who we are, and why we’re here, before it all begins. This is it.


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  • I think it’s very exciting, and I will definitely keep reading. And if you make it to one of Ottolenghi’s restaurants you must promise to give a full report.ReplyCancel

    • Thanks, Kalyn. I appreciate your reading, in a big way! Finally got Ottolenghi’s Plenty the other day after seeing it at Powell’s when we visited Portland last month. I felt more inspired by the mere sight of it than I have by anything in quite a while. Will definitely visit and report back!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    As always, a poignant, thoughtful, and inspiring post. And just the recipe I needed to haul me out of my pasta salad rut. (thank you) And yes, I’ll keep reading too! (of course)ReplyCancel

  • It’s always a little edgy making a big move, but I’m sure in the end – you’ll know why you went, and be glad that you did! Good luck with everything!

    This salad looks absolutely delicious by the way =)ReplyCancel

  • After pursuing my hubby’s career for over 8 years, I am happy to be home and starting my own business! Your recipe and your passion look awesome! Best of luck! http://www.healthnutfoodie.comReplyCancel

  • I think you and your family are on an exciting adventure. One that many family will be envious of. I myself have moved from HK to NZ thena cross the Atlantic to the states and you know what? I have finally found the place I will always come back to ~ Portland, Oregon!
    I am a new reader to your blog and am anxiously waiting to read about your new adventures.
    Good luck to you and have FUN!ReplyCancel

  • Carina

    i’ve made this – twice now! :P very tasty. good luck with the move!ReplyCancel

  • [...] someone new to your blog, which recipe do you recommend they try first?  Eggplant and Brown Rice Salad is very representative of my style of cooking. Or, if you like salt and vinegar potato chips, [...]ReplyCancel

  • Karin Bues

    I just made this recipe and it is fabulous. Love it. I am so glad to find it.ReplyCancel

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