Hello my lovely readers and happy Sunday to you all 🙂 Hope you had a great start to the Winter season, Can you believe it’s already June? Such craziness!
Speaking of craziness I recently realised that it’s been almost 2 years since I’ve had my blog…..can’t believe how fast time flies sometimes!!
This time around I thought instead of sharing a recipe to celebrate the milestone, I’ll be reflective and share with you my journey and the reason why I do this.
You may think that I’ve been cooking for a long time but really it’s not as long as you might think. I mean, I used to dabble a bit with baking back in the day but never that regularly and to the extent of what I do now. I wouldn’t say that I have always loved to cook or anything like that. So why you ask I keep at it? This is a very good question.
It all started around the same time that I lost my Dad, almost 5 years ago. After he passed away it seemed like I was stuck in a fog. My family and I were going through a really tough time with no end in sight. I needed to stay positive and find a way to escape our current situation but didn’t know what to do. I felt really lost, at the time I was living and working in Hobart and staying there was becoming unbearable. It was such a small town with so many memories, I needed to move forward and start fresh.
So early in 2015 I made the decision to leave Hobart and started to regularly look for work. I knew that it wouldn’t be easy and time consuming but thought it was at least a start. In the process of doing this I also noticed that applications for My Kitchen Rules (MKR) program had opened so I thought I’d also submit an application, we really needed a distraction and had nothing left to lose. The following months turned out to be quite unexpected indeed!
MKR turned out to be a really great experience. The many months of auditions, menu writing and cooking not only helped pass the time and distract us but it really helped me put my creativity into good use. It was amazing and although we didn’t get to be on the show I really learned a lot from that chapter of my life. So much so that once it ended I didn’t want to stop. I kept going, I applied to master chef too! I practiced for weeks on end and when it was time to audition I was so sick from the flu that I collapsed. That didn’t stop me from auditioning though…I flew to Melbourne and gave it a go, needless to say it didn’t go very well. I felt a bit defeated but thankfully I had a great support system of family and friends who believed in me so I decided to keep trying (by the way I was still looking for work too!)
I liked the idea of applying again for MKR however I had to wait until the following year to apply again and had a good six months to spare….I had to keep practicing and needed an audience to try the food we were making. Not traditional Persian but a bit fusion and contemporary. I decided to enquire about having a food stall at the local farmer’s market, after a few back and forth emails and application forms we managed to secure a temporary stall a couple of Sundays a month and so started our market journey!
Some of my favourite MKR creations; Sabzi polo with Mahi and deconstructed Apple Kolooche with Pomegranate sorbet 🙂
Our market journey was fabulous and I would do it again in a heartbeat. We had even started to gain some popularity and regular customers, however after a few short months it had to end as I managed to find a job in Sydney after months of applying and getting rejected….the time had finally come to pack our bags and move to the big smoke!
Sydney is a great city, I grew up here but coming back was a different story. The first year was a very overwhelming and challenging experience for me. Trying to get my bearings with work and life in a relatively new city with very few friends was pretty difficult. I even tried applying to many markets but no one seemed to be interested in what we had to offer. It felt like I had come to a dead end somehow but I couldn’t let setbacks stop me so I decided to make an outlet in the form of a blog.
This blog is very special to me, my baby in fact. I’m so happy that I started this journey and kept going. It has been a very worthwhile one indeed. I want to finish up with a quote, I know it’s kind of cheesy but who cares!
” Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” Winston Churchill
This is my go to quote, whenever I feel defeated, rejected, heartbroken I think of this quote and it helps me to keep on going. This quote resonated with me and the reason is that it rings so true, life has it’s ups and downs, failures and setbacks but don’t allow it to define you. Keep trying and moving forward because you never know what is around the corner!
I sometimes wonder where I would be now if I hadn’t kept trying…definitely not here I think. I’m so glad I kept going, it’s been an incredible journey and it’s not over. I hope you can join me in another year full of foodie adventures and recipes.
Thank you as always for the support, till next time Xx