As adults, I find that we rarely, truly confront discomfort. We can go years without putting ourselves in that very vulnerable place of learning something new, being in a situation that scares us, or exploring the unknown with no way to predict what might happen. In my work, I see women fighting with the inevitability of the unknown in birth: for many, not knowing what will happen during the course of their labour and birth and not knowing whether they will achieve the outcomes they had hoped for is enough to send them into the throes of in-depth contingency planning or panic, or both.
My job is to match pregnant mamas with doulas that they will love, who will carry the honour of being with the woman and her family during birth with care and attention and love. Every so often, I get to match myself with a family, reminding me of why I cherish this work and how much I have to learn from the power of birthing women.
This spring I had the good fortune of working with a chef and her lovely family. We communicated through words and food, with me bringing her a fortifying traditional Ethiopian postpartum dish just after she birthed, and she making me and my family an exquisite Thai meal a few weeks later.
Corn Cakes with Cheddar, Cilantro, Bacon and Eggs
I’ve been trying to share this recipe with you for a really long time. First, I made it and took pictures of it and then realized that I hadn’t written down a single ingredient or quantity as I was creating the recipe.
Chocolate Strawberry Salad
I think it’s safe to say that many of us spend quite a lot of time fantasizing about having other people’s lives. Or even our own, before we had kids/gained 30 pounds/bought the house. We daydream about what it might be like to have more money, live abroad or be able to run a marathon. I know I am guilty of this, even to the extent that I can be acutely unaware of the blessings I do have, in favour of having someone else’s.
Asparagus with Maple Gastrique, Bacon and 6 Minute Egg
Sometimes the simplest meals, thrown together with a pinch of creativity and a generous helping of fresh and healthy, are noteworthy enough to take a picture of and share.
This was a spontaneous weekend lunch – a day that my daughter and I were sharing together. I cooked a few slices of bacon, drained most of the fat out of the pan and threw in an entire bunch of asparagus. Meanwhile, I boiled two eggs for six minutes. As the asparagus began to soften and curl gently along the sides of my sauté pan, I splashed in a healthy glug of maple syrup, ginger and apple cider vinegar gastrique from Pure Infused Maple Syrup. If you can’t get your hands on some of this nectar, then I would suggest just tossing in some maple syrup and apple cider vinegar in lieu.