When I walked in through the doors of my apartment on Sunday night, feet sore from five hours spent in high heels, clothes smelling of tomato sauce and fingers shrivelled from washing and drying stacks of dishes, it was a cup of herbal tea that saved my life. Brought into my weary arms by a loving partner, and accompanied by a discussion of all of the day's highs and downs, it was a true game-changer. It brough focus and stability and calm. And it made me realize that sometimes, we just can't do it all.
Despite my best intentions, one day into the Jewish Food Project has made me realize that I won't be able to keep updating this space with the regularity you are used to, while still providing the quality of recipes and writing that I aspire to. Therefore, I have decided to take a step back, accept the need for a brief hiatus and cut down on the amount of original content that I'm putting up here on this blog.
In general, I have been feeling for a while now adrift in a sea of possibilities, but washing away from my desired shores. There are glimpses of the me I want to be out here, the kind of writing and recipes I had originally set out to produce when I started this space. My photography is getting better, but the more hours I spend behind the camera, the less strength I have to spend hours in front of the computer, smithing words together into sentence. Sadly, there just hasn't been enough time to do it all for a little while now.
But I believe that with a brief hiatus, I can change back the course of the tide.
So what does that mean for this space here? I will still put up one original post a week for a few short weeks (three or four would be my guess - two-and-a-half for the duration of the project, and then one or two more to catch up). On another day, I will promote a post from the archives that I feel particularly passionate about - it could be a timely, seasonal recipe, or just an essay that I think deserves to be re-examined. And for the third day of the week, Friday, I will highlight one blogger or writer who I think is making a difference in the food writing world. Deal?
I hope you will bear with me through this time as I try to accomplish everything I've set out to do, in the best way possible. I believe this space, and our relationship, will all be the better for it. And in the words of one timeless cliche that actually happens to be true this time: it's really not you. It's me.
P.S. - Want to see what I'm up to away from this space? I will be posting some unpolished smartphone photos fairly frequently on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! You can also follow me on Pinterest and Bloglovin’, subscribe to my mailing list, or contact me about advertising and becoming a sponsor. If you make one of my recipes, don’t forget to tag it #immigrantstable @immigrantstable!