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"Just be who you are, calm and clear and bright." - Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

Experiments in incandescent living

Imagine you are a white-hot tangle of ice, dust, rock and gases, and as you hurtle across the night sky the rest of us are celebrating your transit with champagne and gourmet lollipops. The universe is vast, but we are only as small as we believe ourselves to be; and if we lived each moment in that same spirit of humble awe with which we now and again gaze at the stars, the world would be an infinitely happier place.

I blog about books and writing on Mondays, travel and spirituality on Tuesdays, and art, knitting and sewing on Thursdays, but above all I want to use this space to explore the magical connection between veganism and creativity (so the juiciest posts go up on Wednesdays!) On this site you’ll also find Where We Make, a Friday feature on artists’ workspaces.

Recently on the blog...

09/17

Competent Omelet Flipping and Other Noble Endeavors

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Last night Faith and I went to see The Hundred-Foot Journey, which (for all its preparation of traditional French and non-Hindu Indian cuisine) got me strangely excited to experiment in the kitchen and expand my competency in areas that have always given me trouble. I will not cook with eggs again, but I still want to learn how to flip an omelet!

What? There is such a thing as a vegan omelet? Yes, friends! Check out this amazing recipe by Vegan Richa (it’s soy and gluten free to boot). As you can see, my attempt did not come out so neatly…

 

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The Hundred-Foot Journey follows the rise of a young Indian chef, who studies old French cookbooks every night before bed. It hit me that, while doing things by the seat of one’s pants may sometimes result in unexpected deliciousness, if you actually want to learn how to do things correctly you ought to apply a bit more diligence. Even just Googling a particular technique and reading a couple of articles can be the difference between a triumph and a flop. And, y’know, using the right sort of skillet! I need to learn more about equipment too—”the right tools for the job” and all that.

 

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I’ve been talking about my “uncookbook” with anyone who asks what I’m currently working on, and the response is always enthusiastic. My amazing time at Squam last week (blog post coming soon!) reinforced for me that the teacher is as much a student as everyone else in the classroom, and I’m excited to expand my competence as I begin setting down what I already know.

 

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Hi! I'm Camille. I only write stories that could never ever happen in real life, though I do believe in real-life magic. If we were in the same room I'd fix you a cup of tea, but for now we'll have to settle for a virtual connection. I'm really glad you're here.
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