I've been trying a lot of new things lately and it has been a really rewarding experience. Things that I promised I would never do (like cook) have taken on real significance in my life and I've begun to consider why I've resisted so strongly in the past.
Cooking for me always seemed like a chore and something that I thought would make me weak for doing; hear me out. I thought that being a feminist meant resisting prescribed gender roles - point, blank period. I thought it meant that anything that was stereotypically reserved for "girls and womxn" were things that I should decide not to do. However, age and a little bit of wisdom has taught me that being a womxn and being a feminist means that I get to create my own experience of what that means to me. It means that I can accept the complexity and, sometimes, conflicting ways of "being a womxn" because being a womxn means a multitude of things to different people. Once I started to embrace the plurality of womxnhood, I started to feel better about the things that I wanted to do without bearing the weight of what others might say they mean about me as a result.
With that burden off of my shoulder, I realized that I want to learn to cook and that it would be empowering to not only be able to save money by doing so, but also share this art with others that I love.
So I called on Azura Dea to help show me around the kitchen.
On the menu:
- Roasted Chicken
- Roasted Potatoes
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts
- Whole Chicken
- Brussel Sprouts
- Herbs (I'm not even kidding when I tell you that I didn't know what she meant by herbs- so I'm going to break it down and say "thyme and rosemary")
- 3-4 Lemons
- Garlic Bulb
- Olive Oil
Check out the full experience in photos and vlog* below!
*shout out to Amir Figueroa for helping me on my vlog journey. Together we are learning and developing our talents in this process together!