Spring breeze coming thru the windows, tunes flowing thru the speakers, & a counter full of fresh produce ready to be harmonized into deliciousness
6 years ago I left a fancy corporate job at a major health system in Philly. I was stressed to the brink of a nervous breakdown & deeply depressed. My family & friends didn't know how to help me, & doctors seemed content keeping me in a constant state of mental & physical chaos while they experimented with every anti-anxiety & mood-stabilizing drug on the market; none of it worked for me.
After a stint in the world of self-medicating, I decided to take control my my life. I channeled my sleeplessness into research, & my research led me right to my own kitchen. There, I had to take a long hard look at myself in the reflection of the oven door & get real about what I'd been putting into my body. I'd gone from an annoying vegan in college to eating whatever was easiest to grab in the 30 minutes a day I was unchained from my desk. I'd gone from a very active life to sitting in a chair all day. My body didn't know what the fuck was going on & it showed.
I lived in South Jersey at the time, took advantage of a solid local food scene & got into cooking. This wasn't totally new for me (I come from a family who loves to cook) but it was definitely out of my comfort zone. I learned that my favorite things to make focused on simple fresh ingredients, & I found I had natural talent in the kitchen. Most importantly, I discovered joy & passion in a creative outlet that had been missing from my life for too long. I took pride in feeding my friends & family. I was getting back to my happy, healthy self. This is where Love Bites was born.
Somewhere in this year+ of trying to run a brick & mortar business, I lost that passion. I found myself heading back to the dark place that I'd fought so hard to escape. During my #SelfCareSabbatical, one of my main goals is to get back that initial happiness I got from cooking delicious, nourishing foods. So today, on this beautiful springy Saturday, there's no place I'd rather be than in my kitchen with this bounty. We're gonna eat good this weekend #LoveBitesbyErika