You guys are going to think I’m a big tease, especially when I say I’m back and then disappear for 10 days again. I think I should just officially tell y’all that I’m stepping back from the blog for a bit. At least through Ramadan and probably the summer. It’s unfortunate because I look forward to all the fresh produce that summer brings and am excited to try out new things but I just don’t see it happening right now.
I am definitely overwhelmed with Ramadan and my catering events. These were not on my calendar and as much as I love doing them, they are quite time consuming and tiring. I literally have no energy to cook and photograph for the blog.
However, more than my job and even Ramadan, it’s what’s going on in Palestine that has brought my life to a standstill. My heart is broken, my motivation is gone and my eyes are heavy with the tears that flow every night.
The thought of making an iftar feast for Ramadan while other Muslims (and non Muslims, many Palestinians are Christian) are burying their children is just more than I can handle. Right now, I have no inspiration, no motivation; I feel sort of dead inside. To me, what I do is trivial compared to what they are going through. I cannot, in good conscience, cook and photograph food.
Even our own Iftars have been just dates and water, with the sombre remembrance that we are eating and drinking so much more than others. I am grateful to my children and my husband for understanding and supporting my choice to keep things simple.
The topic of this conflict is controversial and divided. I am not going to air my views because this is a food blog. I have friends on both sides of the field but there is an obvious imbalance, even with the bias reporting, it is obvious. Occupation is occupation, wrong is wrong and inhumanity is inhumanity.
Not everyone is going to agree with what I believe in, and I will probably get a few notifications telling me of who has unsubscribed. That’s ok. I’ve already lost FB friends, I guess they weren’t friends after all.
Please don’t be offended if I don’t visit you and comment on your posts. I do receive them in my emails and I do read them there. I’m just kind of numb and need some time to renew my passion for cooking, baking and reading about cooking and baking.
Wherever your allegiance lies, I just ask that you pray for everyone; so many people on this Earth are persecuted, oppressed, humiliated and murdered on a daily basis. Please pray for humanity.