So, I've been away for a while. After the Hacker News résumé debacle, my tendency was to go dark, wait it out, and come up for air when it was all over.
Well, it's all over now. I left my company, packed up the house, and moved to Durham, NC. It sounds so simple written in that way, but this was one of the biggest decisions I've ever had to make, leaving behind friends and family (and Vance, temporarily) to set up life in a new place. Durham is nowhere near where we wanted to be, yet everything we were looking for in a city at the same time. Everywhere I turn there's a market selling local eggs, dairy, or produce. The weather is mild (save for the tornadoes); the house is amazing, save for the occasional lack of hot water; and the area is saturated with brilliant minds and eco-conscious hippie types. There are huge, old trees lining my drive into downtown, and birds of every size and shape singing me awake in the morning. As soon as there's a Stumptown around the block and public transit to get me there, I'd say we're exactly where we've wanted to be but didn't know it.
While Vance is wrapping up the school year back in Orlando, I've been checking out the local food scene, taking notes, and working up the motivation to return to blogging by reading through my stack of cookbooks over and over again. As with my frequent, frustrating design blocks, sometimes I just need to admire other people's work to set off a spark of inspiration in my own mind. So Friday's lunch at Rue Cler finally did me in: asparagus and chèvre crêpe, smothered in a rich, complex tomato sauce. (Can I just stop for a moment and marvel at the caliber of food you can get for eight bucks in Durham?)
This dish is what I'm beginning to love about the city — simple, honest food that is unpretentious but at the same time exceptional. After I came across a sweet farmer from Hillsborough selling asparagus at the Durham Farmer's Market, I simply had to reinterpret it back at home. Next time, I'll pick up some local goat cheese, but for this go-around I was thrilled to highlight local asparagus and tomatoes in the dish. And as always, the herbs are local (from the very young but thriving herb garden right outside my front door!)
All that to say I'm still alive, still cooking, still eating… Just