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01.18.19

COOKING SCHOOL UPDATE

cooking update | designlovefest

it’s hard to believe but we’re more than half way through our 20 week pro cooking class at ! it has been an amazingly eye opening experience on so many levels. it has changed the way i cook and truly given me the techniques and skills to take on almost anything. when they tell you at the start of each week what the class will be focused it always feels a little intimidating (pork chops! handmade pasta! deboning a fish! lobster bisque! braised chicken!) we’re going to do that?! and then by the end i always feel like that wasn’t that hard and i feel excited to try and make it again at home.

i feel so much more empowered in the kitchen! one of the most important things that i’m taking away from my time in is that time and effort leads to serious reward. there are so many things in life that feel out of reach out or not part of my skillset and i realize that if i can put focus on something for an extended period of time i will get better and that accomplishment feels amazing. seems obvious but i forget how rewarding it is to grow and learn at something new. i still share lots of cooking stories on monday on if you’re interested in following along!

cooking update | designlovefest

here are some LESSONS i’ve learned along the way, probably more than this but it’s a start!

PATIENCE IS EVERYTHING. learning to enjoy the whole process of cooking, preparing, and staying organized is what’s kept me in the game. i think it’s important to cook when you aren’t hungry, so you don’t rush the process. you watch the soup grow in flavor while it simmers. you wait for the pan to get piping hot for the perfect sear instead of just rushing into it. keep roasting the carrots longer until they are ready. making something from scratch is so satisfying and sometimes we want to speed up the process. but i promise it’s worth it to take your time and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

cooking update | designlovefest

MISE EN PLACE: i am not really a neat person, but i am learning to be. having a clean space is so helpful for my mood so i have been trying to be less avoidant when it comes to cleaning up. i know a lot of people think that when you have all these little bowls it can add up and be so many dishes. but incorporating mise en place (a french culinary phrase which means “putting in place” or “everything in its place”) really helps you keep tidy and makes cooking way less stressful.

cooking update | designlovefest

• i have that i put all my ingredients in before i start cooking. you can place all the ingredient bowls on a baking tray so you can easily carry the entire tray to the oven, and then to the sink after. rinse the whole tray and all the bowls right away and you will see how much easier the process is. no stuck on food. also having for larger ingredients and you can use one as your “scrap bowl” that sits right next to your chopping station and all of the extra pieces and ends go in there and then directly into a freezer bag for stock. (or compost, or trash, up to you. i just get giddy about not wasting food.).  will help you easily scoop up all of your chopped veggies to put in a bowl or into a pot. it’s also how i clean my cutting boards so quickly. remember how i talked about the patience portion before? if you are like me and don’t like to just stand around in the kitchen, you can take those extra minutes where your sauce needs more time and do a quick cleanup so that when your food is ready, you feel calm and relaxed.

cooking update | designlovefest

KITCHEN TOOLS! i remember when i first started cooking for real (prob about 2 years ago) before justin moved in i had really sad dull knives from ikea, i had just gotten my  for christmas from my parents, and i was lacking a lot of kitchen tools. while having all the gadgets is exciting, it’s also really not that necessary. i know for me it was overwhelming to think of all the things i still needed in the kitchen. take it slow. learn to cook and make a list of things you really want to purchase next. but as long as you have a heavy duty cutting board (s is cool), a sharp knife ( and ) a , a for eggs, a pot (love but they are pricier. i really like. i think the white inside is important so you can really see the browning happening on the bottom), and , that is a wonderful start. once you get some momentum, is a great next step. and a is awesome for zesting, grating garlic, and adding touches of cheese to your final plates.

BRI’S RECOMMENDED KITCHEN TOOLS:

oh! and , good time to get something you need!

 

cooking update | designlovefest
cooking update | designlovefest

FOOD SHOPPING: groceries and constant meal ideas. also overwhelming! i get it. i use a variety of things that work for us. once a week i go to grocery store. if i don’t have time or just feeling lazy, i use and that saves me a ton of time and the delivery fee is only $5. i also find that i spend less money when i use because i am not strolling through the aisles just adding a bunch of stuff we don’t need. it saves your favorites in a list…

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01.15.19

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 116

another from woody guthrie’s list of resolutions — dream good! — in colors inspired by a . –

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01.10.19

SLOW WALKING

hi there. usually in january i get a little freaked out. i’m out of my work routine, work can be slower and that used to bring me a lot of anxiety, and i get overwhelmed with being a better version of myself (new year pressure).

this year i’ve been doing it a bit different. i’ve been throwing myself at things that make me happy and slow walking into 2019 instead of freaking out. cooking, being healthier (wedding dress fitting in two weeks!), alone time, reading, cardio dancing around the house for 6 mins while justin looks at me funny. last month was so hectic, i need to learn to appreciate the slower weeks! getting in a good mindset is the most important for creative work anyway. it takes a little effort to quiet that little anxious voice inside of me, but i have been getting a lot better at it. i just have to trust that each year brings new and different opportunities, and the unknown is kinda fun actually.

i hope for all you freelancers out there, you can relate. love, bri

01.03.19

10 HEALTHY RECIPES!

it’s the beginning of the year. most of us overdid it on the holidays, because that’s what you do in life! but now we want to clean up our act a little. here are 10 of my favorite go-to recipes when i am trying to eat healthier. and you can always sub cauliflower rice if you want to really go for it!

• 1. chicken salad lettuce wraps

• 2. greek bowls (i make these allll the time!)

• 3. tabbouleh salad

• 4. fish taco bowls

5. joan’s breakfast smoothie

6. nancy’s chopped salad

• 7. chicken salad (making this one soon!)

• 8. honey lime salmon bowls

• 9. carrot ginger soup

10. healthy fried rice (with coconut)

cheers (with water for me) to getting back to some healthier habits! aaand working towards feeling great for our wedding this year! xx bri

01.03.19

HAND-DRAWN LOVE / 115

words from etta james in colors inspired by a photograph. –

(photo and hand drawn type by for designlovefest)

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