I don’t consider myself to be a writer. It’s kind of weird because I actually have a bachelors degree in English with a focus in creative writing. But I feel like that was in another life 15 years ago that I barely connect with anymore. I’m no longer the same person. I followed that path because I had no idea what to do with my life and an English teacher told me I had talent. I never loved writing. I was never meant to be a writer.
I don’t mean this to sound overly self-involved but I put so much of myself into my food and my photos. More often than not I am spent by the time I’ve created the finished product. I don’t want to write anything down other than the recipe. The product should speak for itself. I have nothing to say. But bloggers are supposed to be a triple threat. We’re supposed to excel at the food, the photography and the writing. All while producing content at a steady, frequent pace. I insert my photos and my recipe into a new post and then I stare at my computer screen. Again, I have nothing to say.
So when this popped up in my Twitter feed earlier today, my immediate reaction was to feel defensive and hurt:
“Anybody who says they get writer’s block is what I call lazy.” –@ruhlman #iacp14
That was from Michael Ruhlman, speaking at a conference in Chicago. As far as I’m concerned that’s neither accurate nor fair. I spoke out on my opinion, which was difficult considering I found myself challenging several people in the industry who I have great respect for. But I felt compelled to speak up. I’m not lazy. I work my butt off.
“You can’t just stop writing & blame it on writer’s block. You push thru it.
Chefs don’t get chefs block!” – not @ruhlman
No, I don’t get chef’s block. But when I stare at my computer screen with nothing to say, it’s not laziness. I may not have newspaper deadlines but I have recipe deadlines up to my ears. I do the best I can. I’d rather say nothing than write about crap for the sake of writing. If that’s lazy, I give up.
Anyway, here’s a smoothie.
- 1 banana, preferably frozen and chopped
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1½ tablespoons raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon honey (or more to taste)
- Puree all ingredients in a blender.
- Serve chilled.