There is something really bold about growth. The willingness to step out of the comfort of a boat and to have faith of such magnanimous proportions as to be daring enough to step out in the middle of the ocean with the audcacity to walk on walk on water, fueled by nothing more than faith in the Saviour.
I had no idea this was how I was going to start this blog post but it seems pretty apt. This was never ever just a recipe blog. Never has been, never will be. It is an artistic and creative exploration into life- how we serve it, how we live it, how we can better it, how we can enjoy it, how we challenge it. How we grow. This is why the slogan of this blog is “Serving the good life!”
How can I, Kari, the purveyor of all things good and enriching not be stretched beyond the confines of my own comfort zone, if I am to be able to help you, my reader- do the same?
And these past few months have been quite a stretch. I have stretched in uncomfortable and painful ways. I have had to challenge the false security blankets I was hiding under. I realised I was in a sinking boat and I had two choices- stay and sink or step out and walk on water.
Funny thing is that either way, is death.
You have to be ready to die to take big risks. You have to be ready to die repeatedly to not only maintain success. And certainly, you have to be ready to die, to grow.
I am not talking about a real death. But like a seed, which must fall to the ground and die, then be buried under soil for it to be given over to what appears like death but are actually the perfect conditions for all the potential that is hidden within to burst from within its own shell. Eventually that buried potential breaks through the surface of the tomb encasing of the seed coat, then peaks through the soil to become a stong, sturdy plant bearing fruit perennially in It’s own season. By virtue of simply showing up and doing what it was purposed to do, that plant creates a sub-climate around it that causes others to grow.
This my dears is the era that we bloom where we are planted.
I started a kitchen garden because the symbolism of gardening and turning a desert into a forest is certainly not lost on me. I am walking out a self-fulfilling prophecy. And this brings me to my video. The purpose you are here. But I know you have already gotten so much more.
This video I am sharing is years in the making. I only shot one video some 8 years ago. You see, I am a retired perfectionist. I retired last year in December.
The one who had really high production value and was waiting on a TV crew (because I come from a strong TV background of 24 years in TV production and know the ingredients of a great show. I am a great producer. I am a great director. I am pretty good as talent (something I am warming up to owning though I have been talent the longest). But, I cannot be not all three at the same time and I am certainly not a great editor. And as far as I was concerned, I didn’t want to do videos unless I had a boss crew and we could do boss stuff. So for 10 YEARS I parked the space on YouTube. And guess what? I still don’t have a crew.
I just came to the realization that all of the YouTubers who I watched as an early adopter of the platform, while cringing then, are now way better and have had serious financial success.
There is a part of me that is extremely introverted, though I have been talent on national TV since age 16.
Yes that was me as the prime time news weather girl at 19. But I have been hiding.
I have been hiding behind the camera and it seems as though God allowed a series of tragedies to occur in my life to shift my perspective from those lens I had been looking through.
I cannot be that coach (Certified and proven though I am) who helps others to better themselves without living it myself.
And so, I am back in front of camera. Without a crew. Just like how I went back on national radio without a crew for my radio show “Thrive With Kari” in December 2019. We are going back on air in August for Season 2 by the way. But back to the camera and YouTube. I am back. Without a crew. Just a one woman show. That’s what this is for now, because it has to be. But though I do it alone, I am not alone and I would love if you would join me on this incredibly powerful journey.
I have been uploading videos weekly for a few months on YouTube. But now, I am actually doing cooking videos. Without a crew. I am building with what I have… using what I have. I have had to retire from my lifelong role of perfectionist because I realised that it was a barrier for entry. And barriers block growth. So, yeah, we simply show up and be the best we can in the moment. I believe I have something special to offer you, and to receive from you. Again, join me.
I did the video on a recipe I developed nearly 20 years ago. It’s one that my late Aunty Sheryl, who was the best chef in the family, actually asked me for. I should have known then that I was something amazing in the kitchen. The thing is that I had only eaten quiche once before and I recreated it based on taste and intuition without ever looking up a recipe. It seemed fitting to pick that one. Plus I grew the callaloo inside that same Victory Kitchen Garden I started with my 6yo during quarantine. You ready yet?
Quite on the set! Lights! Roll Tape! ACTION!!!!!
For the actual recipe:
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The portrait in this post was snapped by my 6yo, who also told me how to pose.