A new start


Natascha’s Palace.I know it sounds presumptuous but really, it is not intended to be. I decided to call my blog by this name because that is how I feel about my home. It is by no means a literal palace but I feel lucky to live in it. It is a flat in Madrid where I live with my husband of nearly three years. It is decorated with memories of our lives. Those memories include those of our childhoods, our schooling, our families, our lives when we were single and our married life. My favourite parts of the house are the kitchen and the living room. The kitchen is where I love to try and make the lovely recipes I find in my cookbooks or online, much to my husband’s delight. Cooking is a way of relaxing. I am a 1st grade teacher and my job is not relaxing. This is not to say I don’t enjoy it..but it can be crazy sometimes and emotionally draining. When I come home, I feel so grateful to be able to let go of the day. Cooking is also a way of showing someone that you love them…as well as a way of making little events . I often open up a cookbook and find myself relaxing as I ask my husband how a particular recipe sounds. Then on a random Tuesday night, I will prepare it.  Recipes have order and logic. Once you get the hang of them, you can count on them turning out right in the future. Teaching is not like that! You can present the same lesson to two groups of children the same age, and you can be astonished by the varying results.
      So I am beginning this new year determined to try new things and to keep learning. This is especially true in the culinary sense. Last July, I purchased Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and I want to continue using it as often as possible. The feeling of success afterwards is wonderful and I think, “Julia would be proud of me!”;) I often enjoy reading others’ adventures in cooking and baking and thought maybe I should share mine too.
    Wishing everyone a happy new year..from my palace to yours!