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Remember these? (If you don’t remember them, I don’t know how to talk to you…because you’re five.)
Thanks to the magic of eBay and the stl_vintage store, I now own this shirt – nostalgia satisfied.
The No Fear shirts perfectly represent not just today’s post, but what today is all about. Today, friends, is my birthday. I’m one year older than the oldest I’ve ever been. Like this shirt, I’m crossing the line from “vintage” to “dated.” Ye Olde Cave Girl is on her way to becoming Ye Older Cave Matron.
And I think I might be OK with that. I’m entering my pre-thirties with the commitment to conquer fear of all kinds, including:
Fear of freestyle rapping;
Fear of technology (I still use a Zack Morris phone); and
Fear of cooking.
Yes, friends, I have a totally irrational aversion to any kind of high-level cooking (and by high-level, I mean anything that requires more than a cast-iron skillet, heat, and willingness to eat hockey pucks). As I indicated to Jennie in our Easy Paleo interview, I’m a food blogger who can’t really cook. It’s hilarious, truly. In a this hockey puck was marinated in teardrops kind of way.
Of course, I’m exaggerating. (Kind of.) I actually really love the amazing, totally do-able recipes Bill & Hayley, Diane, and Melissa Joulwan have created in their phenomenal books. I’ve made some incredible meals with their help.
Yet it had never occurred to me that cooking could also be an exercise in conquering fear. Then, a few days ago, I downloaded my copy of Caveman Feast by my friend George of Civilized Caveman Cooking.
George has created a fantastic cookbook; one that helped me realize that it’s my attitude that has been lacking – not my cooking skills. In the introduction to Caveman Feast, George says:
“The million dollar secret to cooking: don’t have any fear and enjoy yourself…if you stress and doubt yourself, it will show in your food.”
Erm, I kinda felt a little emotionally naked after that. Because he is so right. I felt like he was talking about me!
Fitting that I should be in my emotional birthday suit just as I began thinking about what to do for the annual “Liz gets another year weirder” celebration. Cave Husband and I opted to cook together and have a quiet evening “in” with a home-cooked meal and
tons of tequila shots a half-glass of Ginger cider. I chose a few recipes from Caveman Feast and decided to be FEARLESS and make them fun, exciting, and unique to me. I totally nerded out on these, and it was fun!
For dinner, I made George’s Sweet Potato “Pasta” and combined it with his Almond Jalapeño Burgers. And I made the burgers über cute (duh). Topped with leftover creamy avocado from my birthday “cake” recipe, these were fun, yummy, and total fuel for my self-satisfaction.
For dessert, I chose the chocolate avocado cake and totally improvised – something I would’ve been too fearful to do before – by (gasp!) substituting raspberries for strawberries.What’s better than a cake made of cocoa, avocado, and raspberries?!
I did exactly what George told me to do – I enjoyed myself, removed stress and doubt, and made something awesome. Happy birthday to me! And thanks, George. (Smiling emoticon)
To download Caveman Feast, click here. Or any of the other fifty links I put in this post (smiling emoticon).