Still Cooking at the Cafe

Happy New Year to all. We’re still cooking here at the café, happy to leave behind a year that has been so devastating around the world.

Political turmoil, natural disasters, the struggle for justice –– and through it all, a pandemic disrupting our lives in numerous personal ways and making even simple things challenging.

We’ve all been through so much, and still the pandemic continues and surges, with many months predicted to go. We’ll still have to persevere, practice patience and resilience, and be vigilant in taking the precautions that stop the virus from spreading.

Yet arriving at this new year is still a celebration. A fresh start always brings inspiration and energy, and we can take hope in the progress we’ve made in the midst of crisis.

On today’s cafe menu: lentils, a food eaten in several countries on New Year’s Day, or the eve before, to bring good luck in the new year.

As we head into 2021, who couldn’t use a bit of luck in their efforts? Wherever you are, I imagine some lucky New Year’s food was on your table too. Our red lentils above are flavored with curry, lime juice and coconut milk, served over brown rice, and topped with a chopped fresh spinach salad. What was on your menu?

Fight on, Covid warriors. With perseverance and a little luck, we’ll get through this together. Wishing you good health, good food, and good fortune this year.

Copyright M. Vincent 2021. All photos copyright M. Vincent.

5 thoughts on “Still Cooking at the Cafe

  1. Love your new 2021 title page banner photo, with a mask as accent colors. (I didn’t notice that was a mask at first.) Very appropriate for your subject today. And using a notebook cover as background is surely a first. I haven’t seen those old, black notebook covers for years. BTW, where did you see that Chinese(?) warrior — in your last photo?

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    • Thank you for the compliment. That colorful mask is one of many made and distributed by my creative and generous friend Gloria. The masked warrior resides in the courtyard of a house in one of our near neighborhoods. I spotted him as we were driving by and thought he was a great image for our time.

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