There is a concept in Zen Buddhism called Shoshin, meaning ‘Beginners Mind’. It refers to being open-minded and eager when learning about something new, and letting go of preconceived ideas, concepts, techniques and methods that could prevent us from fully receiving this knowledge or experience. Now, I’m not trying to get all preachy… but this is how I try to approach life, as much as possible, including when writing this blog about poetic food.

Let’s regress… I’m no expert in food or blogging. I’ve never even taken a cooking class or grown a garden (that flourished anyway.) I am also not a professional writer, which I’m certain will become very apparent in due time. However, cooking, eating and writing are some of the things that interest me most, and so I’ve decided to use this as an opportunity to educate myself, and hopefully, inspire or at least, entertain others.

Food makes me happy for lots of reasons. It has so much potential to not only nourish our bodies, but to nourish our souls through family, friendship, charity and tradition. That is what I’m exploring here. I’ve got a lot of food experiences, stories and ideas to share and many more to discover. This is just the beginning of poetic food journey.