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From Norwegian Fjords to Greek Islands: My Culinary Adventures Amidst Climate Extremes

A serene Norwegian landscape with an open cookbook revealing a colorful dish, resting on a wooden table.
Kaia Thonul, Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 07:09

Good morning everyone!

As I'm gliding along in this comforting cocoon of a train, meandering through the picturesque Norwegian scenery, I am feeling a delightful sense of cheer. The sunlight dances on the placid fjords, casting a shimmering glow that's a embodiments of tranquility. My nose tingles in the cool 12-degree air, while contrasting news from Greece deeply occupy my thoughts.

Reading about the scorching, 45-degree heatwave sweeping across the Greek Islands, I can almost feel the oppressive heat fogging up my glasses. Thoughts and prayers reach out to those affected, and gratitude folds around me like a warm blanket, for the more forgiving climate of my own homeland. Situations like these do remind us to stay informed, to respect the powerful forces of nature, and to value the safety that information brings.

Despite the sobering news, I'm looking forward to learning to cook! The very concept has always filled me with intrigue and a sense of adventure. Centering around the heart of the home – the kitchen, there is something incredibly therapeutic and grounding about creating nourishing meals.

Lately, I've been fascinated by the world of colourful spices, vibrant veggies and mysterious techniques. Yes, I've been elbow-deep in stunning cookbooks and delightful YouTube tutorials, eagerly learning the magic behind transforming basic raw ingredients into delicious masterpieces.

I can't help but daydream about the appetizing aroma of freshly ground spices wafting around my kitchen, and the comforting warmth of a stew slowly simmering on the stove. Oh, the joy of kneading dough, and the subtle yet intricate skill required to perfectly sear a piece of steak! Every aspect offers a unique assembling puzzle, an art form in itself.

Cooking is more than mere survival; it's a love language, an art, an absolute delight. The satisfaction that comes from preparing a meal, whether for oneself or loved ones, is unparalleled. It's a shared experience that brings people together and creates lifelong memories.

Through my journey of learning to cook, I'm excited about the skills I'll acquire. Not only practical kitchen skills but also the ability to plan and multitask, discipline, patience, and perhaps most importantly, creativity. And isn't that something? The simple act of cooking a meal providing an unforeseen pathway to self-discovery.

So, here I am, on my familiar train ride to Oslo, joyously contemplating my new culinary adventures. Let’s see where this journey takes me. Tune in for updates on my progress – I promise, burnt toast stories and triumphs alike!

Embrace every experience, dear readers, even those that challenge you, because at the end of the day, it's all about growing, learning, and embracing the delightful surprises life has to offer. Stay warm, stay cool, stay safe, wherever you are in this beautiful world! And remember, the best meals are those prepared with joy.

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