Do you ever stop yourself and say “Man, if I had a reality show, people would think I’m either incredibly boring or extremely weird.” Well, today I thought that. And I think it a lot. I live in a high-rise apartment building (49 floors), and I’m on the 30th floor. Our windows face another building that’s built perpendicular to ours. It’s about three-quarters of a football field away and in between us is the pool/deck. I promise I’m not just bragging about where I live, I’m trying to paint a picture, so bare with me.
Long story short, you can see pretty well into the other building’s apartment units. Every morning, I sit down at my desk and when I take that first sip of coffee, I look out of my window and see into the lives of the people across the way. What do I see?
I see a lot of normal stuff, unfortunately. You know, people making their bed, closing their blinds to get dressed, making breakfast, fiddling around with things on their dressers and tables. Actually, one man always sits down at his desk around the same time that I do (8:00am) and I feel like we’re connected. Maybe he’s a food blogger too?
At night, things get a bit more interesting, but I haven’t seen anyone chop their date up into bits.
I think about what people might have thought about me this morning. At first, it looks like I’m fiddling in my kitchen, cooking. I may do a little twerking or dancing, if I’m in the mood. Next I’m setting up boards and panels and a tripod. Then, I start getting weird – standing on the couch, kneeling in awkward positions to get the right angle, and draping things on my windows. Today, I literally sat down with my remote trying to snap a shot of me dropping goat cheese on top of this dish. Literally, for 25 minutes. It didn’t work, I couldn’t get the shot.
While all this goes down, I often think “the people across the way either think that I’m insane, a mad scientist or a food photographer.” Do I care? No. Is it funny to think about? Yes.
Even though I couldn’t get the perfect shot of the goat cheese falling effortlessly from my spoon ladle onto the dish, it’s still wonderful. The spiced pumpkin seeds are simple to make and add such a kick to this meal, especially when forked with a sweet cranberry and the creamy goat cheese. These butternut squash noodles are quickly becoming a favorite – all you need to do is roast them for 5-8 minutes and they don’t really need a sauce, because they already have such a distinct flavor. Can regular wheat pasta do that?
Maybe next time I start to photograph a dish, I’ll pin a sign to my window that says, in big block letters, “INSPIRALIZED.COM“.