The owner of this notebook has a particular fondness for genealogy as a subject and trees as iconography. She also expressed a preference for a pot roast recipe over my usual sweet baked goods. So after filling in my first single page with a little about me essay, I used my two double-page spreads to give her something I hope she'll like.
First, I offered up two recipes that make me think of family. To save on space, I printed the recipes themselves out to about the size of index cards and inserted them in an envelope. Then on the right-hand side, I drew sketches of the dishes and wrote a little spiel about what they meant to me:
The two dishes are:
- Svickova na smetane, which is a beef dish covered in a creamy root vegetable sauce. The sauce is sopped up with deliciously squishy bread dumplings. There is usually a garnish of whipped cream, some cranberry sauce, and a slice of lemon. To me, this is like Czech Thanksgiving, comfort food at its best.
- Toad in the Hole, which is impressive but so simple. Sausages are browned and then baked into a Yorkshire pudding. Another comfort food, I actually made this with my mom this past holiday season, but my memories are of eating this for a sunny Sunday lunch with family.
Next was a forest of three of the trees I grew up with.
What you can just about see above is:
- Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' cypress tree has been with me since elementary school. I've seen the painting in person twice, once in high school on a touring exhibit in Houston, where I promised it I would see it again in New York as a student of Sarah Lawrence College, my then-dream school. And then, obviously, the second time was indeed as an SLC student.
- 'Ferngully' was one of the few non-Disney animated movies that I loved as a kid. Along with flying and breathing underwater, the ability to 'help it grow' is totally up there on my list of desired superpowers.
- The other week, while I was working on this notebook, I found a book of Czech...proverbs? Sayings? I'm not sure, but it had black and white drawings in it, and one included a forest. So I included it, even though I didn't grow up with it, it's been on my bookshelf, or a bookshelf near me, for years.
The notebook has now moved on to another link in the chain of swappers, and I'm working on more pages in another notebook. I can't wait to get my own notebook back, full of pure imagination!
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