Apricot & tahini pistachio frangipane tart – a crisp press-in pastry and a nutty, complex tahini frangipane studded with summer stonefruit. Jump to Recipe
We went to listen to Nigella speak for an hour last week – she happened to be in Auckland, and is one of those fascinating people for whom thousands will come just to hear them converse on stage. Like a concert but without the performing, in some ways. One thing she said particularly resonated. When asked what advice she would handout, in retrospect, to a 20 year old version of herself, she stated the (maybe cliched) “take risks”. Because, she went on to describe, everything in life is on a spectrum between complete and utter boredom at one end, and being absolutely terrified at the other. Both extremes would result in waking up each day in dread of the hours to come – monotony vs fear – so it is a fine balance to tread a path somewhere in the middle of the two. To keep it exciting. The issue is that no one can predict where that point in the middle lies, so it is a case of continuing to take risks, and try new things, and follow opportunities, until you find it. Not settling, however challenging that may be.
Maybe it resonated because I’m 21, though her advice applies to any age. I think it’s more likely because I’ve been sitting happily in my comfort zone with this blog over the past year or two – sticking with the basics of what I know how to do in terms of photography, design and social media. Though medical school is certainly a strictly-prescribed trajectory, the constant assessment, learning and exams keep the pressure on, and new patient interactions and challenges push me outside that comfortable space regularly.