Redacted Recipes is not a confessional blog. We write about the food we make and the food we've eaten in restaurants and sometimes Jack writes about food in the context of growing up in the north of England. We often sprinkle anecdotes about ourselves and friends and family into posts because they give context to the food we're writing about, but we've never been prone to journal-like posts about how we're feeling or rants about about politics and religion. We do that elsewhere.
But those of you who have been reading Redacted Recipes for a while will have gleaned a fair amount of information about us by now. You know that I have three wonderful children, one of whom is vegetarian, and you know I turned fifty this year. You know we like Radiohead, and that we drove across the country in May. You know that we are members of a CSA and that we blame Tammy of Food on the Food for seducing us into joining. You know that Jack and I met through the internet, and that the first four years of our relationship was transatlantic. You know that he landed a contract here in New York and that we've been living happily together in Brooklyn for the last six years. Given that you know these things and that we're facing a big change, we felt it would be decidedly odd not to acknowledge our situation-- partly because it will change the nature of the posts in this blog, and partly because we have come to think of many of you as friends.
In January of this year we had to come to grips with the fact that Jack's work visa expires at the end of this month. We had to face the fact that his employer chose not to sponsor him for a green card and we had to look at options and make hard decisions. It's not the right time for Ann to relocate to the UK and (our ultimate plan) and take a lower-paying job, and it's not optimal for Jack to stay here unemployed until he can legally work. And so we decided to go back to being transatlantic for the next few years.
Without wanting to seem too pathetic, it's going to be a month of farewells. In addition to Jack's leaving, Ann's youngest daughter, Sophie, will be spending the first semester of her senior high school year in an international school in Italy, and her older daughter will head back off to college. It will be a bit quiet here in Brooklyn, for sure.
On the up side, Jack will be posting about all things food-related in the UK and will probably be eating a lot of curry again. Both of us will be posting about the challenges of cooking for one while still keeping it interesting-- something Jack does far better than Ann, who likes an audience when she cooks and tends to eat rather haphazardly on her own (left-over rice for breakfast, anyone?). And we'll have wonderful romantic visits with each other.
On the down side, well, we all know what the down side is. We will miss joy of the small daily domestic routines we've gotten used to, and we will miss each other terribly.
We just thought you should know.