A retired museum curator’s blog

After having spent most of your life working inside a museum, when you retire you lose the sense of purpose you once had. I guess it happens to most people who end their professional activity due to one reason or another. Suddenly, you notice that you need to reorganize your schedule by yourself and that some of the excitement and joys that your job provided need now be replaced with other occupations.


It so happens that I have a numerous family and we all live close to one another, so, at least during the weekends, we all gather at our place (because we have a big porch and garden in the backyard) and we have dinner together. Sometimes we also celebrate anniversaries and special events of our family and hold small parties.

In the past, it was my wife who dealt with all the preparations, helped by other members of the family because I was usually at work. However, she’s still working, so I’ve taken over her responsibilities to ease her evenings. Cooking is not something I’m not familiar with, but I’m no expert, so I may need some practice.


Before starting a cooking class or something similar, I reckon I should first listen to my wife’s advice and indications, but also scout the internet for simple and healthy recipes – as I’m not longer at an age when I can’t afford anymore eating any types of food. So, from now on, this will be my purpose, that finding recipes and building a new ‘career’ as an amateur cook.  At least in what concerns the aspect of my dishes, my years spent near art and artifacts should be of assistance. When it comes to cooking techniques however, my skills don’t go as far.

Luckily, the internet is filled with video tutorials, step by step recipes, and kitchen tricks to ease your work. I am sure that if I follow them closely I will be able to handle things in the kitchen in no time. Meanwhile, I share my progress on the blog and post easy and healthy recipes that I came up with or that I was taught by others more skilled at cooking than I am. By doing so I hope to receive feedback from my readers in the form of tips on how to improve my recipes and suggestions on how to shorten the amount of time spent in the kitchen.

For the moment, I am assisting my wife in preparing day to day meals while taking notes (literally, I have a notebook and a pen and I write down anything I find to be useful). For now, I haven’t put in practice all the theory, but I hope soon enough I will be able to handle everything in the kitchen all by myself, like a pro.