Welcome to the Art and Architecture of Puree!
As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. While I have experience with pureed foods, the recipes I used in the past were pretty straightforward: prepare, puree, pour. But when my long-time friend Margaret, a pastry chef, was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of her tongue, we were advised the pain of swallowing (odynophagia) and other swallowing difficulties (dysphagia) would require her to be on a puree and liquid diet. I knew then, I wanted to cook for Margaret and I wanted her food to be special. I envisioned her meals as something more than just prepare, puree, pour. I thought if I could create pureed comfort foods that were artful, 3-dimensional and nourishing, she may be more inclined to eat in spite of the painful challenges facing her.
I’m excited to say that I used this website as a springboard for writing my book, COOKING FOR HER EYES, Transcription of a Sonata, A Story of Music, Food, Love, and Death. I also created a new website, COOKING FOR HER EYES that tells stories behind the story–hope you’ll visit!
You are an amazing friend, wife, mother, grandmother and daughter. The attributes you ascribe to your Mom have been passed down to you, and I know she was very proud of the person you are. I am sure that it was a comfort to your Mom that you were there at the time she needed you most.
I wish your friend Margaret great health and a wonderful full life and look forward to reading your website!
Carol, thank you for your kind thoughts and well wishes for Margaret.