“It’s In The Blood”
2020 was lining-up to be my best year ever in the catering business.
2020 was lining-up to be my best year ever in the catering business. All of my regular clients were calling and scheduling events, new clients were calling and scheduling events and then Covid-19 hit and the cancellations came rolling in. The weeks drifted into months. No one knew when the pandemic was going to be over. Life was on pause and I, like all of my friends and colleagues, was traumatized, terrified and afraid to leave home.
For the first time in my life after 40+yrs I didn’t have a job and I couldn’t reinvent myself. Then world around me didn’t make any sense. The busiest city in the WORLD. New York City, my dear home was hit dreadfully hard, and unrecognizable. Times Square was ghost town, the streets all over the city were empty. It’s still hard to wrap my brain around what happed to us all this past year.
There was no where to go, I had no job and I couldn’t see my friends and family. My world was upside down. I didn’t know when I would see a paycheck again, I turned to cooking and it saved me.
I remember sitting on my couch listening to the Sunday morning early riser sermon by Pastor Liz at The Temple of Restoration. After the sermon I prayed. I asked God to give me a supernatural idea because I didn’t know what to do and I needed some way to weather this pandemic. I drifted off to sleep woke up with an overwhelming urge to make sausages! Which was odd, because I’d never made sausages before in my life. The idea seemed crazy until I realized the Holy Spirit must have ministered to my heart while I was sleeping. Now I needed to learn how to make sausages. I was totally and utterly obsessed 24/7 for weeks learning techniques, talking with butchers and sausages makers, purchasing the equipment I needed. And then I started cooking and figuring out how to make my jerk seasoning sauce and my curry seasoning sauce into sausages. It was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. It was also really hard work and overwhelming and I came close to giving up more than a few times. I made heaps of mistakes, but I learned from each of them. And after months without work I finally had a purpose, and that purpose and the positive feedback from trusted tasters kept me going.
I Thank God for surrounding me with a handful of hardcore supporters. My friend Amy would say, “if anyone can do this it’s you”. Another friend, Lawrence favorite line to me was “it’s in your blood girl, trust your instincts and you can’t go wrong.” I stumbled into sausage making with a push from a higher power and I LOVE WHAT I’M DOING, I don’t know why I didn’t think of this years ago. I’m still learning and growing have ways to go. But I have created a product that I love, it is healthy and delicious and something I am so proud of.