Happy Saturday! I am up bright and early. The sun is rising. The air smells of spring. And I'm saying a prayer for NO MORE SNOW! Who's with me?

I hadn't planned to post today, but somehow, I found myself at my computer with the urge to write! When this happens, which is rarely, I don't resist it. I just sit and let the words fall where they may. So please bear with me. 🙂

Hello Kitty drawing from my six month blogging update from The Mediterranean Dish


Many have joined The Mediterranean Dish just in the past few weeks; I welcome you each to my little corner of the internet! And if you've been following my crazy cooking journey for a while, you have no idea how much it means to me that you are here! Thank you!

Back in December, I shared with you how my husband kick-started this blog for me to help me out of the funk produced by my new stay-at-home life. The Mediterranean Dish has just crossed the six-month mark! An unexpected project, this blog has become my lifeline. And I have not looked back since...I haven't had time to!

Like a message in a bottle meant only for me, I read this line from a recent post by Zippy Sandler, "It doesn’t matter whether you’re 20 or 80, you can still live the best life you’ve ever imagined." I realized immediately that I had not daydreamed or imagined my "best life." Not at all! Like many, my life sort of happened--a journey with a few unexpected transitions. From Egypt to the U.S. From young and single, to married only one month after graduating college (something I swore I would never do). And my hardest transition of all, from a vibrant social calendar and a fast-paced career, to the sudden halt of the stay-at-home life. It just happened.

I think back on each of these transitions, and I can't help but affirm that in each stage, I did live my "best life." Let me tell you what I mean here. It is not that a "best life" is one without challenges; on the contrary, the challenges I have faced, though they basically stunk at the time, have colored my life in shades unexpected. Vibrant and beautiful. Not at all perfect. Messy, like the Hello Kitty picture little Hannah (4) colored for me.

As Hannah was coloring this picture, I found myself oddly curious asking "what color should you choose for the birdy, Hannah?" She firmly responded, "purple." I asked, "have you seen a purple bird before?" She responded, "No. But I don't care." The "best" bird was a purple one. Unexpected. Out there.

This blog is kinda like my "purple bird." An "out there" project. Something I had never imagined I would do. But something that has been my "best life" for the past six months...And, I hope, for a long while yet. I am overwhelmed by the journey and the success of this young blog. Thousands of you visit me daily; I owe you a debt of gratitude for taking the time to be here. Thank you again.

Saveur 2015 Food Blogging AwardsSaveur Magazine is currently taking nominations for 2015 food blog awards. I would love it if you take just a moment and nominate The Mediterranean Dish for the best new voice category. Here is the link! Thank you.

There really is not a good transition here, but before I leave you for the weekend be sure to check out these amazing 40 seafood recipes! There is something for every seafoodie on this list. And btw, The Mediterranean Dish is on there with our viral grilled shrimp with roasted garlic cilantro sauce.

Have the best weekend! See you soon.


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I'm Suzy; born and bred right on the shores of the Mediterranean. I'm all about easy, healthy recipes with big Mediterranean flavors. Three values guide my cooking: eat with the seasons; use whole foods; and above all, share! So happy you're here...
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  1. I just found the blog and am enjoying it! Thanks for sharing this story, it is encouraging as I've been trying to focus on a 'purple bird' project myself 🙂

  2. I knew instantly when I found your blog months ago that you were going to be a hero blogger. I wasn't wrong. I'm thrilled that not only is the blog successful but also that you love it so much.

    1. O Maureen, your words mean more to me than you'll know. Thank you so much! I am blessed to have your support on this journey.

  3. What a wonderful and inspiring post.
    I love your blog, it is beautiful.
    I have written this comment so many times as what I want say will not translate from my head to the keyboard.
    Well done for your effort, as a fellow blogger I am in awe of how amazing your blog is given the short time you have been blogging. Wonderful x

    1. Claire, thank you! Appreciate your sweet comment. It's been a blessing to run this blog that has allowed me to meet some wonderful people like you. Thanks for staying in touch!

  4. It's great to see a fellow blogger going after their best life and your daughter is so right- Purple Birds are the BEST! Looking forward to reading your recipes

    1. Hi Rachel! Glad you stopped in today. Blogging and my four-year-old teach me something new every day! Appreciate your kind comment.

  5. keep going with your 'purple bird' I have enjoyed your recipes and your writings. I feel still connected to your family and hope you are all well.

  6. I am so thrilled with your success with your blog and with your finding your voice here on the internet. Your husband was so right to push you in this direction and I know that fabulous things are ahead for you. I love the purple bird idea and that we all can live our best life ---whatever that looks like . Great post and I am so glad you were up early to write it. Cheers to you and may the day continue to be sunny and warm on you!

    1. O Beth Ann, you are a dear! Thank you for your words of encouragement. They mean so much more to me than I can express. I am so glad we met, my life is that much richer with you in it, friend. May today be sunny and warm on you as well!