Rather than buying complicated or exotic ingredients for that special recipe, which so often end up unused in the back of the fridge, Tamar suggests that you start with what you have – which might be wilted celery or Saturday’s bread.
Begin with what you have and find out what delicious combinations you can cook up.
Maybe it’s the same with writing.
That beautiful new notebook that is just too gorgeous to ever sully with your humble scribblings; that how-to book about writing that sits on your shelf and that you feel somehow you can never live up to; that course you absolutely need to take before you can write another word. Perhaps these are the literary equivalent of the Jerusalem artichokes and barrel-aged balsamic without which the recipe from your glossy new cook book will be a total failure.
What if we start with where we are and what we already have?
What if we have a good old rummage in the back of the cupboard, use up the stuff sitting in those jars and tins, improvise, replace what we think we ought to have with something we have to hand?