For me, food isn’t just about putting something in my stomach to get full. It’s about eating for the pure pleasure of it. It’s also about giving my body and mind the energy and nutrition it needs to be happy and healthy. Food is how I show love. It’s how I express myself. It’s my creative outlet. It’s my meditation. It’s what I am passionate about. It’s my world. Every meal is a special experience to me. Everything is better with food. And there is no bigger joy and satisfaction in my life than watching people I care about enjoy food that I have lovingly made for them.
I generally don’t follow recipes, which is ironic considering I offer so many of them on this blog. I don’t mind following a recipe when trying out a new technique or using a new ingredient (especially when baking!), but I generally find that almost everything I make turns out better when I add my own ‘flare’ to it. “Put some love into it”. A little extra of this or a little less of that…
All of the recipes I offer, especially the measurements, are meant to be GUIDELINES only. I want people to have FUN when they’re cooking. I want it to be a deeply personal, sensual, experience.
Some people like more garlic or less heat, for example. If your favourite vegetable is a bell pepper and you think the recipe would be great with that added, feel free to do so! Please use your own judgement when following the recipes. Do what feels right to you! And if you don’t have a certain ingredient, feel free to use the closest substitution! (If I don’t have a shallot on hand, I’ll just use red or white onion…).
The important thing is that you have fun with your food!!