My family didn’t have a lot of money when I was growing up. What we did have were huge vegetable gardens that I was put to work in every summer. On very special occasions my father would take me to a fish store to buy jumbo prawns or to the butcher for the perfect cut of steak. I never forgot how good tomatoes tasted right out of the garden or how I felt biting into that steak after months of meals like wieners and beans and Kraft dinner (:
I went to culinary school because that passion for good food has always stayed with me. I couldn’t afford to eat what I wanted to so I figured if I worked in kitchens I would finally be able to eat ‘like a chef!’ Up until a few years ago, when I got pregnant with my first child, I’d been working in all kinds of kitchens as a professional cook/chef on and off for over 15 years.
Now that I’m at home with the kids, I still want to enjoy amazing food and avoid boredom and monotony. But I don’t have the luxury of eating out all the time (quite the opposite) or easy access to as many ingredients to cook with at home in the ‘burbs. I also need to find ways to add nutrition to food to ensure I have a balanced diet that keeps my family healthy.
In addition to writing about food, I also want to write about leading a healthy and balanced lifestyle through proper nutrition and exercise. I am not an ‘all or nothing’ kind of person. I believe that life is too short to not treat yourself and indulge in all life has to offer. But do it in moderation. Finding a balance that’s right for you is the key to being content with who you are and how you’re living your life.
Which brings me to this blog.
The goal of this site is to offer tasty recipe ideas, as well as advise on how to save time and money on food. This is also a lifestyle blog. I will be discussing gardening, exercise, nutrition, mental health and many more topics! I welcome any and all feedback, input and advise.