One day my husband turned to me while we were in the kitchen and said, “You should write a cookbook! But not just any cookbook. A cookbook designed for the way that YOU cook!”
You’re probably wondering what that means – how is my cooking and are my recipes any different?! Well, you see, I use recipes as inspiration not as directions. It might sound crazy but temperatures and measurements aren’t really a thing in my “book”. The closest thing I can compare it to is the kiwi mentality and phrase, “She’ll be right!” (Which you can learn more about here). In the case of cooking, if you add a little bit too much of this or a little bit less of that, it doesn’t really matter because it’s probably still going to taste good.
I have a massive passion for cooking and have ever since I was little. I remember standing on a small Spanish table just so I could reach the counters as I was helping my dad chop tomatoes with a dull knife. My dad is the chef of the family and when I say chef, I really mean it (although he would humbly say he “just cooks”). From the most amazing chili to homemade pasta sauce and marinated meat, he knows how to do it all. Growing up I even thought I wanted to be a chef (professionally not just for friends and family) but I’ve since decided that I would love to keep it as a passion and not as a profession.
Over the last couple of years I have shared pictures of my food on Instagram and on my Facebook page and people started to ask for recipes. Although I’m not much of a recipe girl, I’ve decided to start a cooking section of my blog. Some day, it might even become a real cookbook! It will be different than any of the other cooking blogs or recipes you’ve seen before because I won’t be using traditional methods of measurement. Sometimes you might not even see any measurements. Cooking to me is more than just about what’s on the page. It’s about learning what flavors and combinations go together. It’s a unique experience with food and ingredients. There’s no one perfect way to make anything. Someone who tries your food might say it’s just right while others may say it’s too salty, too sweet or too spicy. You may be allergic to something or just not like it at all. Use my recipes as an inspiration and a guideline not as directions. Here are some dishes you can look forward to seeing posted on my blog soon!
I hope you have fun reading my recipes and making them for yourself. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! If you try any of my recipes please tag me in any pictures you post and feel free to message me about how you liked it (and don’t forget to send me pictures)! You can check out all my blog posts with recipes here.
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