If someone told me this is how my life would have effortlessly unfolded, I would of told them to F off. You see, I have always been the type of woman who actually thought I had some sort of control over things. That if I just stuck with my plan, everything would become what I thought I wanted it to be. For years, I was way too rigid in my ways. In my life, my relationships, my food and in my kitchen.
In my food life, I was one of those obsessive militant vegetarian then vegan then raw foodist then macrobiotic and gluten free. Though I benefited a tremendous amount from all those extreme diets throughout the years, I finally embraced the fact that I enjoyed food far too much to live my life in constant restriction. Not to mention, I felt a heck of a lot better and balanced when I added some animal protein in the mix.
I am also a graduate of the chef’s training program at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School in NYC, which is founded on the principle that what we eat significantly affects our physical and mental well-being. My cooking is influenced by this philosophy as well as inspired by what I may seasonally find at my local grocer or farmers market. In the baking department, something I do a lot of, I primarily use spelt and almond flours instead of wheat; goat and sheep dairy instead of cow (butter and heavy cream the exception); and as far as the unrefined sweeteners are concerned, I prefer to have my baked goods comfort and sustain me without the unnecessary sugar crash most others can bring.
As far as my life went, let’s just say the cacophony exploded and I was finally finally able to see and break free from my unwavering dramatic patterns that seemed to overpower every bite of it. And when I did. When I truly let go and stopped taking everything so freaking seriously, the course of my life completely shifted. At the time of the shift, I was an actress living in NYC, newly separated and bursting to find my own rhythm again. I decided to embark on a journey, traveling alone throughout Italy and take a cooking course at a quaint little school along the Adriatic Sea. All I wanted to do was eat, drink, cook, explore and write about my adventures.
Before I left, I received an e-mail from the creator of a lifestyle website I had posted recipes on awhile back. He inquired about receiving more recipes and I responded with wanting to blog my way through my travels on his site. (read my Italian journey here) Never would I have thought that this man, who I met and pretty much instantly fell in love with on a video chat while in Rome, was to become my husband and father of my children.
And so, here we are, only a handful of years later, with a delicious crazy pants 2 year old boy, months away from birthing our second child – a girl, and embarking on living our new country life in the hills of Sonoma County. This blog is a place for me to share all that I am passionate about, all that I love, create and cook. All that is me – salty, spicy, bitter and sweet. May my inspirations inspire yours.