As I sit here and enjoy my morning cup of coffee and a freshly baked cheddar biscuit, I am inspired to share with you my cooking journey. What better time of year, when food is the focus of many holiday events, get-togethers and gatherings. Food brings people together and many of us have a unique story to tell. When I was a kid, I was not interested in food, let alone cooking. For quite some time, I was an extremely picky eater (and to this day I still am a bit). Most foods just didn’t look appealing.
I would help in the kitchen when asked, but I did not take the initiative. I also wasn’t keen on helping with baking (like most kids do), but I would gladly help ice/decorate cakes and cookies (and lick the bowl).
You might wonder, “Were my parents not good cooks?” or “Did I have some bad experiences with food?” Both scenarios are far from the truth. My parents and other family members are actually very good cooks and skilled in the kitchen. Home-cooked meals were the norm and going out to a restaurant was a rarity. Over the years, I moved around with my family to a couple of international destinations. I was exposed to local cuisines, the most unique being the dishes in the Bahamas. My parents never forced me to eat everything on my plate, but encouraged me to try new items, which I did. It was okay if I didn’t like what was presented. My curiosity and interest in food and cooking really didn’t begin until I was a young adult and moved away from my parents and out on my own. When I started working in agriculture (shortly after living on my own), I wanted to know more about my food - where it comes from, how the animals are raised, how the food gets from the farm to the grocery store and ultimately onto my table. For the past 15 years, I have surrounded myself with those that are interested in food, whether it be farmers, food bloggers, home economists and chefs. I have gained a wealth of knowledge from these groups of people.
As mentioned earlier, to this day, I am still a bit of a finicky eater, but I do enjoy experimenting and trying new foods. There are certain ingredients I may never like and my aversion to tomatoes will likely never change, no matter how hard I try. I have an open mind and will continue to try new things in the hopes of expanding my palette.
A few of my favourite dishes to make are as follows:
§ Shepherds Pie (no recipe)
What is your cooking journey? Have you always enjoyed cooking and/or baking? What made you change your mind? What was the turning point? I would love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment below.
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