I became a vegetarian over a year ago for health reasons and I am against the "American Diet," which is overloaded with fats, sweets and preservatives.
Currently, I'm what my dad refers to as a "fegan," which to him means "fake vegan" and to me means, "I don't eat anything that eats something I can eat".... meaning I don't eat dairy or livestock products, but I do eat fish. I would eat a snake if someone shot it out in the wild and cooked it.
It's not the animals I care about--it's the people. All of the livestock in the US eat the equivalent of 2 billion people. That means if we were to cultivate that land instead of raising livestock, we could feed 2 billion starving people.
I just want a more sustainable world and a better life for all.
My favorite things to cook
My signature dish is Mae Chop Suey, which is making something out of nothing, using any ingredients I find in my kitchen. I am a poor college student and I try not to spend money on food, so I go to Farmers' Markets and steal my roommates food. I have yet to disappoint a palate...
My cooking triumphs
I love how you can take the same ingredients and make 100's of different meals. I love how you can make the same meal and it tastes different each time.
To me, food nourishes your mind, body and soul.
My cooking tragedies
The year before I became vegetarian, I made Thanksgiving dinner at my mother's house in Mystic, Connecticut. Her kitchen was so small we had to use folding tables on the porch as extra counter space. Well, as my fellow cook and I were trying to get the turkey situated, it slipped from the pan and from the table and landed on the stairs to the porch! It toppled like a slinky down the first few steps and then came to a rest. Quickly, we scooped it up, put it back in the pan and acted like nothing happened and no one ever knew any different...