Cooking is something I very much enjoy and I try very hard to be a health-conscious cook! I'm always looking for healthier alternatives to make delicious recipes a treat for your taste-buds and overall physical well-being. I'm a believer in cooking for people that will truly appreciate it, especially when you're first starting off. That way you feel free to experiment and are happy to try new things! Google is a huge tool I use to answer all my culinary questions like, "How long do I broil a steak to make it medium rare?" I also love reading reviews on recipes to see what people have done differently to make it healthier or tastier. I have years before I plan to be a mommy so until then I'm honing my cooking skills so my children will be firm believers that you seldom need to compromise on taste for health! My goal is to eat mostly pescetarian but that isn't an absolute for me. I love to travel and I want to experience a culture's culinary tradition with little denials.
My favorite things to cook
I love using herbs and spices, especially in sauces, pastas, or seasonings. I like using a very basic recipe and toying with it using the flavors I know I love. I'm a huge fan of rosemary, thyme, onion, and garlic. I love fish for a quick and easy dinner. Salmon is a major go-to when on a time crunch. Turkey has been a good alternative for me in many recipes, ground white turkey meat for tacos and pastas, or turkey bacon for breakfast. I also love to make smoothies! You can pack so much nutrition in a delicious, quick snack. My favorite thing to cook if I had plenty of time would be something like a stew in a pot so I can add and experiment with flavors and vegetables while being able to take in the lovely smell.
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom is Filipino so what she cooks doesn't really jive with my psuedo-pescetarian, health-loving style. All this means is at home I don't cook the same things she does! I do love to eat what I grew up eating that my mom makes so well. I can never say no to chicken adobo or lumpia! Mmm!
My cooking triumphs
I have to admit I do make healthy alternative dishes well. It's my main focus so I've been experimenting a lot with healthier substitutes. I also had a neighbor tell me she knows I'm a good cook because she can smell all my spices through my door! :)
My cooking tragedies
I'm not that great at baking. Since I'm used to cooking stove-top I'm used to being able to taste what I'm cooking as I go forward. With baking I feel like you make your dough, bake it, and HOPE it tastes good. If not... its baked and well, donezo. At least that's how it's worked for me! I don't bake often so I have to follow every recipe as it's written because I don't know any shortcuts and I'm afraid to experiment! Baking to me is so intimidating, I feel like I have a potential to have flat cupcakes if I omit one ingredient.