I am currently attending the University of West Florida, with a dual major in Exercise Science and Health Education/Community Health. I started cooking in the summer of 2005 to better meet my cravings of healthier food, and now feed the hungry mouths of all my college buddies, my roommate, and my boyfriend, secretly adding a healthier palate of nutritional food to their lifestyle. My boyfriend, who detests the word healthy, has yet to complain about my whole wheat bisquits, my lower fat lasagna (his favorite), and my sugar-free chocolate muffins. I guess eating healthy food doesn't have to be painful!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook any type of dessert with chocolate (sugar free, of course!) or almond flour (adds a delicious nutty flavor). Many of my recipes contain ingredients I get from the health food store, including ground flax seed, stevia leaf, organic produce, soy milk, and soy flour. I always try to disguise my recipes into tasting as delicious as the full fat, full sugar, and white floured recipes in most traditional households, and surprisingly, I have grown to enjoy the healthier versions better than the others.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Now even though I am a health food enthusiast, I still do not break away from my family traditions. During the holidays, I allow myself to indulge tremendously on my grandmother's German Coffee Cake, my mom's buttery mashed potatoes, and the plethora of Christmas cookies made starting in late November. I do not let myself feel like I am letting myself slip out of my healthy habits, because I know that 11 months out of the year, I am keeping myself on track. Ever since I started eating healthier throughout the year, the holiday season has seemed so much sweeter, and I now tend to enjoy and savor it more than I had before.
My cooking triumphs
I have grown so much since I have begun to cook, that I have started to put together my own recipe book, containing both my favorite traditional recipes and recipes that I have changed into my favorite recipes. The greatest feeling I get from cooking is the much anticipated "silence" once someone takes their first bite of my food. Speechlessness is the best measure of success!
My cooking tragedies
I have had so many tragedies, I can't even begin to list them all. As horrific, embarrassing, and disappointing as failed recipes can be, however, they also teach you what not to do in the future, and make you appreciate your masterpieces even more. After all, how would you be able to know what a perfect recipe tastes like if you didn't have all the rough drafts before it to compare it to?