Tuesday, July 22, 2008

What am I getting myself into?!

I've been thinking about doing a blog for a little while now, (inspiration coming from my dad after I think he was getting sick of me calling him at all hours every time I came up with a new recipe I created from my teeny tiny kitchen.) and I guess I finally decided to do that at midnight, when my creative ability is at its best (I'm a college student...Do you expect anything less?) I'm no where near a newbie to the kitchen, however, I am new to my OWN kitchen.

My life has been filled with food ever since I came into this world. Every celebration, no matter how small was rewarded with food. That may have been a downfall at times, but we'll get to that a little later. My family is full of fantastic cooks, my dad can make gourmet meals at the snap of a finger, and don't worry, there will be leftovers. ( My mom and I always joke that my dad should be the chef for the Seahawks football team, since the amount of food he makes could feed the whole team AND their families.) My mom is the best baker I know, supplying me and my roommates with plenty of care-packages full of yummy baked goods through out the years, and making those holidays even more delicious. Then of course there is my sister, who as crazy as I like to think of her, creates amazing vegetarian dishes, that would make anyone turn vegan. She's also the one that peaked my interest in local fresh ingredients and organic cooking.( Don't tell her I said that, wouldn't want to give her even more bragging rights as an older sister) Then there's me..

I'm a young 20 year old college student originally from the Seattle area now Central Washington resident, who is enjoying every second of life! (Aaaahhh..how cliche, not to mention unbelievable! ) In truth I'm surviving, trying to enjoy the little surprises that life holds, and not get too bruised when life decides to knock me on my keester, (happens more times than not.) Recently this past year I declared my major in nutrition, more specifically dietetics. I thought by declaring my major, it would relieve most of my stress, which in part it did, but at the same time opened a new flood gate of "I have two years to complete a 100 credit major, filled with chemistry and biology classes I thought I said sianara to in high-school" (if you cannot tell science was not my favorite subject!) But then I realized to do what I wanted in life, I had to suck it up and power through it, (with the occasional scream and panicked phone calls to my mom before a big exam, allowed.)

I happened upon nutrition out of necessity, really. About the time of me entering middle school, the whole nation was on the new diet craze on different ways of loosing weight, from low cal to low carb, to no fat, to the very strange grapefruit diet. Well my parents were in full swing of embarrassing the new ways of eating, my dad doing the low carb Adkins diet, and my mom choosing the low fat diet. Then there was me in the middle of the whole thing, eating what was being offered to me, (a ten year old making the choice between steamed fish and veggies or a big burger..it's not rocket science what was selected!) Well those choices made got me on a one way track to the now leading health problem among adolescents. I struggled with my weight up through middle school, and into high school, and there was no diet, cleanse or pill I hadn't tried. It wasn't until my freshman year in college, where I knew I had to change no matter how drastic I took it. (This is not the best mind set someone should be in, but I'm the person that it's all or nothing, and my perfection-ish quality took hold.) I started reading books, and learning from the ground up, literally. I'd always been passionate about cooking, but now I was learning how to prepare items that added little calories, were as little processed as possible and didn't skimp on the flavor. This new revelation for me was hard to follow, as I was still in my spring semester at school, and a slave to the "tasty-no wonder they call it freshman fifteen-food". I started by recording the food I was eating and choosing healthier options, but the results didn't happen until I went home for the summer. Being surrounded by local farmers markets year round with inexpensive fresh wholesome foods, was a gift, and a realisation that I could loose weight cooking wholesome organic foods that tasted fantastic. A year later, I've lost almost 60lbs. and have adopted this new way of living. It was hard at school to do because of the limited space I had and sans kitchen, so most of my cooking was done at friends houses when I would cook for dinner parties or when I would come home and be my parent's personal chef (...like they complained!)

View of Seattle from Kirkland, my home town

Now I start a whole new journey in my life. I have my own loft apartment, with the tiniest kitchen imaginable. However, the food I make is no where near little in any ways. Most the food is easy and simple to make, since I still go to classes during the summer days and am looking for a job to support my culinary adventures the other times. I'm still a amateur chef in the making, with great ideas, but still learning the technical aspects, so mistakes and "woops, shouldn't have done that"s are allowed and will happen (trust me!)

My teeny tiny kitchen apartment with clean dishes every where, a usual nightly event without a dish washer)

Hopefully this blog will give me a place to dump all those recipes and experiments I've eaten, altered, and created that have been written down on scratch pieces of paper and scattered all over my kitchen. As well as a place to express the process of a girl living on her own, new chapter, scared as hell, and hanging on by a whisk and oven mitt. (Not like you haven't heard the plot line before, I just add my twists to it!) Enjoy!

My new herb garden, filled with every day herbs (chives, basil, oregano and spearmint)

1 comment:

Kristen said...

I love your herb garden! Gorgeous!
How's it doing now? Still doing well?