Updated: Apr 4, 2021
Hello everyone! I am so happy to announce this new project of mine. At first it was supposed to be a book but it took me way too much time and ended up to be too pricy once published. I wanted to have something that everyone can access and free.
If you don't know, other than writing, my day job is cooking, and I have so many recipes up my sleeves, recipes I tried on my own at home and recipes I tried at work and know that they work based on the feedback I got. "HomeCook" will be the first project that will be in English but also in French. (There will be tags for each posts all of the English posts will be tagged under "English" and French posts will be tagged under "French.")
Since I was a little girl, I wanted to be a cook. Then a friend of my parents that was a chef told me that it was not a world for women, that it was tough, and I would not be able to do it. I’d like to say I didn’t let him change my mind, that I kept on going, but sadly that is not the story. I heard his words and they kept ringing. So, I changed course…I did a literature degree and went on with that. Until last minute — in the middle of the school year I decided to follow this dream. So, I dropped out of school and started homeschooling. Found an internship in a kitchen, and when I finished, they said they wanted to keep me. To this day, I am still working in a kitchen and writing. Doing the two things that I love the most and spent my teenage hood studying for.
But it’s those recent years that I really felt confident in both areas. I discovered myself in a whole new way in a kitchen. I finally realized my potential and how strong I was even under pressure. I was able to find a solution on the go when something didn’t go as planned — and let me tell you; nothing always goes as planned in a kitchen and in life. There is always something coming up, and you’ve got to get back on your feet and find a solution because at 12h people are going to come and expect the best dishes they ever tasted, no matter what happened back there, it’s not their problem. It’s not what they’re here for neither what they paid for.
I found myself as a writer. I found things that I needed to work on, things that I was strong at. When I look at my journey, I can see my development through my work and personal life. The happier and healthier I got, the better work I put out there.
Those two paths represent me. They are who I am. Some people ask me why I don’t choose writing and quit cooking or the other way around. The thing is — I could not do one without the other. I can’t let go of one to do the other. It’s both of them.
So, you’ve read my poems, my stories. Here is another part of me. A place where I combine the two things I love.
Writing and cooking.
I have always been a curious person, so on this blog, you will find so many different types of cuisines, types of "diets", and types of food. I try everything that I can. And please, keep in mind that there are some things you’ll find where you live and I won’t, some things I find where I live, and you won’t. And for that, if that is the case, there will be an alternative to the recipe. It will be an open and inclusive blog. You’ll be able to do those recipes at home with what you have, because trust me — most of the time, those recipes come with what I had in the fridge and the pantry and nothing more.