The smell of freshly baked, under done chocolate chip cookies being pulled out of the hot oven only begs for little fingers to be scrapping up one or two while one is not looking. Knowing that if you mix together the simplest ingredients of eggs and flour with a little olive oil, you can produce some of the best tasting pasta you have ever had is rather satisfying. Seeing the transformation of the most basic indgriedents turn into a loaf of good, quality bread is mind boggiling. How can one get so much enjoyment from something so simple as food? I ask myself this question mostly everyday and am amazed at just how passionate I am about such a thing.
If I am not researching the newest NY Times Best Selling cookbook author online I am sitting in the cookbook section at Barnes and Noble. It is not uncommon for me to sit and read a cookbook in a matter of a few hours, front to back, every word, gazing over every picture, imagining how I can put my own twist on the recipe. Or you may just find me reading practically every post from the newest food related blog I have discovered, (www.naturallyella.com). Aimlessly going through one of the many shelfs of stacked cookbooks, looking for the perfect quiche recipe only to realize that, “Oh, it’s right in front of me” is always an option too. Sometimes I think the amount of caffine I drink may or may not cause certain instances like the one above to take place. Note: Coffee is a cook’s best friend. I feel as if you should get the point by now, I litearlly, Live. Eat. Breath & Plan. my life around food.
I know that this is what I was meant to do. I can not think of spending this wonderful life any other way. People ask me all the time what is my favorite thing to cook? You would think this would be the easiest question but in all honesty it is simply the most frustrating and hardest question to answer! I get so much joy from trying something new and figuring out the how’s and why’s as to why a certain thing didn’t turn out like it was supposed to or in most cases how I can improve such recipe. I love experimenting and turning something old into something new and exciting. My usual answer is, “Um, I don’t know.” My grammer is so proper, I know. But for real.
If you want to ask me or any cook or person passionate about food a good question, ask them “What do you enjoy the most about what you do?” To this question, my answer is always the same. Always has been and always will be. I do it for the people. Nothing brings more happiness into my life than seeing someone smile over something that I have made for them. Nothing makes me more proud than hearing my grandpa say that the bread I have made is better than his mother’s bread. Nothing makes me feel better than someone asking me for advice on what to substitute sugar for in a certain dish or how to make tonight’s dinner a bit healthier. Nothing and I mean nothing beats knowing that you can make someone happy with something so simple and straight from your heart. A recipe is really just a blank slate and more of a guide. You, yes you, are the one who brings life to a dish. Being able to share it with others is an experience one should appreciate. Everyone loves food, we can all relate to it in one way or another. Food is a common ground. Food is a topic all can talk about no matter what time of day it is, what season we are in, what year it may be or what country one is from or in. Everyone understands food.
I may become the next Top Chef out there, I may not. That is fine with me. All I hope for is to affect people’s life in a postive way through my passion for food.
I know, I know this is not the normal blog entry BUT my brain is so full of ideas and thoughts and dreams right now that I could not just keep it all in.