See I was born in Brazil to a Brazilian mother and an American father, both of whom were descended from a whole mishmash of backgrounds themselves. My ancestry includes Scottish, French, Portuguese, and Spanish, as the most prevalent. I also grew up in a very multi-national environment. While in college here in the US I met the love of my life, Steve, who is an American of German and Polish descent. What has all this meant to me? It means that I have always loved cultural diversity, especially in foods.
My life has been a real adventure, with my father’s career taking us back and forth between Brazil and the US, marriage at the tender age of 20 while still in college (I somehow managed to graduate), Steve’s career taking us from the Midwest to various locations in the Southwest, raising two wonderful boys, all while juggling an upwardly mobile corporate finance career. Whew…it’s exhausting just thinking about it! But as it was happening it was just my wonderful life. We raised our children and juggled our careers. Two constants in that life were:
- making room for as much family time as possible, and
- a home cooked meal almost every night.
And then there came another career move for Steve, bringing us back to the Phoenix area where our boys had both been born. I eagerly started another new job with a great company only to experience for the first time in my professional life that I just didn’t seem to feel the “fit.” So I left that job. Unfortunately, the next two job moves produced the same result and left me starting to question what it was that I really wanted. I didn’t have a clue so I took some time off to figure it out.
Remember that constant of a home cooked meal almost every night? Well, like many things in life after several years of practice you tend to push yourself to go farther. And that inspires you to try more and more. And before I knew it, the mutt in me was shining through. I was cooking all types of food from many ethnic backgrounds with increasingly successful results as well as the enthusiastic appreciation of family and friends. There were requests for recipes, and friends on social media suggesting a more dedicated forum for the subject. Hmmm…I think I figured out what I want to do!
This blog is about a commitment to living happily, preparing food from as many non-processed ingredients as possible, in as many varieties and from as many ethnic backgrounds as I can execute, and then enjoying the results (both as the original dish and sometimes the re-purposed one after that). I invite you to poke around, comment and share your thoughts, and to come back again soon!