I thought it was about time I properly introduce myself. I'm new to the world of blogging, as you may have noticed, but I'm not new to the world of food (or maybe I should say cooking, as I'm pretty sure we've all been eating our whole lives, right? I'd say that makes us all experts). I love the sights, smells, traditions and overall joyfulness that surrounds the rituals of cooking and eating. There is something so intoxicating about the whole process.
So let's see - what can I tell you about myself? Let's do this in bullet-point form, shall we?
- I like ketchup on my eggs - and spaghetti.
- I might become a doctor someday. Or a nurse. Or a world-traveling chef (where do I send my application for that job?).
- I grew up with a Swedish mother (amazing Swedish Pancakes!)
- I spend a lot of time staring at the oven door when I'm baking.
- One of my favorite sandwiches is cream cheese and ham.
- One of my other favorite sandwiches is peanut butter and bananas.
- I've eaten pig intestines in Korea.
- I later became a vegetarian. It lasted 1 1/2 years.
- Dirk and I race (recreational) on a tandem bicycle.
- My newest food obsession is non-homogenized milk in glass bottles. There's something so satisfying about that cold milk being poured from a glass bottle.
- I think that stressing about what you've eaten is far worse for your health than any fat or calorie-laden food you may have consumed.
- I'm not afraid of cooking with butter. Or brussel sprouts.
- Brussel sprouts have always been my favorite vegetable. My mom and I always fight over the cold leftover steamed brussel sprouts. Dirk doesn't fight me over them.
- My favorite spice is cumin. Or black mustard seeds. Or...
- I'm terrible at making decisions.
- I (or occasionally Dirk) take all of the photos on this blog.
- Dirk knows a bazillion times more about cameras than I do.
- I'm learning. Slowly.
- My favorite photography subject is food (I suppose that's obvious).
- I have far more cookbooks than anyone in their right mind should.
- I like to read cookbooks before I go to sleep.
- I sometimes even read cookbooks in the bathroom. Don't tell anyone.
So, now that I've shared some random intimate details about myself, tell me something about yourself. Need some inspiration? ....What's your favorite spice? What's the most bizarre food you've eaten (or eat regularly)? What country/state do you live in?
p.s. A reader asked how I became such a fan of Indian spices and cooking: My first experience with Indian cooking came from my aunt and uncle while I was growing up. They had traveled to India many times and always cooked the most delicious exotic smelling meals. It was love at first...smell? My experience with Indian cooking grew when my sister lived with a girl from India and a girl from Pakistan during college - they shared with me many family recipes and hints. Ever since then I've always kept a wide range of Indian spices in my kitchen. I'm a spice shopaholic.
p.p.s. For those of you living nowhere near Indian grocery stores, fear not - in the end most of my recipes will not, in fact, feature really random obscure ingredients. Or at least hopefully not. I promise I'll try.