Once upon a time I had dreamt that I could actually see the day when everyone cherishes food--appreciating it for more than its mere consumption and enjoying it for more than the nourishing benefits it has to offer. All things I consider good of course, as I am one to strongly advocate the wonders of healthy living. I'm also a strong believer of the experience that food lends us. It lends us heart warming stories of suffering and delight whenever we sit at the table with strangers, loved ones, and yes, even those who make us feel just a bit more uncomfortable than we'd volunteer for. I've also dreamt that food would be the transcending experience into other cultures because after all, we are what we eat, and the people we surround ourselves with? The very people we become. Good or bad as we individually deem it to be, it's true. And as such, I'm delighted you were brought here, whether voluntarily or reluctantly, to partake in my storiesof kitchen successes and failures. I hope you find grace and inspiration here at From Scratch, Mostly.
From Scratch, Mostly
As a third culture kid growing up in Buenos Aires, Argentina my eyes were effortlessly opened to the wonderful gems the culinary world has to offer. I remember witnessing for the first time the bond food had created between me and my Argentinean neighbors who, I must point out, did more talking with their hands than with their mouths. And beautifully so. Think back uponMy Big Fat Greek Wedding, or something along those lines. Having seen myself as their 'adopted' culturally transcendent child, we laughed, we ate asado until our bellies could handle no more, we drank to our hearts' content, and that was where I learned that food is not to be wasted but to be considered a blessing from above.
We even baked a cake from 'scratch'! It was as 'out-of-scratch' as a boxed yellow cake could present itself to be I suppose, but to me that meant a whole new world of possibilities. The possibility of embracing what tickles the fancy of others which, in this case, would be food, and the possibility that I could someday, maybe, just maybe, make something from scratch for my family and the loves of my life.
Life in Los Angeles
I consider myself blessed beyond measure that despite my reluctance in moving to the states as a teenager, God had a different plan. I now live in the county of Los Angeles, more specifically in the South Bay, with our growing family of four going onto five (our rotund cat Orion deserves recognition). Once in a while you might read about and see features of my husband Greg, our electrifying, energetic daughter Selah, and our soon-to-be-welcomed daughter, Tabitha.