My name is Adriana and I am a vegetarian with a passion for cooking. This blog has three purposes: 1. A way for me to chronicle my cooking adventures and share them with my family and friends, 2. An excuse to practice my food photography skills (something I’ve never really attempted) and 3. An organizational tool to electronically file away my own recipes and those that I’ve attempted.
I’ve been a vegetarian for 17 years and over the past year took the extra step to becoming a vegan. Veganism poses its own challenges which are far outweighed by the health benefits. The day I discovered that vegan baked goods can taste just as good, if not better than regular baked goods was a happy day indeed. Hooray for coconut oil! 🙂
I do not preach vegetarianism to anyone, nor do I frown upon those around me that eat meat. It is simply a personal choice that I have practiced for more than half of my life. And I don’t cheat-ever.
Influences and Recipe Sharing Philosophy
Cooking is one of my main passions and a creative outlet. I like to experiment by creating my own recipes, but I also like to attempt recipes created by others, often times modifying them to suit my own taste and style. I’m happy to share any of my recipes with anyone, because I’m proud of them. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous when people are secretive about their recipes; that’s merely a reflection of their poor character. Let’s face it, people- don’t they promote sharing in preschool?
My main influences have been my mother and both of my grandmothers, who are all excellent cooks in their own right. I was allowed to experiment in the kitchen as a young child, and cooking was always made to be an adventure. My friend Ben Cohen and I have also collaborated on countless occasions, out of which many awesome creations have come. I’ve worked in many different restaurants in “front of house” positions and have always been fascinated/inspired by what goes on back there in the kitchen. Asking questions to an angry chef is always a risky endeavor, but occasionally yields some valuable results!