When I think back on my childhood, some of my earliest memories of cooking were with my Dad. He’d call me over to the kitchen, pull up a stool for me and we’d get to down to business. Full of enthusiasm, he’d explain kitchen basics like how to hold a knife, why onions make you cry, and, most importantly, that recipes are merely a guideline; each dish is an opportunity to put your own special touch.
My father, being optimistic by nature, once gave me the ‘big girl’ task of chopping up a few hot peppers for his stir-fry. Psyched to be climbing up in the culinary world at such a young age, I keenly accepted. Unfortunately, this cooking milestone ended with my mother flushing my eyes out with water while crying out, “…you let an eight-year-old cut up chilies and didn’t think she’d touch her eyes?!”. It was a painful lesson, but an important cooking lesson nonetheless.
Cooking has always fascinated me and its close family-ties struck a chord in my heart at an early age. Nearly every culture around the world is centered around food and sharing it amongst loved ones. Food is what brings people together. I was raised in a family where dinners surrounded by friends and family took place on the regular, and those memories are centered around the table; chatting and laughing whilst colourful dishes are passed from neighbor to neighbor.
For years, I found myself collecting cookbooks and stocking up on kitchen tools and small appliances. I’d spend endless hours scanning Indigo’s Cooking section, and like a kid in a candy store, kitchen stores were my kryptonite; I’d lose track of time discovering what the many aisles had to offer. Countless food blogs filled my bookmarks tab and I spent untold hours’ day-dreaming about different meal ideas and flavor combos. Having a food-blog of my own seemed like a distant reality; a reoccurring thought, but one I never thought possible for me.
It wasn’t until the end of 2014, whilst living in Oman, that I set out to create a blog of my own, Reaching for Greens. I wanted to provide a place for people to discover easy, plant-based recipes that complimented the everyday cook. It wasn’t until attending The Institute of Holistic Nutrition that the RFG food blog transformed into a learning space alike. I shifted my blog posts to reflect current health topics and aimed at creating a space where people like me, the average passionate cook, could learn about different aspects of health whilst skimming through recipes. I believe healthy habits start in the kitchen and my mission is to show how easy that is to obtain.
Today, Reaching for Greens serves as a platform to offer nutritional knowledge, holistic wellness tips and simple, yet mouth-watering recipes. I invite you to explore the website, discover the different plant-based possibilities and hopefully walk away having left your own special touch.
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