Hello! My name is Vanessa. If you were to ask me what I love most about food I would simply tell you:
I love the entire experience. I love that every single human sense is involved in the process – sight, sound, touch, smell, and best of all, taste. I even love the little details that go along with it, like how the linen napkin feels in my hand as I set it on my lap, is it soft or crisp? I love the weight of the utensil in my hand and how it clashes ever so lightly against the plate as I take each bite. But up until a few months ago I absolutely hated one key component of the entire process, and perhaps the most important of them all. I absolutely unequivocally hated cooking.
My excuses were never ending. I would say anything negative about cooking that I could, from it being too time consuming, too expensive, too difficult, or simply not worth it. If I wanted decent food I would go to a restaurant and have it cooked for me or I would just throw something into the microwave and be done with it.
These were obviously the days before Paleo.
Maybe my aversion to cooking was because I was so unhealthy and didn’t understand the power of real food and its effects on the body. Maybe I was just lazy. Maybe it was a combination of both. I hated cooking.
And then it all changed…
It’s funny because now cooking is a passion and something I really look forward to. It’s now a quintessential part of the food experience for me. When I walk into my kitchen, it’s like a blank canvas waiting for me to create something. The details about cooking have become just as important and again, like with food, I find myself using every sense. How the light reflects off of my stainless steel measuring cups hanging over the sink. The warmth that comes from a pre-heated oven. The texture of the fabric on my apron as I tie it around my waist. The smells from my pantry when I open it to grab an ingredient. Everything in cooking is an experience just like with food, it’s magic. And I never made the connection before.
Everyone else I knew then remembered my former aversion to cooking as well and they couldn’t believe I now own a cooking blog! Don’t get me wrong, I still get extremely frustrated. Probably because there is actual science involved in cooking – and I hate science!
It’s chemistry, certain molecules bond together and make things rise, deflate or separate and if you add too much of this or that it takes away the true potential of the food. And I love food with potential! And this potential, is probably the driving force behind my blog. I think of all the things I want to eat, good and bad, (ok mostly bad) and all of the infinite possibilities and then I make it my mission to make this food delicious and most importantly Paleo. I want to not only enjoy the food experience but I want my body to enjoy it too.
Intro to Paleo Treats
One of the things I wanted to hold important to myself and to my blog is the knowledge that as much as cooking is science, it isn’t an EXACT science. Things aren’t always going to turn out perfectly. Sometimes you’re going to add a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon by mistake. Sometimes you may forget an ingredient entirely. And sometimes cooking is like the model on the cover of a magazine. We stare and wonder how it’s possible to look like that?
You’re so flawless. I always thought that when I would look at food blogs. How is that food so perfect? With my blog I didn’t want to sell people an image. Obviously you have to photograph your food nicely or no one will read your article. However, I wanted people to know that I’m human too and it took me 5 attempts to get this cookie right while almost giving up. There’s nothing wrong with being human. There’s nothing wrong with not being the best cook in the world. We’re all flawed.
One of my favorite cooking quotes is by Julia Child, “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” I’ve never found words to be truer.
And thus began my journey to turn unhealthy sweets into paleo treats…
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