My name is Emma, and so far on my personal site I’ve established myself a writer who writes about writing. But I’m here to offer another layer to my content creation. Something I’ve loved for as long as I can remember is cooking and baking. Growing up in Chicago, one of the best foodie cities in the United States, I have been fortunate to experience a large variety of food and culture. Certainly, I fall into the category of people who live to eat.
Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I dreamed of becoming a pastry chef, but lacked the actual motivation and drive to pursue that avenue. Food remains a hobby, and another muse. I make an effort to create without pressure, and I live for experimentation.
So please, buckle up, and I’m looking forward to exploring the world of recipe development, and food blogging in 2021! And don't fret, I will continue to write about the writing process as well.
Are you a World-Class Chef with years of cooking knowledge?
No. Besides cooking at home, I have taken cooking classes here and there, and I spent one month learning in a Pastry class at a Culinary College back when I was in high school, if that means anything. I also enjoy Food Network, and the Cooking Channel.
I am not a food expert; I’m learning and am enjoying myself. This is a hobby.
Why are you sharing your recipes?
I have a few justifications. Since I love food and cooking so much, I figured an interesting avenue to pursue my creative interests would be through recipe writing. I have never written recipes before, and this presents another opportunity for me to hone my writing skills.
Selfishly, writing down my recipes is a great way for me to recreate my dishes. I tend to cook chaotically, and without measuring. Recipe creation forces me to be mindful.
And to those interested, they can cook with me! I hope to grow a platform where I can continue learning about, and experimenting with food. Again, I’m not an expert; I’m just enjoying another one of my passions.
Do you eat meat?
No, and yes. Currently, I have been a pescatarian for 3+ years. Simply, I don’t eat “land meat” (Poultry, Beef, Pork, etc.). I’m comfortable existing on the cusp of vegetarianism, and truthfully, I don’t consume fish very often. I love eggs, tofu, shellfish, and vegetables…and carbs.
If you are looking for “land meat: dishes…sorry, but there will be no such recipes. But I hope you stay for dessert! 😊
What’s your favorite type of cuisine?
If I had to pick just one for savory food, it’s Japanese food. (I’m half-Japanese, so I may be a bit biased). My top Japanese dishes include Yaki Soba, Takoyaki, and Okonomiyaki. I also love American-style sushi rolls. (They’re the Tex-Mex of Japanese food).
Other than Japanese food, I tend to enjoy Thai, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Tex-Mex, Italian, and Polish foods most frequently. Of course, it can be difficult when you don’t eat “land-meat”…but that’s okay.
As for sweets, I’m inclined to lean towards French, Italian, and American desserts. But that’s because there are so many I haven’t had the opportunity to try. Truthfully, there aren’t many desserts I will shy away from. I love chocolate, peanut butter, and peppermint mocha. My favorite desserts are doughnuts, cheesecake, and ice cream sandwiches…but I can go on all day…
Do you have any food allergies?
Thankfully, I do not.