cooking is one of my favourite hobbies.* don’t get me wrong; this definitely doesn’t mean it’s a gourmet affair every day. some days it’s pancakes for dinner or even simple sweet potato oven fries with a customized aioli (that’s just a fancy word for mayo). regardless, i always do my best to make it delicious. i will admit: i often reference a recipe but do not follow it closely.
my motto for cooking: fresh, unprocessed, locally sourced and mostly organic – especially with meats and veggies. the less ingredients the better and fresh herbs whenever possible. i believe eating as organic (and GMO free) as possible does wonders for your overall health. while this can be very expensive, especially if you are feeding a family, i choose to make it a priority. try starting small and see what you can fit into your budget.
yes, i am indeed one of the people i used to scoff at, strolling the aisles at whole foods any (and every) given sunday… and most other days.
ingredients you will always find in my pantry include:
cote d’azure grey salt
chicken and vegetable stock (local and organic)
annies mac and cheese (organic)
jarred tomatoes in different forms (organic)
que pasa tortilla chips (local and organic)
skinny b cereal (local and organic)
italissima balsamic crema
brown sugar (organic)
black, basmati and arborio rice (organic)
kashi go lean cereal
favourite places to find interesting cooking items and ingredients:
whole foods (browsing the aisles is bound to inspire a wonderful meal)
the gourmet warehouse (visiting this place is one of my favourite pastimes)
homesense (you can always walk out with something you probably didn’t need)
local ethnic neighbourhood grocery stores (there are tons downtown and you can find very unique ingredients)
bosa foods (i would love to visit this place more often – you can always find something to add to your pantry collection)
*i always wear that when i cook, too.
**baking is another passion which i will be covering in future posts.