Culinary Zest is part of my creative space. It exists to indulge, express and feed my passions for all things Culinary. It has been a long road to this point. Years. Playing with the idea that this was something I could do. Developing. Learning. Testing. Reworking. Hair-pulling. Launching. Rinse and Repeat.
Then “LIFE” came a knocking. Culinary Zest sat pretty much mothballed for nearly a year and a half. I struggled to find the time and energy to put into what I really wanted to be working on…my creative space.
I stumbled across a canvas one day that caught my eye. I don’t know why. It just did. And now it hangs on my wall, right next to my desk, where I spend a lot of my free time trying to figure out “what next.” It reminds me that I have to make the time to do the things that I really LOVE. Right now.
And what I love is to cook, to watch others cook, to learn from them and to share. I love playing with cameras. I want to CREATE and my hope is that I will with Culinary Zest.
I’ve been cooking for 20+ years. Cooking has been one of the most enduring passions I have. I am completely self-taught. I have a deep love of cookbooks that ranges from the simple to professional level culinary textbooks. I always like to say that, “I read cookbooks like other people read novels!”
Good kitchen gear makes me drool, from rarely used pieces to ones I could never live without, they all have their place in my Kitchen.
I love learning about people and their cultures through their cuisine. I was blessed with parents that loved to travel, which usually meant the kids were in tow. It was those very childhood travels that would eventually open the door to my love of all things Food.
I look back on those days fondly and they have food memories tied to them: Churros in Spain, Curry in Delhi, Frites in Belgium, and Baguettes in France to name just a few! Traveling abroad was the greatest education any parent could give. I marvel at the diversity that surrounds us all and the common practice we all share of breaking bread and sharing the best that our cultures have to offer.
I’m a Food Network junkie, can always be found digging through Cookbook sections of bookstores and I am proudly Canadian. I call the Maritimes home.