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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Year, New Goals

I have always been a strong believer in "living one day at a time". At the same time, it has always been important for me to set high standards and specific goals for myself to keep me motivated.

Waking up in the morning, you never know what awaits for you. As people go through their daily routines, they never know what may happen or what they could possibly encounter. Amazingly and, thankfully, most of us brave the weather, our moods and the challenges that we meet during the day and go to bed at night simply to await the next morning.

What keeps us going? Would is be the desire to succeed in life? Or to be up to the standards of course set by our "lovely" modern society? Maybe to be the best that we can be in the eyes of others? What ever you do to make it through the day and to fuel your dreams and to be the best that you can be, you need to fuel up.
As fast food has become more and more of a commodity for fueling our busy lives, people have turned to pre-marinated frozen foods and bottled vinaigrette. Through all of this change, the art of cooking is being lost.

I have been very fortunate growing up when it came to cooking. Traditional flavors were always honored of course. It sure didn't stop my mother from taking traditional flavors and combining them in unconventional pairs to create amazing tasting (not always the greatest looking) dishes. It is through this home cooking that I have appreciated and learned thousands of flavor combinations which have taught me the tremendous joys of cooking for family and friends, and of course myself.

Although I am currently in the field of pastry making and baking, cooking still holds an important part of my everyday life. After all, it's all food, and food is life. Just as life is not even close to being predictable, food combinations don't always turn out the way you think they will. Although there is always something hiding in the pantry or bottom drawer of that fridge which can balance the tastes of your favorite dishes.
I.E: Today I was throwing together a pot of vegetable soup with a few things lying around the fridge. Starting with a pot of your most cherished tap water and a package of stir fry noodles isn't always appetizing at first. By simply adding some finely chopped onions, a clove of garlic, a jalapeño pepper and left over kernels of corn, I created a fiesta of a veg. soup. Of course a few spices and condiments were added to make it all happen, but simply to make the point, once you have the first spoonful of a homemade, quickly pulled together, pot of soup, you want nothing but to cherish it. Even if the taste of that jalapeño pepper may have been a little too overpowering...It'll only help clear out your sinuses and protect you through this flu season after all! No harm done.

Now to sum it all up.

Food, has to be cherished for the properties it holds and for the effects it may have on your life. Through understanding a meal and being thankful for all its individual flavors, ones eyes will open up to a whole new world!

As a testament to my love for food, life and everything they have to offer, I will be posting about the flavors I have encountered and the effects it had on my day. Food creations are definitely going to emerge, whether good or bad. Please join me on this quest, for I am most probably going to be publishing a collection of the best creations in a recipe book which will capture food's best attributes with photography.

Eat well, sleep well, and till tomorrow,

Astérix

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