As far as I can remember my mom has always been the main cook of the house hold. I didn’t realize at a young age that not everyone had a mother who cooked meals made out of scratch every single night . It wasn’t until I was a lot older and living on my own for the very first time that I realized what it actually took to feed a family of five every night . The preparation and time it took not to mention the daily cleaning of the kitchen. My mom was a stay at home mom for my older brother and some parts of my childhood . When my sister was born she started working full time and she still maintained cooking full dinners every night of the week . She never cut corners . Her way of showing she cared was through the food she made every night.
Years later when I finally moved out from my parents home I was so excited to finally have my own space so do whatever I want. I remember most nights consisted of buying frozen chicken patties and instant mash potatoes which was not an acceptable dinner choice for every night of the week and I have to admit I was still proud in that I made it all by myself. I can’t believe I didn’t understand why I felt lethargic and for the first time ever in my life started gaining weight ! I wanted to learn how to cook like my mom but it was daunting and it was so much easier to just go to her house and grab extras that is until years later I moved even further away and her cooking was not readily available at all. I think back fondly to her meals and her cooking was always well balanced and although not always the healthiest do you guys remember the trend of having fryers in the kitchen and frying everything from fries to fish sticks? Yup that happened in my childhood and it was delicious and very greasy ha! Well for 97% of the time my mom’s cooking was delicious and nutritious. With every year that has passed I have learned little bits here and there but I wanted to go more in depth. At 31 years old now married to my wonderful husband of 3 years now full time home maker and hopefully a mom sooner than later . I wanted to start learning how to make full balanced dinners with using least processed foods just like my mom.
I wanted to give you a little family history because it’s incredibly important to me for everyone to appreciate and celebrate their own cultures! You see my family is Dominican and as a Hispanic American women culture has always been very important to me . Speaking Spanish and food is the biggest connection to my culture so I hold is sacred . I would not allow myself to miss out on learning the dish recipes that have been passed down to my mom and now they would be passed down to me .
One of the first hurdles I saw ahead on this journey was “ingredient ” limitations. I mentioned before I have been Vegetarian for the last 6 years. Meat being a huge aspect of Dominican cooking I was baffled to how I would be able to do it . My mom was actually inspired by my way of eating that she started experimenting with vegetarian options for my husband and I. So far she’s made us eggplant meatballs and vegetarian lasagna. She uses the same seasonings from my childhood and it made me realize its okay if I don’t eat meat . With the right herbs and spices I can get an authentic flavor that I can pass down to my kids one day!
In the last 3 months I moved closer to home and I now that I get to spend some more time with my parents I figured it was perfect timing to start learning! As a way to start keeping track of all the dishes I will be learning from savory dishes to pastries. I have asked my mom if she will join me in doing a “how to” once a week and I would use my blog to share it . Please stay tuned for these blogs posts ! First one will be a bread pudding . I am so excited to not only be learning but I also get to spend time with my mom in the kitchen. I hope to do the same thing with my future kid .As always thank you for taking the time to read my blog. Stay tuned and join me on this cooking journey!