I didn't come to food easily.
As a child, I sat at the table for hours and refused to eat. I turned my nose up at homemade candy, chocolate desserts, even fried chicken. I just didn't like the actual act of eating. And, I resented dinner.
But as an adult, I've realized that food is a gateway to faraway places. It opens the mind to adventure. I can't afford to go to China, France, Lebanon or Thailand. But I can eat dishes created there, in this case Lebanese Stuffed Eggplant, and read about the reasons behind the food to get a glimpse of the culture.
There's a very good reason that Hendrix's foreign language house, a dorm that rotates yearly between students in French, Spanish and German classes, mandates students cook together. Food bonds people together just as it transports them to that country.
My other foodie friends — the ones who take photographs of food more often than of people — knew they loved food early on. But many tend not to explore foods anymore. I will still try anything at least once. Snails, oysters, beef stomach, check.
Anyway, this blog and video is my first food adventure. It's not meant to be a professional video. I'm not Bobby Flay. Or that gorgeous Italian woman, Giada. I don't have the proper training, cookware, money or even a kitchen that doesn't slope. So, this is a cooking show for those of us who want to explore new dishes on the cheap.
I plan to show my mistakes and my successes. This means you could see video of me fleeing from the kitchen because of exploding apples. Or of me carving a duck by the light of a headlight strapped to my forehead. (Both of these actually happened to me. Alas, no one took video…Until now.)
So, are you ready for a food adventure?