Who I am:
I am a 40 year old home cook, who is passionate about food and vegetarianism. I have cooked all my life, and love to feed my friends and family.
A year ago, my GoddessMother challenged me to spend a year cooking. I was thinking about where my life was going and wasnt sure what I should do and she asked me that magic question – “If you could do anything you wanted to do, and had the freedom and time to do it, what would you do?” I said, without thought or pause, “I would cook.” My GoddessMother helped me expose what my soul already knew – at heart, I am a cook. Its what I want to do and love to do all the time.
I turned 40 in March. My challenge to myself was to post at least 1 recipe every day on this blog – delicious, delectable, tasty, happy making vegetarian recipes. I cook everything I post. I wasnt quite successful in posting every day – but I did post 2 days out of 3, which isnt bad 😉 And its given me a great basis of recipes which define how I cook and see the world.
I will be going to Ballymaloe Cooking School in Ireland this May … and then, I will try and find a path that will integrate my passion for cooking with my need to make a living!
I would love to hear from you! Email me at pia(at)delectablecooks.com x
Why I am a delectable vegetarian cook:
I am a vegetarian because I believe that we need to live on this earth and tread lightly, and cause the least harm (the philosophy of ahimsa) – but I havent been “good” enough to become a vegan (as you can see from the abundant use of eggs, bread and cheese on this blog!).
I always try and buy local, organic and fresh. I would rather purchase 10 organic local eggs, than 12 battery eggs – and I try and use them carefully and with fore-thought. A small wedge of organic pecorino has twenty times more flavour then a big wheel of factory produced waxy fake pecorino. When buying fruits and vegetables, I always look at what the organic shop has, and whats stocked in the organic aisle, before buying in the supermarket. I do buy non-organic – its too expensive to be completely organic, but as much as I can, and where I can, I try to balance things out.
I love animals, and always have, and I cannot imagine eating one. Its gotten to the point where I physically cant eat meat – I get sick – but I dont try and make others subscribe to my way of life. However, cooking is one of my tools to introduce people to the pleasures of vegetarian food – many of the people in my life love to eat what I cook, and often are astounded that there is no meat in the dishes they devour. This gives me great satisfaction.
Hopefully, at Ballymaloe, I will begin to learn the tools (at 40! better late then never!) to implement my way of life into a means to support myself. This blog is my way of keeping track of my thoughts, my recipes, my memories. I hope you enjoy it, and if you are a meat eater, I hope that it seduces you just a little into considering a vegetarian night once a week – or all the time!
Love and light, P