I fell in love with all things food about 10 years when my vegetarian diet (at the time) forced me to view food differently. I loved food, but this diet restriction made me appreciate the ritual of cooking and eating. It made me respect and celebrate the flavors in my food. I was limited to plant based ingredients. I couldn’t just throw a sandwich together and call it lunch. I needed to think about my food and construct my meals in a way that I could really stick to my new vegetarian diet and enjoy it just as much as I did when I wasn’t paying attention.
A few changes happened immediately after going vegetarian. I was eating so many more fruits and vegetables that I subconsciously became a healthy eater. Something about having salads made me want to eat more stuff that was good for me and less of the bad. I eliminated soda from my diet. I limited my sugar and salt intake, and suddenly (after hating the taste of water for years) I enjoyed it. Another significant change I noticed was that food tasted REALLY good. It tasted so much better after I stopped eating meat products. Spinach didn’t taste as bitter. It was more a sweet, herb-like taste. Bread and nuts were sweeter than I remembered. Tomatoes and mushrooms tasted like a fresh summer garden. I picked up different notes of sweet berries and nuts in coffee. It was pretty amazing!
I was so curious and excited to discover these wonderful flavors! I started watching Food Network nonstop. I wanted to know what chef’s knew and learn how to create flavorful meals without the use of meat products. I figured I could get inspired by their dishes and use my understanding of the flavors to re-create vegetarian meals for myself. This was my approach when I visited restaurants and read the descriptions of meals. I tried to visualize how I could make those meals, but vegetarian. I had a huge blank canvas in front of me and I was ready to create art!
After my first trip to Europe as a vegetarian, I knew I was missing out on a lot of food that I had never tasted an probably never will again. That was when I decided to try eating meat again. I wanted to use my knowledge of food and ingredients to make new delicious meals . After a year, I went back to Europe, only this time my trip was planned around food. Once again, I saw another canvas before my eyes, but now with all the meat products I had learned to cook and love again.
So, here I am creating and re-creating recipes and sharing with you. I’m lucky to have people around me who love food as much as I do. People that cook with me and that enjoy tasting my food. This blog is to share with you a little bit about my journey with food. I hope you fall in love with each bite as I have over the years.
Bivi @ Curious & Hungry