I realize some of you are American and some of you are French (or Swiss!) but I think most of my francophone friends speak (or at least read!) English so this blog will be mostly in English. However I will try my very best to provide measurements in cups and in grams, and if you ever have questions (or just want to share your thoughts), please leave me a comment.
Okay, so why “yummy”? It's a word I use a lot with my almost-four-year-old son! But to me, yummy goes far beyond describing sweets. I think it is anything that tastes good AND feels good. It can be a cupcake with ganache frosting, or a bowl of pumpkin soup or a simple green salad. Yummy makes me happy!
Actually, cooking makes me happy! It is not a chore to me, it's a way to escape and relax. In my kitchen, all my senses come alive and I am (mostly!) stress-free. My kitchen is not only the place where I cook, it's also the place where I live, the hearth of my home.
Cooking also makes me feel good! I want to feed my family tasty, healthy foods. Have you looked at a food label on most pre-packaged goods lately? Sca-ry! That's why I prefer cooking and baking from scratch with wholesome ingredients.
I have many sources for recipes: magazines (Cooking Light, Food & Wine, Cuisine at Home, etc.), celebrity chefs (I am a big fan of Giada and Nigella), books (thank God for the library!), food blogs (too many to list here), but also my amazing mom and my wonderful mother-in-law. Both are great cooks and I take this opportunity to thank them for their inspiration, encouragement and advice. I used to follow recipes to a “T”, but now that I have more confidence, I will gladly take a recipe, tweak a few things and create a unique dish or dessert to share with my loved ones.
My motto when it comes to eating is “everything in moderation”. And if you eat well 90% of the time, you can splurge 10% of the time. Okay, I'll admit, sometimes I myself struggle with that 90/10 rule!
I firmly believe that while eating nourishes the body, cooking nourishes the soul. I find solace and happiness in my kitchen and I hope you will find comfort and joy in my “cuisine” too!