I’d love to say I’m a 3rd generation farmer who inherited acres of cultivated land, but I can’t. I work in an office and live in a downtown high-rise. I have a balcony. I started growing a few tomato plants on the balcony and liked the way it looked from inside my apartment. My goal is to design and grow a little kitchen garden that is aesthetically inspiring and the envy of my neighbours.
I will never grow enough to sell at the farmer’s market but I do harvest enough to serve delicious creations to my friends. The kitchen garden is the next accessory to a carefully planned kitchen.
I’m not a professional chef but I’m obsessed with buying kitchen appliances, culinary gadgets and cookbooks. I search and collect kitchenalia wherever I travel. A few years ago, I decided to learn a repertoire of gourmet meals.
I needed professional help. I completed several courses at accredited culinary institutes, including Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Yes, the Cordon Bleu certificates are professionally framed and proudly displayed in my kitchen.
Of course, I continue to dine out. I like going to the top trendy restaurants…who doesn’t?! I'm a foodie but not a food maniac. I choose to eat at restaurants that inspire me to replicate "in the style of" at home. Most importantly, I observe the plating. More recently, I have found my cooking comparable (or comparably better) to meals at restaurants. Yes, I’m that good. I sound like a real jerk….full of myself. Yes, I believe it. Anyone can do it! It just takes practice, inspiration, great produce grown from a “local” farmer, creative plating and good friends to cook for. I enjoy and appreciate food much more.
All of this led to starting a website and blog. Here, I get to share my urban culinary adventures, from balcony to table.