I’m Emma, a recent college graduate from the University of Connecticut with a BA in Psychology and an English minor. I am a food and health enthusiast residing in the northeast corner of CT. Here, I see an opportunity to collaborate, express, and share some of my thoughts and experiences revolving around my favorite environment, the kitchen! I’ve come to realize I express myself through food, writing, and the visual presentation of the two and do so in similar ways-without too much premeditation and always from the heart. I’m on a quest to get the most out of my life and that involves most importantly how I fuel myself and those that I love and cook for.
I believe in eating foods that are as close to their original state as possible, and utilizing those whole foods in creative and cost effective ways. I’m all about nutrient density in my diet and like to create things that do as much good for the body as possible without sacrificing approachability or taste. I’ve realized nothing brings me more joy than learning about food and everything that revolves around it, i.e. food of various cultures and the motivation behind why, when, how and what we to consume.
I’m also adamant about self sufficiency and getting back to the roots of doing things by hand-I accomplish this in my own small way by whisking cream by hand, baking bread and other staples at home, mixing with a wooden spoon, and trusting my eyes and hands to do the measuring. I think this is how I best learned how to cook and bake; I feel as though one comes to understand the chemistry and progression of both arts by proceeding by hand versus machine. My kitchen creations are intuitive and a source of peace for me and this means just simply paying attention to how my food tastes, looks, and smells as it comes along.
Learning about nutrition and a cleaner way of eating has been a vast source of empowerment for me. Shifting to this perspective on eating has created a path to respecting my body in a way I had yet to realize was possible for me. This is particularly profound after many years of struggling with how to properly nourish myself and utilize food in a way that was a catalyst for life rather than an obstacle. This self knowledge, combined with a new found love of exercise has changed the way I look at food as fuel and therefore, my self perception, entirely.
It’s all about intuition here and I encourage everyone to follow their gut-whether that be in the kitchen or not!