Thursday, June 26, 2014

Your Story Blog Hop: Your Food

This week Kriselle at Livin' and Lovin' asks:

This is more than your typical "what's your favorite food" post. What kinds of food did you eat growing up? Do you still eat it now? If you ate any cultural foods, what did you eat? Tell us about it!

I am kind of glad that this isn't a post about my favorite food. Quite honestly, my favorite food changes frequently. It all depends on my mood. Sometimes naming my favorite food seems as impossible as naming my favorite child. It's just not possible to do.

Growing up, I ate a variety of foods. Some were "cultural". My paternal grandmother's side of the family is Italian. Therefore, we ate a lot of Italian foods. I also lived in the "South" and we ate a lot of Southern food: fried chicken, baked macaroni and cheese, etc. My dad's family were also big fishers and hunters so there was always fish or venison (deermeat) to eat. I, personally, cannot eat venison. Tried it once, swore never again. But, I loved eating fried fish and shrimp and crab. I still eat all of this as an adult. Seafood is still one of my favorite "foods". I also love Italian food and it is one of my favorite cuisines to cook. I don't fry foods though so fried chicken is a luxury when we go out to eat.

{I don't fry chicken. But, I make Oven Baked Fried Chicken. The seasoning on it tastes similar to Kentucky Fried Chicken and the inside texture is exactly like KFC. Recipe here.} 

As I got older, I learned more about food and cultures. I'm not a pro by any means in Chinese cuisine but the few dishes I can cook are awesome and taste better than any take out I've ever had. I also lived in southern Louisiana for a couple of years. I learned to cook Cajun and Creole cuisines which are also some of my favorites to cook. 

{Red Beans and Rice. Recipe here.} 

I love food. I really do. I've been collecting recipes since I could read. I've been cooking since I was a teenager. And I've been inventing recipes since then as well. My children are exposed to what I ate as a child. I expose them to a variety of foods. There are still some things I want to try that I haven't yet.

There are some foods that I absolutely associate with my childhood. They include roast beef (with potatoes and carrots), homemade chicken noodle soup, and my mom's homemade french fries. Roast beef has some positive memories and some negative memories for me. I came to hate it because my mom fixed it once a week (and sometimes my grandmother fixed it for Sunday dinner so that made twice a week some weeks). It took me a long time to be willing to eat it again much less cook it. However, the positive is that when my grandmother made it, it was associated with family togetherness. I do fix it on occasion now. But, not even close to once a week. I LOVE my mom's homemade french fries. They are better than any fries I have ever eaten. I would pay for her to come to me and cook them once a week if I could. 

One of my life goals is to own a restaurant. With my love of the art of cooking, is that really a surprise?

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Kriselle Mendoza said...

Yum! All of that food sounds so delicious! I would really love to try some genuine southern home cooking one day. It all seems like some really tasty comfort food. Thank you for linking up again!

withlovear said...

Fried fish sounds so good! Actually, all your food does lol. So cool that you shared!

- Adriana Renee