Hey! Welcome to The Food Blog! I'm Colleen and I'm glad you stopped by. I hope that you’re here because you love fresh, local, seasonal food cooked from scratch. Because that’s what I do and I want to share it with you.
I have a passion for cooking and photography and love where I live, here in the Okanagan valley in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. It's a place where I can walk down the block and pick a pail of fresh cherries, apricots, peaches or apples, depending on the season.
I’m also fortunate to have a garden that I love to dig in, and I love cooking and preserving my own organically grown food. What we can’t or don’t grow or forage for ourselves, we look for in our local farmer’s markets, produce stands and artisan producers whenever possible.
I believe in eating real. That means eating what nature gives us, not what is produced in a factory. Processed foods might be convenient, but there is a cost to our health, and also in flavor and love of good food, which is, to me, one of the true simple pleasures in life.
I believe in being inclusive. My recipes are not specifically gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo, low carb, or any diet. I respect everyone's individual choices in how they want to enjoy real food. I don't like labels. My personal belief is that we humans are omnivores, who should definitely eat a mostly plant based diet, and that our protein sources should be humanly raised and eaten in very small quantities.
You won't have trouble finding any of those diet specifics here, though. Because the basis for most of them is eating fresh, healthy, good food. Exactly what The Food Blog is all about.
I also believe in simplicity. Cooking from scratch can seem hard and complicated. It isn't. A lot of people even find it fun. Cooking together is a great family activity. And the most delicious recipes are often the simplest ones. You'll find ingredients or dishes here on The Food Blog that you can find in your own kitchen, or at least in your regular grocery store. And you will be able to pronounce the names of them all.
When you get comfortable in the kitchen, you'll realize that recipes are really just guidelines. That's why I try to give substitution suggestions often. So, If you don't have a certain grain or veggie in the recipe? It's fine to use something else, almost always.
I love hearing from my readers, so email me: firstname.lastname@example.org with your feedback, thoughts, questions or stories. I promise to get back to you promptly. Come join the community on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram, too!
Wishing you deliciousness every day,