If I ask myself why I love to cook, the following would be some good reasons:
- I get to be in control of my own health, happiness and well being.
- I get to support others in living healthier lives.
- I can exercise my creative spirit and I have a wonderful, varied, colorful and delicious palette to create with.
- I am my own boss—even though I have employers, they always allow me free rein in the kitchen.
- I get paid to indulge every day in doing what I love and something I would be doing anyway.
- I get to cross boundaries and explore cultures in a most interesting way—through their foods.
- I never feel like I've finished learning, even after 35 years. Cooking is a constantly evolving art form and there's always so much more to learn and explore—I feel like I'm just scratching the surface.
- I get to have a relationship with where my nourishment comes from through sourcing ingredients, meeting food producers and, when possible, planting my own foods. I travel so much with my work that it's still down there on my to-do list to create my own organic farm!
- In my work with clients, I often get to prepare food for children, and I love to get them involved in the creative process and find ways to get them excited about eating in a better way.
- Food is a wonderful form of non-verbal communication. When you're cooking for someone, you're offering them love and nourishment, and there has to be a level of trust that is not often achieved in other ways.
- Last but not least, the marriage proposals keep on rolling in. I'd like to think that it's because I'm just so gorgeous, but I have a sneaking suspicion that it has much more to do with how I look in an apron!
Since we're on the subject of food and love, today I'm bringing you my Seductive Salmon with Rainbow Salsa
, from the "Food For Love" chapter of my cookbook Recipes to Nurture
This dish brings color, texture and flavor together in a most delightful way and I hope it will inspire you to let your creative spirit out to play! I like to serve it up with a light grain—like couscous or aromatic jasmine rice—and a green vegetable such as asparagus, broccoli or green beans.
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