Every weekday, we're highlighting a blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.
I have always been passionate about food, particularly, Spanish food. My extended family is from Sevilla, in the southern part of Spain called Andalucia. I started my food blog in order to preserve my family’s traditional recipes from Spain. In order to recreate some of these recipes, some ingredients are needed that can’t be found at your local grocery store. Spaniards use pork lard, back fat, organ meats and all pieces of the animal that some may find “odd.” I try to go into depth on what these ingredients are, their nutritional benefits and how they can be sourced through local family farmers. It’s this nature of cooking real traditional foods that I found myself immersed in the local foods movement and urban homesteading.
I share with my readers the joy that can be found by growing and raising your own food. From organic gardening to urban chicken farming, it’s a way to live sustainably and frugally. During these economic times, it’s a cinch to have nourishing vegetables, meat and eggs right in your backyard. A form of living that was also a necessity lived out by my mother and family in Spain.
My blog comes full circle: growing, raising, harvesting and cooking. I also express to my readers that not everyone has the time to grow or raise their own food and that’s okay. That is why I encourage my readers to shop at farmers markets and to source their meat and eggs directly from local family farmers.
What’s in store for me in the future? In May of 2011, I will be leading my first culinary tour through Andalucia, Spain. In the future, I would also enjoy to write a traditional Spanish cookbook.
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