It’s hard to remember a time in my life when food was not at the center, my sun and my moon. Children of larger families often know what it feels like to go to bed hungry, to eat like it’s your last meal, to constantly dream of food. As one of ten, there was never enough food to go around and we learned to live through the hunger, to normalize the empty feeling in our bodies.
I was also the only vegetarian in my family, growing up during a period that lacked the knowledge and expertise on feeding alternative diets. Intuitively, I longed for flavors and spices beyond my exposure of traditional vegetarian fare. This longing sent me on a lifelong journey to uncover the art of spices, textures and layering.