I`m Maria, a Portuguese Canadian, who married into a big fat Greek family. Opa! We love to cook and eat, mostly recipes inspired by our roots, and we also love to share recipe ideas from our friends.
Some of my fondest childhood memories happened right in our kitchen, the heart of our home. This was the place to where everyone would gravitate - friends and family alike. This is where my mom taught us to appreciate our heritage and to read and write Portuguese. She taught us the art of letter writing (this was, after all, back in the day). We'd talk about school and the day, and while my sister and I completed our homework at the kitchen table, mom would move seamlessly about, making dinner - mom never rushed.
We ate well - lean meats, fresh fish, pastas and grains, lots of vegetables and plenty of fresh fruit, milk and cheeses, and of course, fresh bread was always on the table. Simple food, but food prepared well, and variety, as mom could make just about any type of food and she could even do wonders with leftovers!
Mom taught us to be fearless in the kitchen and inspired us to be creative. We enjoyed gatherings with family and friends almost every weekend in our home and experienced the joys of sharing many delicious meals.
I've jotted down a few of her recipes throughout the years, however, this has proven to be quite the challenge as mom has never actually used a recipe, nor has she ever measured anything! I wanted a more permanent compilation of recipes, of the scrumptious tastes and flavours we had growing up, including many secret tips and tricks that mom shared with us. However, a career in finance and other obligations kind of let me leave that plan on the back burner.
When I retired I decided to put pen to paper (alright, it's a laptop), and write.
Look I Cook allows me an opportunity to share recipes for some of my cultural delicacies as well as specialties from my husband's family and from our friends. I hope that the recipes you find here will also inspire you to cook for your family and friends.
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