I wasn’t sure how I wanted to start my first entry on my blog. But since its Dina Dishes I’m going to dish how I got started on my foodie crazed obsession.
My mother was a great eclectic cook. She was adventurous, pushed the boundaries on food (sometimes too far across the boundary for my young taste), and genuinely loved to cook. I like to think that some of her obsession with food rubbed off on me.
During my late teens I battled an eating disorder and that’s when the obsession kicked into high gear. I devoured cookbooks, watched cooking shows like Julia Child and The Galloping Gourmet, and pushed myself to learn different techniques and styles of cooking. I would make these elaborate meals but not eat any of the food myself.
Years passed and my fascination with food continued to grow. By the time I married my best friend John in 1988, I had conquered my eating disorder and together John and I explored the best of the culinary world our region had to offer.
As I became more involved in my passion the idea of culinary school came to mind. However, with two small boys now in the household I locked the idea away for a future day. This did not deter me to learn everything on my own. I am self-taught and proud of my discipline to learn the beautiful art of food. I am a true foodie.
Now to present day…
My oldest just graduated from college and the youngest is now entering the proud “hook-em horns” educational arena at University of Texas-Austin. So, I’m still left to my own culinary devices and exploration. I think this is a good thing because there is no one to tell me it can’t be done or that my idea for a concoction won’t work.
I love small bites, always have as when I had my eating disorder and then conquering that disorder I always did take small bites. I center my dishes on this theme but as far as the creativeness for my food goes…anything goes.
I’m a very competitive person. This competitiveness helps me in my poker games, speaking contests, and generally being a foodie. Let’s face it-foodies can be a very competitive group. This competitiveness will serve me well as I learn and adjust Dina Dishes.
If you stick around you will see. When I come up with an idea I stop at nothing to make it happen.
Ah, let the creative juices flow.