HELLO! Let’s get inspired with food to make you feel HAPPY, motivated and full of energy! You see, being healthy is our decision to feed our happiness with good, fabulous-tasting food, it’s choosing to be active, it’s choosing to always look on the bright side of life.
Welcome fellow foodies, healthy living enthusiasts, home cooks, and chefs at heart – let’s have some fun with food! My name is Eartha (@earthacooks). I believe cooking from scratch is a simple and rewarding craft, one that anyone can learn and even succeed at from the get-go. There’s a delight in cooking: the wonder of creating, the pleasure of time spent in the honest pursuit of tradition and nourishment of our bodies and those of our family. Also, let’s be honest, eating food is a major source of joy in everyday life. I’m an advocate for nutritious, healthy eating, and have a passion for creating vibrant, flavourful dishes, using whole, down to earth ingredients.
Join me on a journey into a cleaner, greener lifestyle, and discover Cooking Green Goodness. Follow my fun, healthy, food-focused exploits, cooking with kids series, tasty recipes and beautiful imagery. “All you’ll need is a slightly expanded pantry, a good knife, the soul of a cook – and your appetite,” as stated in one of my favourite cookbooks.
I’m a Toronto native who loves the city’s diverse and inspiring food and culture scene. In one block you can find Caribbean, Greek, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, and Vietnamese restaurants (to name a few), and don’t get me started on the food trucks! Food Truck Frenzy is a real thing. I am a Mommy to two, born entrepreneur, aspiring author, lover of veggies, good food advocate, culinary arts student, student of nutrition, and former Contributor at Toronto Caribbean Newspaper (Healthy Green Eating). My mission here is to create, educate, entertain and inspire through my love for good food.
“nothing will work unless you do.” Dr. Maya Angelou
Follow me as I develop a “food system” guide to answer tough questions we have about where our food comes from, how it’s processed, and how we can best use it to nourish our bodies. To keep up with what’s cooking, follow @earthacooks on Facebook and Twitter.
Aside from cooking and sharing delicious recipes, understanding what I call the “food system” has become increasingly important to me. How do we eat for the 21st Century? Better yet, where’s my food coming from? To better answer these questions, I’ll be working on a project to track the ingredients used in my dishes from the field to fork. I’ll also explore how food is processed in the Canadian food system, and let you guys in on local food initiatives. I look forward to sharing this information with you!
I remember that sunny morning in Jamaica very well, and the events of the day that would lead me to cook my first hot meal at the age of twelve. My active and beautiful Mom, who is an amazing cook, woke up with neck pain (ouch!). Now dinnertime is a big deal in Jamaica, often planned in advance. Without knowing, or even asking what the plan for dinner was as other plans to take my mom to the hospital unfolded, I decided that in the event my mom was not able to cook that day, I would get things started. By the time my mom got back home from the hospital that evening, dinner for five was served.
I cook the way my mom unknowingly inspired my imagination (with a few new tricks learned throughout the years). I had never cooked a meal before the day my mom sprained her neck, but I loved hanging out in the kitchen from a young age. There was always something delicious on the stove. I experienced the different smells and uses of fresh herbs and spices just by observing, or, as my mom called it, “being nosey” (pun intended). For dinner that day, I cooked White Rice, Beef Kidney with Lima Beans, and Callaloo. Not only was it delicious, but it was cooked to taste exactly the way my mom would make it. My family still talks about that special meal to this day.
Let’s get back to that morning. If you’re wondering how food and dinnertime even crossed my mind at such an inopportune moment when mom was in pain, I too have thought about this over the years. I know that it was an instinctive thought of “what can I do to help my mom and my siblings in this time of need?” Food heals in many ways.
Even the most health-conscious diner can get to the end of a day and forget to eat a leafy green; life gets busy. Cooking Green Goodness is for the person with a goal to incorporate more vegetables, fresh herbs and fruits into their daily diet. Learn cooking tips like how spinach can be used as a secret ingredient in some incredibly moist, dense chocolate brownies, and in delectable smoothies. You’ll forget you’re eating something healthy!
Cooking to me is about creating dishes with ingredients that I love. Cooking is getting to know herbs and spices. The best part about cooking is that the more you do it, the more flavours you and your taste buds discover. And you’ll just get better at it!
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