My name is Alanna, and I love food...

I don't mean I love to eat (which I do) but I have a deep passion for food. I have spent the past decade learning everything I can about different ingredients, techniques and recipes. I love how food can shape cultures, it connects all of humanity in a very basic way. I love to learn about different spices and seasonings, and why we use them the way we do. I love to learn the science behind ingredients and cuisines and why we love them so much.

I have a knack for pairing flavours that may never cross your mind, and creating dishes out of pantry staples that will satisfy any craving.

My relationship with food is complex, however. In 1990 I was diagnosed with type one diabetes. When you are living with diabetes food becomes the enemy and the saviour. For a long time I battled with food as an enemy, rather than something than fuelled me. It became nothing but medication I used to counteract my other medication. Then, one day, I decided that food is a fact of life. If it was going to sustain me, I better begin to understand it. I started to watch the show Good Eats by Alton Brown, and I quickly became engulfed in the world of food science. I learned so much about ingredients and techniques that I started to cook and experiment more in the kitchen.

I still cook and experiment in the kitchen over 10 years later. I use cooking as my way to relax and refocus. I often will spend entire afternoons cooking different meals for myself and my husband and friends. I am always searching out new ingredients and food experiences.

I chose to start a blog because I needed a place to deposit what I have learned, and what I am doing in the world of food. I want to share some of the successes I have in the kitchen with all of you in hopes that you will embrace what food can do for us.

My current diet is plant heavy with some meats, lowish carb. I don't restrict too many foods, and I certainly don't claim to be an expert on any diet or lifestyle. Some of my recipes are extremely healthy, some are not...but I enjoy them all.

I am excited to share what I know with you, and am happy you're choosing to read.