So, what is my relationship with food? Well, there hasn’t been much of one until the last couple of years. The only culinary training I’ve had was in grade 8 home economics, which I did quite well in I might add. Growing up, I didn’t hang out in the kitchen baking cookies or making mac and cheese with my mom. She would tell you that I always had my nose stuck in a book, studying to become a mad scientist (hence the name of the blog). Lets just say learning how to cook wasn’t high on my to-do-list. I regret not taking the time to learn from her. She makes the best Chinese and Vietnamese food and ironically is a chef at a hotel restaurant! After university, I moved out on my own and you would think my cooking skills improved. But working long hours in the lab and living alone resulted in a lot of take-out, salads and large pots of pasta that lasted for days. Food was just a way to get nutrients and energy. I’d always said that if I could get all my nutrients from pills and not have to eat, I would do it. On top of that, I found cooking to be a time-consuming chore that requires too much preparation and cleaning! On the few occasions that I was inspired and motivated to cook (usually when I got tired of eating the same thing over and over again) I tried recipes from cookbooks that promised simple, healthy and delicious meals in less than 30 minutes! Needless to say, a lot of these attempts led to bland, unappetizing meals and the result of these cookbooks collecting dust on my bookshelf. Things did not improve much after I got married. I am embarrassed to say that my husband was (is?) a better cook with a more developed palate. I was more than happy to let him do most of the cooking. But as his schedule became more hectic and mine slowed down, I began the search for easy and tasty recipes to try. After some trial and error, I started to have an appreciation for food and learned that delicious dishes don’t have to consist of a million ingredients or take hours to prep. You don’t even have to have fancy kitchen gadgets. Heck, I just purchased my first set of mixing bowls last week and I don’t even have an electric hand mixer. I’ve found the best part of cooking is seeing others (mainly my husband) enjoy it. You will find here a collection of the my food trials which I hope will inspire you to dust off the apron (if you have one, but not required) and get into the kitchen!
Thanks for visiting!
Thanks for stopping by my blog…I’ve loved looking through your recipes and can’t wait to try some!
thanks! let me know if you have any suggestions on how to improve the recipes you try. 🙂
oh my, your mango madness makes me drool! thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your compliments! keep up the great work.
Hi Yvonne, cooking is therapeutic! Keep up the good works! Is always the heart that is the best and sincere ingredient.
thanks! yes, i’m starting to find comfort in the kitchen….that is when things are working.
when my parents sold their house and had to get rid of almost everything, they asked me what of my stuff do i really really really want them to try to keep and I told my mom to keep the electric mixer…she was shocked that i even remembered it and even more shocked why i wanted to keep it..but i remember it from my childhood and we made our first cupcakes with it! i hope she did manage to hang onto it for me…
Fantastic! I never tried Asian kitchen myself so far, mainly because I never had the courage to try it. Yet I found some recipes here I will simply have to (try to) cook. And after all, in Europe we believe that Asian kitchen is good for health, physical efforts and the rest.
We’ll see how good I’m at cooking. 😀
i hope you give it a try! a lot of asian recipes are pretty easy. 🙂 good luck!
Your foodie skills look amazing – looking forward to lots of posts 😀
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Latest: Three Layer Brownie Cheesecake
thanks! i think sometimes the camera makes the food look better than it really is. 😉
I’m completely hopeless in the kitchen, my husband cooks the most yummiest foods and is not afraid to try new things. I on the other hand can barely get recipes right little lone experiment. I’m going to follow your blog and hopefully get some tips. 🙂
if you asked my husband a few years ago, he would’ve said i was hopeless in the kitchen too. and sometimes i still am. it just takes some practice. i always pick simple and fast recipes to try. i still can’t create a dish from scratch without a recipe, but i am learning. good luck! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog to view my Pierogi post yesterday! Congrats on your anniversary – I am just getting started! Your chocolates look heavenly!
thank-you so much! i’m sure you’ll enjoy blogging as much as i do. keep it up!
Hi! I’ve been hooked on your blog since you posted those chocolates (which I still haven’t made yet…)–and I just nominated you for a Liebster Award. 🙂
thanks again for the nomination! it makes me happy to hear that you like the blog. 🙂
I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award because you give me inspiration- thank you for that!
you are too kind! i am only doing what i enjoy and it makes me happy that others like you like it too! thank-you so much for the nomination!!! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by MDPIE! I showed your post about pudding that includes avacado to my daughter and we both decided we have to try it! Thanks for posting!
i hope your daughter likes the pudding!! 🙂
Your blog inspired my to try making chocolates at home, didn’t quite workout right though they tasted great.
Thank you for that.
You have been nominated for ‘one lovely blog award’
i’m sorry to hear the chocolates didn’t work out. but thank-you so much for the award! i am so honoured! 🙂
well, they weren’t that bad http://gypsyfoods.wordpress.com/2012/05/06/recipe-17-chocolate-messes/
and you deserved the award…
Thanks for stopping by my blog – I’m looking forward to reading more of yours!
i hope you continue to like what you see. 🙂
I appreciate you looking at my blog! You have created a beautiful blog. I can’t wait to look through it:)
thank-you! hope you like what you see. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog. We have much in common when it comes to preferring our noses to be stuck in books than over the stove. But what a fantastic job you seem to be doing! You’re an inspiration. Love your blog.
thank-you so much for the kind words!! i’m trying to explore many things i didn’t get to explore when i had my nose in a book. 😉
Just wanted to let you know I love reading you blog and I have nominated you for the ‘Tell me about yourself Award’
Feel free to participate or not.
aww, thanks!! makes me so happy that others like you like my blog. 🙂
Well deserved Yvonne 🙂 I look forward to reading the 7 things about you 😉
I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award! Congrats! http://at350degrees.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/one-lovely-blog-award/
wonderful! thank-you so much! 🙂
I’ve nominated you for the Addictive Blog Award! Congrats! http://at350degrees.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/addictive-blog-award-behind-the-blog/
lovely! thank-you!! 🙂
Hi there! You have a good role model to follow, your pictures are beautiful and I want to cook everything on your blog. You have raised the bar high. Thanks! Regards, Roz
Aww…thanks for the kind words! I really enjoy putting my posts together, so it makes me happy that others like what I do. 🙂
Hi Yvonne. I have nominated your blog for a Liebster Blog Award and you can receive it with your 11 questions on my blog rcethan.wordpress.com
thank-you so much! 🙂
Thanks for commenting on my blog! Love yours; I’m your newest follower 🙂
thanks! hope you continue to like what you see! 🙂
The recipes look sooo yummy! I’m sure I’m going to pin some 🙂
thanks! i hope you do! 🙂
Thar visiting my blog! Your stuf looks great – I look forward to spending some time here!
thanks! come back often! 🙂
Your blog is beautiful. I can only dream of making something like yours! I can’t wait to see some of your creations 🙂
thank-you so much! i’m glad you like it! 🙂
It seems like science is a good starting point for cooking because your recipes look so tasty. Great blog. Keep on cooking … and blogging!
thanks! science did help me learn to follow instructions. 😉
What a beautiful blog! I can’t wait to try some of your creations!!!
thank-you so much! please let me know how it goes! 🙂
You have a beautiful blog, and I really like the concept. I’m going to enjoy following it!
thank-you! i do hope you continue to enjoy it! 🙂
I’ve nominated you for the Super Sweet Award. You can find out more details and see my comment about your blog here: http://lifethroughthekitchenwindow.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/super-sweet-blog-award/ . I enjoy your blog and was happy to tell others about it!
thank-you so much for the nomination and for sharing my blog! 🙂
Hello there, you have a very nice blog, full of variety and nice things, thank you for visiting my blog, best wishes 🙂
thank-you for the kind words! 🙂
Hello! I love your blog! In fact, I’ve enjoyed it so much that I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award: http://prettyhappyblog.com/2012/11/26/liebster-award/ Apologies if you already have over 200 followers, but I couldn’t resist! 🙂 –Allie from Pretty Happy Baking
thank-you so much! i’m honoured! 🙂
Looks like you have some incredible recipes! Can’t wait to try some. 🙂
i hope you like them! thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out my Quesadillas I made this evening! Your recipes are awesome and I look forward to checking out your new adventures with food!
I’m so happy to hear that you’ve found an appreciation for food and cooking! Isn’t it great? 🙂 like your blog! 😛
I love this, and your entire blog. The photography really is admirable. 🙂
thank-you for the kind words! 🙂
Trail’s in food, but your skills look wonderful. The images are delectable, making your created recipes even more appealing.
I would like to invite you to view Fun with Food at http://www.savorthefood.com/home .
Thanks for sharing your food skills at look for to more from Trials in Food. 🙂
thank-you for your kind words! 🙂
Thanks for visiting… it has led me to your lovely blog, which I am now following!
i’m glad you like what you see! 🙂
Thanks for your comment 🙂 I really like your blog! It all looks sooo delicious!