I come from a very large family, I am the oldest female of 10 siblings to be exact and the 3rd oldest which meant that I had 7 younger brothers and sisters to help look after. My father is Italian and My mother is Peruvian, and their passion was to travel the world and along with them we all went. Just to name a few of the places I was lucky enough to see as a young girl was Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, India and of course Italy was home. I learned how to eat a vast variety of food and fell in love with everyone of them.
My name is Cristina and being born in such a large family I started helping my mother at a very young age, anywhere from taking care of my siblings, to cleaning, to ironing and cooking.
Cooking. Now here is where I found true satisfaction. I was able to learn all types of cuisine, and concoct with what ingredients I had in the house. It always seemed that I could invent something and then that would become my signature dish, or to be made again by request of everyone, it made me happy and I knew from this moment that I would always find true joy and happiness in the kitchen.
My oldest brother had moved to the United States and I went to visit him when I was 19, here is where I would meet my husband Terry and got married a year later. This is where it all came to life, not only was I a food lover but I was also starting to become a women and I did not want to get complacent I wanted to be a beautiful wife that cooked delicious food but also stayed in excellent shape. I refused to be otherwise. So I made my husband fall in love with all the healthy foods I ate and I learned how to be able to indulge in all the foods he loved, I told myself that I wanted to enjoy all the foods in life with my husband, I just managed to stay in great shape all along and not through extreme dieting or exercise but through balance.
You know what I mean, you have someone to cook for every day, you start hosting dinner parties, you start going to dinner parties, events, friends, vacation, etc…. and you know that you are going to be eating more than you had planned or you don’t really know what is on the menu but you are going to partake in all deliciousness, besides what fun is there if you don’t eat; as a food lover it’s hard to not eat especially when in company.
People are always surprised at the fact that I eat so much. They enjoy the food I cook and they want to replicate the recipes. I did not go to culinary school, I am no chef or professional in the kitchen. But I have an obsession more of a passion with inventing, experimenting, tasting, reinventing, and cooking food. I figured that it’s no secret to the variety of dishes one can create in the kitchen and why keep them all to myself, I want to share it with you and hope that you too can cook a delicious meal at home for yourself, your husband, your boyfriend, your friends and family. Food brings people together and is a great part of our social and private life, it warms the heart and the house.Please enjoy and remember that cooking is fun and anyone can do it. If I can you can too!!!
P.S. My husband and I moved to Italy and things are going great, it’s nice to be able to explore my homeland with him, we are so passionate about food, wine, and life that I am having a blast being able to show him were I come from, I hope I can show you some of the local food and recipes also.