I started cooking to broaden my horizon
growing up in Germany, at about 17 or 18 I got bored with the food that was served at home (sorry mom!) and fed up with fast food (sorry McDonalds! well, not really). I was living in a small little town and wanted to broaden my horizon with dishes I would otherwise probably not experience.
One of the very first dishes I made was a (in hindsight terrible) chili con carne for my friends. They were amazed about the food, and I was amazed how happy you can make people with simple but hearty and comforting food.
During my study in the Netherlands I lived with roommates for about 6 years. All of them were also more than grateful for my cooking. If you’d ask them what my specialty is, they’ll probably not name any of the fancy dishes I made but call for my hamburgers right away!
“There is nothing better than happy people on your couch with a plate on their lap”
While I studied communication, psychology and marketing, food always remained my passion. This was also the reason why I wrote my masters paper about food and the anxiety of people to taste unknown things. (Dutch article from the campus newspaper).
Luckily I was fortunate enough to get a lot of help from friends and fellow students. My way of thanking them was a big feast with tapas and sushi for about 20 people. Although this was really a lot of work, treating others with food is incredibly rewarding. Having people over for dinner and seeing them enjoy your food is simply awesome. There is just nothing better than happy people on your couch with a plate on their lap.
This site is my way of sharing my favorite recipes with the world. Though the ultimate goal is to publish a cookbook and improve my own skills in the progress, I’d also like to inspire. I want to inspire you and others to make great recipes at home and sharing them with your loved ones.