Hi everyone, and thanks for stopping by! My name is Michaela and I was born in Romania. My husband and I moved to Chicago in 2010, having previously spent 6 years in the UK. Anyone who’s gone through this process knows that cultural transition is not easy especially when you hardly know anyone at your destination. You must find a way to make your transition as smooth as possible – something to remind you of the past and also to energize you for the future. For me, that “something” has been food.
Upon moving to the US from Britain, we swapped the idyllic British countryside for the noise and effervescence of a busy city like Chicago. Food-wise, we swapped fish&chips and the spicy chicken tikka masala for the almighty juicy burger and decadent burritos. We also swapped shopping at the supermarket for shopping at “fresh markets,” where fruits and vegetables are displayed in a variety of fascinating ways. Cooking with local ingredients has helped me and my husband with the transition to this country. Cooking has kept us busy, eager to learn more, and constantly amazed.
This is a blog about the diverse cooking experiences in our household, and about cooking as a means to connect with the realities of a new country and its culture. I have so much to learn and to discover, and I’m blessed to live in one of world’s most beautiful cities, Chicago!