Featured Food Blog: Culinary Adventures in the Kitchen

Name: Alison
Blog: Culinary Adventures in the Kitchen
Twitter: @CulinaryAdvs
Location: Montreal, Quebec

Describe your culinary style.
I am health-conscious pescetarian. Although I would very-happily live exclusively in my wee vegetarian bubble, I am married to a carnivore. So, rather than rigidly living on our respective ends of the culinary-spectrum, we occasionally try to meet up somewhere in the middle; usually in the form of seafood. Although I don’t cook much fish myself, it has been known to infiltrate my otherwise-vegetarian-lifestyle from time to time. You know, gotta keep the peace! In my day-to-day life, I am forever finding ways to adapt recipes to make them more healthful while maintaining (or enhancing!) deliciousness. Believing that variety really is the spice of life, I find myself ever-scouring the world for exciting recipe ideas that will land me in the kitchen, inspired and ready to healthify. I firmly believe that loving to eat and being healthy don’t have to be mutually exclusive notions.

For someone new to your blog, which recipe do you recommend they try first?
Ouf. We could be here all day! Ok, here we go: I have selected what I believe to be the best from the different categories in my recipe index.
Appetizer: Cinnamon-Roasted Almonds
Soup: Curried Veggie Soup
Salad: Mexican Bean Salad (aka my favourite salad ever) 
Breakfast/Brunch: Vegan Bacon (omg!) 
Entree: Vegan Veggie Burgers 
Dessert: Individual Chocolate-Coffee Zucchini Cakes 
Cookies: Chocolate-Cherry Kiss Cookies 
Muffins & Quickbreads: Banana Kefir Muffins 

What is the main source of inspiration for your recipes?
I tend to find culinary-inspiration in every facet of my life. Whether the inspiration comes while listening to the radio in the car on my way to work and hearing a food-related advertisement, talking to family and/or friends, or walking through the grocery store aisles and passing a particular item, the food-loving hamster in my mind’s eye immediately hops on his wheel and we, simultaneously, get to work. I also spend most of my “down-time” seeking inspiration for my next food exploit; my TV seems to be permanently tuned to the cooking channel, I love flipping through the pages of cookbooks (especially old ones with broken spines and oil stains from overuse), and when on the internet, I am constantly scanning food-related pages. I love being in my kitchen; a place to dream, to concoct, and to experiment.

If you could have one food while stranded on a desert island, what would it be? 
Only one food?? Goodness gracious; how very limiting. Although there are several undeniably-deserving candidates, I’m going to go with the first thing that popped into my head. Be warned, it’s pretty fundamental. With that said, I don’t think that I could live without popcorn. Yes, yes, I know. Of all of the delightful and sinfully-delicious dishes available to me, I choose popcorn. But not the horrid microwave version (note: I don’t even own a microwave), it has to be homestyle, pot-on-the-stove-popped, popcorn. And topped with pink Himalayan sea salt, black pepper, curry powder, and nutritional yeast. Fancy. Now that I could thrive on.

What is your ultimate guilty food pleasure? 
Without a doubt, my ultimate guilty pleasure is all-you-can-eat sushi. Forget the commonplace platter of 8-10 pieces of maki. I’m talking about 30-40 pieces of mixed-maki-joy. Some rolls oozing with mayonnaise, some deep-fried rolls,…all-you-can-eat sushi is where quality meets quantity meets happiness. And, whence finished, I roll my maki-stuffed-self out of the restaurant and into the car. Guilty. Pleasure.

Define Yummly.
To me, yummly refers to all-things-delicious. Often times what might be yummly to one, mightn’t be yummly to the next. Good thing some of us have wide-yummly-scopes! Seeing a new recipe, cooking up a new dish, or biting into something that hits me on an emotional-‘omg’-level, is the quintessential yummly experience.