Let me introduce myself

Update January 2016: I wrote the introduction below when I first started my blog in October 2013; everything that I wrote still stands, and I am now cooking more than ever, I appear to have discovered a fearlessness in the kitchen that I never knew I had and I love it! I love playing and creating, and sharing it all with my lovely blog family and readers. The most amazing thing about having this blog, and so completely unexpected, is that I have met a whole new world of wonderful people, made some truly special friends and learnt endless things, and cooked many many new dishes from many different parts of the world, all from starting this blog.

I have now definitely found a really strong path for my food and recipes, so you will find a huge collection of vegetable based recipes, lots to satisfy vegetarian and vegan diets, lots of ideas for side dishes or light lunches, plus lots of healthy dishes, lots of gluten free options, sugar free options and dairy free options. You will also find lots of Eastern influences, lots of great spices, lots of focus on flavour and goodness. 

I hope you like it ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Original intro: I was introduced to the word ‘balaboosta’ recently, which means ‘the perfect housewife’ in Yiddish, someone who loves to feed and nurture her family. So, I’ve decided, that when people ask me what I do, that will be my answer, rather than saying I’m at home full time or that I’m a Mum, as some people seem to struggle with how to respond to that answer! I am a balaboosta and proud of it.

In April 2012 my beautiful best friend died of a vicious, rare cancer, aged only 43 and leaving four year old twin boys without their Mum. It was the most heart breaking experience of my entire life and lead me to look at my priorities.

All Caroline ever wanted to be was a Mum and I decided that I would do what she now couldn’t, and concentrate solely on my family. I’m so lucky that it works for my family, I know not everyone is as lucky.

So, as of the start of 2013, I am a full time Mum and wife and I am so lucky that I am able to spend lots of time cooking and baking and creating and trying out new foods and recipes and my son and husband are loving it!

I had always been interested in cooking but in previous years, hadn’t had the time or inclination to get truly involved with making everything from scratch and spending hours in the kitchen – when my son was a baby I used to make everything from scratch for him but then life got busy with work and being a Mum and things changed – but now I did have time and lots of inclination, so I started reading recipes and stocking up on ingredients and haven’t stopped cooking since!

I used to live in the Middle East and have always said that my favourite food was Lebanese food and that my last meal would be a Lebanese mezze, and now realising that any day could be your last day, why not eat Lebanese food everyday?? So that’s where I started perfecting my own homous and baba ganoush and shish taouk for my boys, all the things we love to eat every time we visit the UAE.

And I haven’t just stuck to Lebanese dishes, although they are probably may favourite collection of flavours, I cook a lot of other Middle Eastern dishes, as well as Indian, Mexican, Spanish, Italian and lots of others.

I am vegetarian and I prefer healthy choices, enjoying food full of goodness and fresh ingredients; I like to eat foods that I know are doing me good and looking after my body and mind, so my blog includes a variety of recipes, including vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, sugar free, gluten free, fat free, super healthy, happy food; I also cook non vegetarian, more typical dishes for my family, so will be posting a quite mix of recipes on here!

I hope you enjoy my blog 
Elaine x

Email: foodbodATicloudDOTcom

309 thoughts on “Let me introduce myself

  1. Ah So Yummy

    So sorry about your friend, that was so sad!!! I found your blog through another blog which is how I find most blogs I enjoy reading these days. I am looking forward to exploring your recipes especially the Lebanese ones :).

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  2. Valeria

    Such inspired blog and so many middle eastern recipes that I love!! Tomorrow I’m going to get some fresh vegetables and I have to try one of your goods!
    Cheers from Italy….(sorry for mistakes)
    Valeria

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  3. weebluemixer

    So sorry to hear about your friend. When we lose someone so young and before their time it has such an impact on our life’s and makes us rethink our priorities and our dreams. I love the word Balaboosta , what a great way to describe yourself. Its brilliant that you are still loving cooking. I look forward to reading your posts and trying out some of your recipes.

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      1. Hanady

        Thank you for your kind words! The produce here is the freshest I have ever had. It add so much character to everything! I’m just getting started!

        And yes, it is quite saddening. But my mission is to focus on all of the beauty that overshadows the darkness. I am optimistic that there will be a brighter future. Xo

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  4. Nadia

    Beautiful story. We must live our lives to the fullest everyday and follow our passions. My best friend died 6 years ago at 45 of pancreatic cancer, so I understand what you went through completely.

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  5. annetbell

    Question, my friend. Do the restaurants there do Dash and Dine? I use an Italian restaurant one night a week. On Tuesday – Thursday, they have a dinner, one entree. . . last night it was seafood marinara , salad and Italian bread and herb butter for two people $16, 4 servings $ 24 , and 6 servings for $30? Cheaper , healthier and tastier than MacDonald ! Pick-up is between 3:30 – 6:00. Great on the way home. Here is the restaurant. . . Paulo Lombardi

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  6. Mastering Persian Cooking

    I visited your blog some time ago but never had a chance to really explore your site. I was real saddened by your loss and I know how that felt as I have gone through it enough times to know the pain. I too am a vegetarian, well now vegan due to egg and dairy allergies, but I cook non-vegetarian food for my family. I see you have a lot of great recipes that I can learn from. I also avoid sugar and gluten so that means I will be spending a lot of time exploring your site. Thanks for all the wonderful comments you made on my blog. You have an amazing site and I cannot wait to learn from you :).

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    1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

      Thank you so much for all of your kind and lovely words xx I hope you do find lots that you like, and I shall also be searching you blog too! I look forward to chatting more xx

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  7. Mastering Persian Cooking

    I checked your categories Elaine and you have all your recipes neatly organized by category. Personally I like indexes because they make the search so much easier especially if you’re in a hurry to find something quickly. It is a lot of work to manually create and maintain an index I should know. There must be plugins for it but since your site is hosted by WordPress.com, you wouldn’t be able to install any plugins. The categorized image galleries that link to the recipes are easy to navigate also. My site was intended for sharing recipes only because I am not much of a blogger, but you have very interesting stories to share and that alone gets us hooked :). I think you have done well without an index but it’s up to you.

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    1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

      Thank you for the feedback. I have had an index for the past couple of years but as I’ve tried to keep it up to date, the page has gone all weird and it ended up looking a real mess ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      I need to decided if I’ve got serval days to try again!!

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  8. chef mimi

    I remember that you lived in the Middle East, but for some reason I keep thinking you’re in the US! Lucky you, living in England. I fell in love with the country when my daughter spent four years in London.

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