Let me introduce myself

Update February 2020: I’m so amazed and excited to be able to say that as a direct result of having this blog and then creating my sourdough site, I now have my first ever book coming out in September 2020. I’m amazed, and grateful, and so very excited. Thank you to everyone who has ever commented and liked my posts, thank you for your wonderful support xx

Update January 2019: as a direct result of this blog I have now created a whole new website and a whole new world…foodbod sourdough shares everything I have learned about sourdough, hints, tips, my master recipe & process, plus lots of other recipes using sourdough starter. This blog will continue too, albeit that I might not be posting as regularly as I used too..

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 🙂

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

312 thoughts on “Let me introduce myself

  1. Dimple@shivaaydelights

    Hey Balaboosta, thank you for sharing your story with us! It’s very touching and your right we must live life to the max!
    I’m loving the recipes you’ve written so far and can’t wait to read more! Welcome to the world of food blogging! 🙂
    D x

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  2. bandhnabajaj

    Just came across your blog! It’s fantastic to do what matters most to you! I also lead a flexible life and like it as I have time with my family. Look forward to all the foodddd. xx B

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    1. foodbod Post author

      Hi, thank you so much for reading my blog and for your kind words ☺️ I feel so lucky to lead the life I do and I’m loving sharing recipes and ideas and meeting lovely, like minded bloggers xx

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  3. celestedimilla

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I just turned 47, and I can’t imagine losing my best friend to cancer. That must have been so very hard.

    On a lighter note, I’m delighted that I found your blog! Celeste 🙂

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    1. foodbod Post author

      Hi Celeste, thank you for your kind words, it is still heartbreaking and I miss her every day. I think she would like my blog though, I just wish I had got to cook her all of these things!
      I’m glad you like my blog, I’m really enjoying sharing recipes and food tips. I like yours too 😀
      Have a great day, Elaine 🌸

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  4. Namrata

    Hi. What a lovely introduction. Balaboosta sounds sweet. 🙂 I know what you mean by getting paranoid where food is concerned, its a fight that we fight daily – to put the right into our mouths. Looking forward to healthy wonderful recipes from your side! -Namrata

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    1. foodbod Post author

      Thank you so much, Namrata 😊 I’m loving sharing my food and being part of this lovely community 🌸 I look forward to reading more of your recipes too,

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  5. ohlidia

    I too am a Balaboosta, or I was. My daughters are both in school now and I am still here! Thanks for your visit, it has led me to your lovely blog! I can’t wait to spend time perusing through your recipes.

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  7. Kouzounas Kitchen

    Hi,
    Very sorry to hear about your friend who passed at a very young age. I too lost family members at a young age, and I dedicate my food blog to my grandmother who passed, and was a great chef. I really enjoy your blog, and nice meeting you on WordPress. 🙂

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    1. foodbod Post author

      Thank you, nice meeting you too 😊 isn’t this cool, you’re there, I’m here, we dedicate our blogs to the ones we’ve loved and lost and we’re sharing our food and experiences! I think it’s amazing 👍

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      1. foodbod Post author

        Me too! I love it, it’s a whole new wonderful world 🌷 I’m so glad I finally started a food blog, I’ve thought about it for so long..!

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      1. doncharisma

        You are welcome 🙂 I enjoyed looking at your creations, I am almost vegetarian so cooking things inspire me … and very glad that you’re being a good mum, good mums make the world go round:) warm regards DC

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  8. theseasonedtraveler

    Very poignant story. Thanks for sharing and for starting your lovely blog, where love, family & food intersect so beautifully. One of the motivations for starting my blog was hearing of the death of an old friend I had lost touch with. It’s nothing close to the experience of losing your best friend as you did; and yet, the news of his death hit home to me how important it is to live fully, show love completely, and create something lasting & beautiful. So nice to meet you, Elaine, and I look forward to more discussion & inspiration here. -Laura

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    1. foodbod Post author

      Thank you so much for your lovely words Laura, every word so true. I just can’t, couldn’t, go through such a loss without making a change to my life. I know it’s full of cliches, but losing someone does make you look at your priorities and I felt that if I didn’t do something, make some change, in her name and in her memory, losing her became meaningless. How could life continue on the same as ever when it wasn’t the same any more? So I completely understand your reaction to the loss of your friend.
      Lovely to meet you too, and, as you say, here’s to future sharing and inspiring one another ☺️

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  9. stacilys

    Hello. Just found your blog today and decided I’ve got to follow you. I loooooovvvve Lebanese food (and food in general). I’ve also eaten Afghan food (was there in 2006-actually, my son was “Made-in-Afghanistan”-hehehe). I love that fact that you stay at home with your kids and want to take good care of your family. I too, am home with my two kiddies and think very much like you in this area. Looking forward to receiving your recipes. Blessings =)
    Staci

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    1. foodbod Post author

      Hi Staci, thank you so much for finding my blog and for your lovely comment ☺️ I hope you like my recipes and bits and pieces.
      I shall now be popping over to check out your blog too 😊

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    1. foodbod Post author

      Hi Sylvia, thank you so very much, that’s so kind of you ☺️☺️ I love your blog and I look forward to reading even more of it!
      Have a great day, Elaine x

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  17. polianthus

    Hi Foodbod – touching story and beautiful photograph of your friend who looks so full of joy and life, sad – thanks for visiting my blog and looking through some of the posts, always lovely to have visitors! All the best Polianthus

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  18. mmmarzipan

    Wonderful intro and touching story. Bless your friend and those precious boys. Love your blog and your motivation for writing it. Your recipes look fab and no doubt your family are very happy to enjoy your creations :D! All the best x

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  20. tinywhitecottage

    So nice of you to stop by this morning and lead me here to your wonderful blog. I’m happy to have found you and look forward to reading more of your lovely posts. I’m really looking forward to trying some of your Lebanese recipes. And I agree, blogging is such a wonderful community! Happy New Year!

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  21. kellie@foodtoglow

    This page is one of the most genuine I have read in quite awhile. As you know I work with cancer patients, and I am always amazed at the strength and courage so many people have. It is a privilege to work so closely with people in a professional capacity, but even more of a privilege to be there emotionally and practically for a close friend. All best wishes in nurturing your lovely children and family. I bet you hug them tight every night. Have a wonderful 2014, Elaine (ps Lebanese food is awesome! I lived briefly in Beirut)

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    1. foodbod Post author

      Hi Kellie, thank you so much for your lovely message. I had never experienced cancer first hand before and watching Caroline suffer and deteriorate was so heartbreaking, it’s making me cry just remembering, but she was amazing, she was the one that stayed positive for US. What you are doing is amazing and people are so lucky to have people like you to help them. Thank you so much for your kind words and thoughts xx

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  25. annetbell

    Hey girl, We just watched the three episodes of the Bletchley Group. Have you seen it? Is is still on TV there? I love the clothes and the crazy hair especially of Susan!

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    1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

      Hiya, it’s on here at the moment on the second series..are you on the first or second? It’s great isn’t it? The styling and everything. Bletchley Park, where they did the code breaking, is a beautiful big old property and literally just down the road from where I live!

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      1. annetbell

        We saw the miniseries that came out to see if it was going to please the public. I guess that is season one. 4 episodes, I think. Glad there will be more. Then we saw one episode of Mid-Summer Murders! What a motley crew of characters! Consummate cast of variety….even incest but all done with a gentle touch and understated humor! Husband just got Net Flex and all this is available.
        In India, a country of 1.2 billion souls who all love the escape of cinema, releases the American films a few days before release in America! we found that out with Iron Man. I checked with my friend in Indian cinema and he concurred! Wild and a great movie maker for everybody!

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      2. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

        Midsomer Murders is a favourite in this house! It’s amazing how many murders can occur in such a small area!!
        We’ve often seen films on the plane from Abu Dhabi back to the London that are only just on cinema release in the UK!

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      3. annetbell

        I guess that is how the film companies make such an astounding amount of money! we are loving Downton Abbey….last week, poor Anna was raped! 9 PM on Sunday is the primest of prime time TV in the US and that is D A’s time slot. But there are all sorts of On Demand shows to watch things you missed. D A always wins that time in our house!

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      4. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

        That is such a harrowing story line, there was a lot of debate here about whether the writer had gone too far with that one.
        That’s amazing that it’s prime time over there too, what a success!

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      5. annetbell

        Now I need to know if the Queen is ill and turning over the crown to Charles? I really am not pro-royalty, though I like them as people. She has done a good life’s work,. . . .

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      6. annetbell

        I just read that from a blogger and as much as Americans say they don’t like the royals, stories about them are always on the trashy newspapers at check-out in the food markets! Have you been to the US, I can’t remember?

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      7. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

        Great..however, I was there with the WRONG partner, my ex, and it wasn’t as enjoyable as it could have been, he spent the whole time being scared of the flight home! (He was scared of flaying but desperate to be a high flier, in every way!!!)

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      8. annetbell

        Thanks for the heads-up. I am rushing around now to get to an appointment, but I will read it later…..promise. Good for you for taking the challenge. Don is a doll!

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  28. indusinternationalkitchen

    Nice to meet you and to know you. Like the word ‘balaboosta’ 🙂 Looking forward to reading your recipes! I have also started blogging quite recently blogging about Kerala (south indian traditional recipes) and other foods and lovin’ it so far! 🙂

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  30. disappearingwoman

    Hi Elaine, I’m so happy that you showed up in my reader through a reblog. I’m really enjoying checking out your posts. I’ve recently started an 18 week weight loss program through my doctor, and I’m looking forward to exploring your recipes. It’s always nice to try something different. Have a nice evening! 🙂

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    1. Elaine @ foodbod Post author

      Hi, thank you so much for visiting :)) good luck with your program, if I can assist in any way please do get back in touch. I hope you enjoy some of the recipes :)) have a great day x

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