As I sit here reflecting this Canada Day weekend about my personal brand and what makes me stand out, all I can think of is food. Yes, I’m hungry all the time (who isn’t!? haha!) but I think for me, food brings out my passionate side with its endless possibilities and ability to bring people together. Food is a way to express love for ourselves and for those we share it with – whether we cook it ourselves or are served at a restaurant. You are what you eat and a big part of being healthy, so quality is very important to me.
My mother always taught us to help her in the kitchen and for that I’m very grateful. From a young age I loved helping by stirring the batter for homemade pancakes or even peeling carrots for a big roast dinner. She passed at a young age after years living with lupus and I took over cooking for the family; becoming a sort-of stand-in mother figure for my younger brother. Friends and family often praised my strength to step in and care for my family during that time, but to me it was the only natural path to follow. I didn’t know how much this had influenced my brother, until he graduated as a culinary chef from the Cordon Blue Cooking School last year and told me he had used me as inspiration for his entrance essay.
As humans, our resiliency and strengths are tested almost daily, but it’s up to us to decide how to react to these ups and downs and let them affect our lives. Sure, I may be an oversensitive idealist who lives in the clouds some of the time, but I truly believe that we are capable of anything if we work for it with a positive attitude, fill our bodies with good food and surround ourselves with supportive people.
I hope everyone spends time this weekend with those they love, sharing great food and celebrating Canada!
What are some of your favourite Canadian dishes?