Hi to everyone!
My name is Katherine and I live in the “Garden State” of New Jersey. I used to blog under the name NightOwlChef, but after a two-and-a-half-year hiatus I re-emerged as the blog peas + carrots. I used to be a single girl and aspiring writer, but I’m now a happily married part-time writer (I’m working on a novel – who isn’t? – and writing articles occasionally for Yahoo Voices). I used to write about my culinary adventures, but now I’m focused on much more of a culinary compromise. My husband, you see, is the pickiest eater I’ve ever met! I love him dearly, but his preferences have definitely changed my cooking style in the last two years. He wouldn’t go for my galangal-spiced chicken, for example, but loves my homemade breaded chicken breasts (“chicken nuggets”). My life now is all about learning what it means to be in love, be married, and cook for the love of my life – and cook for me at the same time. It’s a wonderful stage in our lives, and I want to share that and learn from others in my same boat.
I also love to write, so this blog is another outlet for me to write and someplace to share my rambling rambles about food and recipes. When I get writer’s block for my stories, I morph into my blogger alter ego and post on here. When my writer’s block goes into remission and I catch chef’s block, I morph again into my writer night owl alter ego and type away into the night. See how well this works out?!
Actually, I started this blog primarily as a way to document new recipes that I develop or try out so that I can keep track of my cooking adventures. Only after blogging for awhile did I realize how many non-recipe words I was putting in each post and how much I was enjoying that. But back to the food…. Since I am an engineer by training and only started cooking decently – and with a mind for adventure – about midway through college, this foray into cuisine is somewhat new to me. I really enjoy cooking with fresh ingredients, trying new flavors, vegetables, and spices. I’ve collected so many recipes and cookbooks in the last few years that I feel like making a dedicated attempt to constantly try new things is the only way I’ll be able to try them all! I figure this blog is a good compliment to my many cookbooks, two binders of snatched recipes, and small pile of recipe ideas/meal ideas/ingredient lists. At the same time, I’m trying to improve my basic cooking skills (namely cooking meat, at which I have a distinct weakness, culture my palette, and explore seasonal ingredients).
If you would like to contact me – to ask me a question about something I posted, to laud me for a great recipe you can’t wait to try, to berate me for cooking something diametrically opposite of how it should be cooking, or to chat about cuisine or writing – please don’t hesitate to write me an email at peasncarrotsblog (at) gmail(dot) com.
Thank you for wandering my way and getting this far – I hope you’re enjoying my blog!