About me

I am Raquel, a mom, wife, dog lover, yoga enthusiast and manager of our home. I love cooking healthy, from scratch and, most of all, I love being creative. That seemed to be more available to me when I earned a living as a dance teacher and choreographer back in the day. It turns out though that creativity is in just about everywhere and everything, so I must say I am a happy creative thing in my kitchen!
I grew up in Brazil with a Japanese dad and a German mom – talking about an early start on embracing multi culturalism! For many years Canada is my home.

My goal in the kitchen is to cook healthy, enhancing flavors, which is easier to say than do.

Eating for me is a feast for the senses, a pleasure that should be enhanced. Cooking, a magic ritual of sharing our basic need to be fed and feed in a exercise of love. I am very, very aware of the healthy aspect of cooking since my husband is diabetic which makes my quest even more important. However, we don’t take it in a negative way but as an opportunity for all of us in the family to eat better.

All recipes in my blog are the ones I use all the time, tested and re tested over the years, so I can use the blog as my recipe book. It makes me very happy to see my daughter is doing the same in her daily cooking, using the blog and keeping the tradition on the family favourite dishes!

Welcome to my cook book!




39 Comments Add yours

  1. becca3416 says:

    Glad we crossed paths :). Want to get together and choreograph a dance for old time’s sake? Just kidding, I don’t want to hurt myself trying to do quadruple pirouettes like I used to.

    1. yeah I am paying the price with old dance injuries these days… I go slow with yoga flow… getting some attention with balance positions and stuff.
      oh wow quadruple pirouettes, the pleasure of having achieved that… will stay forever in your soul!

  2. Fitwellmom says:

    Glad to have come across your blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice to meet you and I look forward to enjoying your posts; they look yummy!

    1. thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. likeitiz says:

    Hey, thanks for dropping by my blog. You must be one good looking gal! Japanese-German who grew up in Brazil? One day, I’d love to chat with you about how you put the east, west and south all together in the person of you! Now, you live in Canada! We used to live there. Toronto to be exact. For 13 or so years. Had our daughter there. Still love Canada. But, can’t beat the weather in San Francisco. See you around!

    1. Hi, so nice to know you’ve lived in TO, not far from us. Yes, can’t beat the weather in California, so jealous, so tired of cold and snow this winter…

  4. Becky says:

    I’ve enjoyed browsing your blog, and look forward to trying some of those delicious looking recipes soon!
    Have a wonderful day, and thanks again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Sounds like this blog is off to a good start. I look forward to many new and interesting recipes.
    A plesure to make your acquaintence.

  6. Madhu says:

    I appreciate your visit and comment at my blog earlier. Look forward to browsing through your posts ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I have nominated you for the Liebster Blogger Award
    Good Luck! (see my post for example if needed,directions bellow:)

    There are Three Rules of 11’s’ to observe for this award and they are:
    1. Answer the 11 questions posed by the nominator and ask 11 new questions for the bloggers you nominate.
    2. Share 11 random items about yourself.
    3. Nominate 11 bloggers in return (with 200 followers or less*).

    My 11 Questions for you:
    1. Who is the one person that influenced your life the most?
    2. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
    3. What is most important in your life?
    4. What makes you laugh?
    5. Where do you like to write, do you have a special place?
    6. How do you motivate yourself?
    7. What are your 3 favorite books?
    8. What kind of music do you like and do you listen to music when you write?
    9. Do you have other creative outlets that you do?
    10. What is your favorite thing to do other than writing?
    11. What is your favorite book?

    1. Thank you so much for the nomination!It is my first time and I was a bit confused about it! It is such a nice surprise and it means a lot for me! Since I am reasonably new to the blogging world it might take me some time to get my nominations, but it is really a fun thing to do and I am starting right now!

  8. cyril says:

    Hello Raquel You have a very nice blog here. I love your collections! Keep spreading the joy and beauty to the world, my friend. Keep writing and Enjoy
    Thanks Cyril

  9. Ah you are so right, creativity is in everything! Thank you for being part of how I walk creatively in the world and for you comment on my blog Simplicity of Being, “future tense”. Will dive into your recipes now ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. You’re welcome!

  10. Besa says:

    Thank you for checking out my blog and liking my post. Looking forward to browsing through your posts.

  11. Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog! Have you created recipes for lactose intolerants? ๐Ÿ™‚ I LOVE the look of the smoothy recipe and will try it with soy yogurt…

    1. No, I haven’t posted lactose intolerant recipes per se yet. But I do cook a lot for one of my clients who needs it. Thanks for the idea, I will post it!

  12. amoyer2013 says:

    Great recipes, photos, and details!

  13. Thanks!

  14. Thanks for visit my site. Nice site you have too…cheers!.

    1. Thanks!

  15. Hi and thanks so much for stopping by and liking my posts! It’s really nice to meet you and I look forward to reading more of your wonderful blog! I’ll be following… ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. stephglaser says:

    Raquel, these recipes sound and look fantastic. Thanks for sharing and thank you for stopping by and following Travel Oops! Cheers โ€”ย Steph

  17. What a delicious blog you have here. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll spare you all the “like” notifications and let you know I really like your flavors and recipes. Lovely blog.

    1. Thanks! You made my day!

  18. jesskho says:

    I think your blog is cool for a foodie like me so I have nominated you for ‘One Lovely Blog Award’ so please check it out.

  19. bakeaffairs says:

    Hi Raquel, you have a wonderful, colorful and very inspiring blog and I’m looking forward to your next post. Bridget

    1. Thanks, you made my day!

  20. I really appreicate the mission of your blog. I look forward to your future posts! Thanks for checking out my recipes, too!

  21. Hi…You have a lovely space here…Will go through some recipes at leisure and try some too..

    1. Thanks for stopping by!

  22. Colleen says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and liking my post! As a new blogger I appreciate it so much. I love the look of your blog and will definitely be back!

    1. You’re very welcome. Loved your blog, you are so talented!

  23. ohiocook says:

    Thank you for dropping by my blog and the “Like” of my post.

    1. you’re welcome!

  24. Liz says:

    love your blog title! Many thanks for stopping by food for fun for other people’s recipes. Glad to have met you ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Alia says:

      Hi there – I’m a writer working on an article. I’d like to feature this recipe, but I can’t find your email anywhere on the site. Can you please contact me as soon as possible? Thanks!

  25. Alia says:

    Hi! I wrote back to the qboyes email already. Let me know if it doesn’t come through.

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