For starters, welcome to the site – I’m very happy – nay, honoured – that you’ve taken the time to check out my humble attempts at home cooking. This site is still in its infancy stages (just at the half-year mark as of this “About Me” update), but I’m feeling quite blessed by its moderate success so far. If you want to learn more about why I started this blog in the first place, please feel free to check out my initial offering to this site, aptly named: First Blog Post – The Culinary Challenge Begins!
If you don’t have the time right now, let me just explain the “culinary challenge” aspect of From James to Jamie: over the course of 2015, I’ve challenged myself to replicate and/or create 100+ different, new-to-me recipes, blogging about them as I go. This is why you’ll see numbered posts as you peruse the site; anything numbered is one step closer to my 100+ goal, and anything not is a recipe I’ve already acquainted myself with, but couldn’t pass up sharing with others. As you can very easily notice by reading some more recent posts and comparing them with my initial offerings, my skills as a photographer and home cook have definitely improved since starting this thing. As tempted as I am to remove my more unsightly earlier posts, I like the progression that it shows in my cooking journey.
Away from the blog itself and on to more personal details, here are a few snippets of personal information that may give you a better picture of who that charming tuxedoed man is who’s sharing such tantalizing food with the interwebs:
- My name is in fact James, not Jamie. Anybody who dares calls me Jamie has known me since before I turned 18 and officially grew into my real name. My blog’s name is an ode to Jamie Oliver a la the movie “Julie & Julia”. Mr. Oliver, unfortunately, has so far failed to acknowledge how honoured he feels in regards to this.
- I am married to an amazing woman named Mateja, and have been so for about a year now. She doesn’t mind doing the dishes nearly as much as she minds cooking, which is just one of the many ways in which I feel blessed by her.
- For two years, Mateja and I lived on Canada’s East Coast in Halifax, Nova Scotia. During that time, I microwaved more than my fair share of freezer-section dinners and never once cooked shellfish of any kind (something I’m quite ashamed of now that I’ve embraced this whole cooking thing).
- I currently live about an hour outside of Vancouver, British Columbia, in the town where I grew up. Though small, its well known for both its corn (amazing) and its smell (oftentimes terrible).
- I earned both a Math and an Education degree from the University of British Columbia, which is where I met my wife. Coincidentally, it’s also the place where my parents met.
- At the moment, I teach middle school Math, Science, and PE, though the eventual goal is to teach higher level Mathematics in a high school or community college setting.
- I own a blue hand-crank pasta maker, which I’ve nicknamed Lidia, after the mother of my favourite MasterChef judge, Joe Bastianich (I know she’s talented and famous in her own right, but I’d heard of Joe long before I was acquainted with his mother’s work)
- I love writing, and I absolutely love eating – especially when either activity involves delicious food in some capacity.
Anyways, that’s just a little bit about me and my blog. Thanks for checking it out, please remember to share anything that you find interesting (via Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest), and if you happen to make anything that I post about here, I’d love to know how it turned out!