About James

About JamesFor 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. 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 may notice numbered posts as you peruse the site; anything numbered was one step closer to my 100+ goal. While that challenge is long over and my new posts are no longer numbered, the numbers remain on the old posts for now. 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 was born in Chilliwack, British Columbia. My small hometown is well known for both its corn (amazing) and its smell (oftentimes terrible). I now reside about an hour away in Vancouver’s trendy Mount Pleasant neighbourhood.
  • 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.
  • By day, I work as a high school math teacher, though I briefly attended The University of Waterloo, where I studied Actuarial Science. One day I plan on writing a post that goes into the highs and lows of that experience, and why I went back to teaching.
  • 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!



19 thoughts on “About James

    1. Petra, I just realized that I never got around to thanking you for your nomination – it was very much appreciated. As a new blogger, the encouragement means a lot to me. Blog awards don’t fit well with the flow of my site, though, so I’ll be sure to express my encouragement towards others through comments and likes instead. 🙂 (Plus, half the blogs I would have nominated were already nominated by you!)


      1. :)no worries at all! I completely agree with you re the flow but it is always nice to be nominated and perhaps it brings a few new visitors! 🙂

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  1. Hi James! I’ve been following you on instagram for a little while but just made it to your blog. Loved reading about the concept behind it! Also as an ex-just-outside-of-Vancouverite it got me feeling a little nostalgic about that summer corn! Look forward to seeing more. Cheers.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Brittani 🙂 I saw on your site that you moved out to Manitoba for love. I did the same thing, but to Nova Scotia, and I didn’t take advantage of the local food the way you are. Totally kicking myself over it now.


  2. I love how your personality really shines through here – you seem quite friendly, approachable and hilarious. I am looking forward to exploring more of your blog but for right now I’ll stick to your FF entries!


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