The Way to Your Heart: Food!

It will be no surprise to anyone who’s followed me for any length of time that food, in particular, is one of my delights and passions.

My entries for “The Way to Your Heart” Blog Hop continue with today’s topic: food!

Tip – don’t forget to check out Less Than Three Press‘s entry, because they have some smashing things to give away!

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I love to cook, to eat, and to watch many shows about cooking! I’m always looking for new recipes to try, from the Living section of the newspaper to the blogs that I frequent, or even recipes reblogged on Tumblr.

Today, I ate a clam and asparagus risotto that I made for lunch, and watched Top Chef season 9 while finishing up edits on The Competitive Edge. After work, I made a beef ribeye roast with a merlot-mushroom reduction sauce, broccoli, and oven-roasted potatoes for dinner (and watched more Top Chef).

And tomorrow, we’re going to La Capitale for lunch before I get quite the haircut.

Food was a big part of my life growing up, and it’s become even bigger now that I’m an adult. Sometimes I wonder, if things had been a little different, whether I might have become a chef! I think I have a lot of the qualities that I see in those competitive chefs that I so admire.

My relationship with food has … not exactly changed, but shifted a lot since I joined up with Weight Watchers four years ago. I like to think I’ve entered a permanently healthier relationship with food, and it’s definitely paid off – I’ve lost 55 pounds and counting. I’m still as actively interested in finding new recipes and cooking delicious food. Now, though, it’s important to find a balance within the quantity of food I’m eating in any given day, and making sure to abide by good health guidelines.

The purpose of this entry isn’t to proselytize for any lifestyle or eating habit changes – I’m also a big believer that you have to want to make a change, and be individually responsible for it yourself. Sharing this background is more meant to express how important the shift in my relationship to food has been for me personally.

To sum it up, food is definitely and incontrovertibly one of the ways to my heart!


To celebrate my love for food, I’m offering an ebook copy of my book, A Cut Above the Rest, or your choice of a book from my back catalogue if you already have that, in the format of your choice – html, pdf, mobi, or epub.

And to sign up, all you have to do this time is comment! With a valid email address, please, so that I can contact you. And let me know what you thought about the entry, if you would! Giveaway closes next Friday, April 12th. Good luck, and may your meals be ever tasty and piping hot!


  1. Those dishes sound so good, but I have very little skill in the kitchen (foodstuffs tend to get very crispy and not turn out tasting right even if I follow directions and someone holds my hand). So anyone who cooks for me has a major spot in my heart. Yay food!

    fantasychica5 @ yahoo dot com

  2. There’s nothing quite like food! My favorite thing to do is bake. I have an excellent double chocolate brownie recipe that makes people drool. I make pies with the fruit from our garden too. Whenever there’s a dinner party hosted at my house, I’m put in charge of the desserts.

    Every single person I’ve ever met who has used Weight Watchers seriously has lost a lot of weight. Congrats on such a big accomplishment! The one thing you’ll want to watch out for is how easy it is to slide back into old habits once you stop using the WW program. The missing incentive of the weigh-in every week can be dangerous. Good luck!

  3. Yay for the weight loss! I’ve seen snatches of your progress on LJ & it’s inspiring! I became more conscious about the food I eat when I enrolled in an online course in Coursera called Nutrition for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention.

    I’m not adventurous in cooking, but I am in eating. ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite shows are MasterChef (I think the Australian “versions” (including Junior MC) are the best) and Hell’s Kitchen (I like the Big Brother-esque aspect).

    freifallen at yahoo dot com

  4. I really love cooking, especially baking (and I’ve been on an ice cream-making kick lately). I’ve been known to read cookbooks cover-to-cover as if they were novels. I’m not that crazy about most competitive cooking shows anymore (except maybe the old-school Japanese IRON CHEF), but I do love watching Jacques Pepin (such a gentleman!), Eric Ripert (love him!), and Nadia G (love her sassiness, and the recipes are great). Congratulations on your weight loss accomplishment–I know it’s such a hard balance to strike, but WW is a really sensible and good program. Fun post!


  5. I was really curious when I read your teaser excerpt, the novel sounds so lovely! And food is always a plus! I eat anything so whenever I watch the cooking shows I’m like, “hmmmm lamb eye? I wonder how that would taste…. *drools*”

    Congratulations on your weight loss, I’m glad you didn’t have to cut out yummy foods!

  6. WOW! 55 pounds! That’s awesome! I need to do that LOL
    Love cooking, but I love baking more. Which isn’t very good for the silhouette unfortunately T_T That’s why the most recent time I baked something was on my dad’s birthday this February. I try to bake only on special occasions so we don’t get addicted to sweets.
    My favorite things to bake are brownies with chocolate sauce on top, fruitcakes, cheesecakes and anything with chocolate in it. And speaking of chocolate, I love to make truffles. To die for *_* Ah, geez, now I’m craving some sweets.

  7. We loves our foods, don’t we, preciouses? And again Tay, I’m extending my invitation to you to come here to Malaysia for noms and I will personally be your food guide ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Your descriptions of the risotto and roast were so delicious sounding. I love food related shows. Alas, my DISH satellite subscription does not cover the channel with Top Chef.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

  9. I am not a cook, at all. I wish I was sometimes because of the passion which people, like you, show for it. I’m also sad to say that I have a very uneducated palate. I don’t try new things very easily, and I like to stick to things I know. Luckily I married someone who is adventurous and does get me out of my rut. I’m still never going to be a master chef, or be able to identify just what spices went into my dish, but I do try more than I used to, both in cooking and eating.

    Congratulations on the changes you’ve made to be healthier. So wonderful!

    Thank you for the insights and the giveaway.

  10. I also adore food, so reading the way you describe everything in Appetite was an absolute treat. Congrats on your weight loss, it’s impressive and I admire your discipline! Thanks for the giveaway =)

  11. The enjoyment of food has always been ingrained in my upbringing, but it’s not hard considering eating could be considered one of the major past-times of my country (in addition to shopping and complaining).

    On the flip side, dining out is so cheap in Singapore that my family doesn’t invest much interest (or patience, for that matter) into the kitchen. I envy the joy that people like you obviously do from spending time and effort into creating a wonderful dish- one of my roommates is like that, and I’d always be eagerly perched outside the kitchen anticipating new mouth-watering dishes whenever she tries out a new recipe. XD


  12. Wow it sounds like it would be delicious to stay with you for a day. I’m honestly very bad about feeding myself, haha. I’d say the recipe that I’m most proud of is passed down from my father. I make a really mean linguine and shrimp with homemade sauce. It’s an easy recipe and it’s super delicious which make it one of my favorites.

  13. I think I’m a teeny bit late but I’ll comment anyway just in case I can scrape in ๐Ÿ™‚

    Congrats on all that incredible weight loss! Amazing!

    I’m big on the food thing, too. I love cooking, I cook all the time for my family when I’m at home, it used to be because my parents were busy at work – still are – but now it’s more because I’m also perfectly happy to. And obviously when I’m at university I have to cook for myself every day, three meals a day. Partly out of necessity (obviously) but I do love it. I prefer cooking at home though, because I’m not limited to my meagre student budget and I can be more creative ๐Ÿ™‚ I think baking for me is my real kitchen love though, especially cakes. Great British Bake off, anyone?

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