Welcome to my blog! Though I work as a children’s book illustrator (visit www.melissaiwai.com to view my site) Two of my other passions are cooking and painting. Actually painting and cooking are quite similar. Both involve a set structure–rules to follow (or choose to break), but both also contain the element of surprise and spontaneity—which is where the real creativity and fun come in.
I’ve baked since I was a kid, but only started cooking after getting married. Then after gaining about ten pounds after a few years of making and enjoying rich, home cooked meals and desserts, I realized I needed to make a few changes in our diets — decreasing saturated fats and processed food and increasing fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
Living with two very picky eaters (my husband and son) makes getting healthy meals on the table a challenge. I’m trying to foster an appreciation for cooking and baking in my son by letting him help me in the kitchen and see what a magical process it can be. Since he was a baby, my son has kept me company at the kitchen counter top while I cook dinner, and now he gets into the act once in awhile. He’s even developed some of his own recipes.
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