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ABOUT

FOODESSA
Food Fairy Countessa


foodessa[at]gmail[dot]com

Once upon a time...
Claudia's FOODESSA...a Food Fairy Countessa...
gloriously came to life.   
She was created out of pure delight and a desperate need for distraction.
Mostly...it was time to share my kitchen's heart.

I consider myself fortunate to be both of...
Italian origins and given birth in the city of Montreal, Canada.
Excitement and creativity run very high throughout this city's vivacious melting pot.
My flavour for life is the extension of this generously inspiring city.





Accomplishing what seems at times impossible has defined my ongoing need to open my heart to all possibilities when I least expect them.
















My greatest moments of reflection, a self discovery of sorts always seem to swarm around my varied interests.




These interests have made me realize how blessed I am.

Through these passions, I have always felt a resounding need to write.
I guess, for now, until a brilliant book roles out...
writing about my interests shall satisfy my need to share what I find great in this world.




Throughout my professional venues...
I have led myself through the paths of:
Interior design, Fashion, Travel...
and later towards having my own Bed and Breakfast.








My primary hobbies: 
photography, painting and gardening...
have kept me busy and gratefully out of trouble ;o)
However, somehow I was not quite satisfied.  There still was a certain undiscovered link looming above me.













Wasn't sure what was missing but I vowed not to give up.



So, it was time to get off the beaten path again.
What could I be truly passionate about for a longer period of time?
This was indeed, the million dollar question?
Always the multi-tasker, I accepted this to be normal.
Stability by profession never really stuck with me...
too many interests...so little time!


I always have one foot in and the other out...
waiting to explore my next curiosity.

Would the culinary universe figure prominently in this equation?




I feel that finally...this might be the right fit for me.
When I really think about it...any chance I have...
FOOD is always in my thoughts and conversations.


My Mommy, as well as 'Nonna' and I always agreed:



"Food should be visually pleasing...
tasty...delicious...and memorable."







I have not yet taken any professional cooking courses...not counting, of course a fun little workshop on ' Sushi ' making.


It was a blast and I did try to make some in my kitchen.  However...conclusion...I’ll take myself out to their fine establishments instead.








Part of my wish list would be to...
take a small sabbatical where I do little else than learn from master chefs. 
If ‘Hubby’ could join me...I'd be thrilled.
My penchant would definitely be towards pastry and chocolate creations.

We do have great schools here in Montreal...but who knows...I may be lucky enough to transport myself to another French city jewel???



It’s nice to have culinary dreams...isn't it?
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So...what experience do I hold in the kitchen?






Well, after having made ‘lasagna’ sheets with mom at the age of five...I pretty much never looked back from that very pivotal moment.

Sometimes you would think I was born with a spatula in one hand...and all else to do with cooking and baking in the other hand.


Not many moments come close to the excitement I feel when I succeed a difficult recipe.  Especially, if the recipe happens to become a product of a re-created popular recipe.




However, what exhilarates me the most...
is when I have originated a recipe of my very own with great triumph.



So...am I a good cook?
Heck...yes!

SHEPHERD's PIE aka PATE CHINOIS 
...a Mediterranean style shepherd's pie


SCALLOPS on SQUASH web 
...a swanky dish for special occasions

Tortilla crust Veggie Ricotta Quiche 
...a savoury pie fit for a Queen


However, admittedly, some not so great meals
have been forcefully eaten at our table.
Remember...waste not!


Am I a good baker?
Well...I would like to believe that I am ;o)

cake ELEGANCE and WHIMSY
...a true celebration with Mom



However, with a little more practice and many calories later...
I will hopefully one day grace that line-up of great bakers I admire.


Fruit Melody velvety-smooth CHEESECAKE 
...bathe or not to bathe the Cheesecake?


TiraMiS├╣ ExtraOrdinario
...a classic with a unique twist



I am looking forward to sharing what I experience and create,
just as much as learning from you will surely inspire a continued journey.


Here's to more insight towards a...
FASCINATING - EMPOWERING - GASTRONOMIC JOURNEY.


It will be most interesting to see how many persons share my sentiment.
Wishing you all the very best and flavourful wishes,
Claudia {Foodessa}
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CLICK the following POSTS for MORE about...FOODESSA 






Once upon a time...FOODESSA...
the Food Fairy Countessa...came to LIFE







A little more...
about the woman
behind FOODESSA







Welcoming you to my
NEW
Culinary Journey



Please feel free to email me at:
foodessa[at]gmail[dot]com