My Food Philosophy

Good morning/afternoon/evening,

Welcome to my blog, The Purple Menu.  It looks like we are both new here and I thought it would be best to start with an introduction.

I’ve started The Purple Menu (PM from now on, for simplicity’s sake) as a way to share my enjoyment and thoughts on food and cooking.  Over the past year, or so, I’ve become known for sharing Instagrams of my latest meals with my friends on Facebook. The response has been overwhelmingly positive!  Some friends have started doing the same, often using our tags #whatsfordinner, #girlswhocook and #kitchengoddess.  It felt great to know that people enjoy these photos, and some have commented that I’ve inspired them to eat-in rather than eat-out.

Recently I’ve had two friends suggest that I expand my digital meal sharing empire.  I’ve been asked for recipes, tips on how I manage my time and my personal menu, information on how I’ve learned certain things, etc.  These things, paired with my belief that eating at home can be fulfilling, fun and non-stressful has inspired me to start writing this blog – to help answer some of these questions.

As a young lady in my mid-twenties, I am a part of the so-called fast food generation.  I was practically raised on the stuff.  I don’t see this as a result of ignorance but rather necessity, and I feel this is a misconception that isn’t well articulated in the media.  There are many articles about obesity and the danger of fast-food culture, and rightfully so.  Unfortunately it seems that many people attribute this solely with negligent parental behaviour, addiction or ignorance.  The unfortunate reality for many families is that fast food can be a necessary evil.

I was raised by a single parent who, for as long as I can remember, has always worked beyond typical full-time hours.  At various times in our lives it had been impossible to stick to a regular meal schedule, it was impossible to spend an hour preparing dinner when mom wasn’t home until after 9:30 PM.  Fast food was as much her way of grabbing a meal whenever possible as it was my way of eating while alone.  For some low-income families meals out can be cheaper than meals in.  Some families are constantly forced to choose between affordability and erratic schedules.

Unfortunately for children and parents in these types of situations, over time it becomes hard to imagine eating anything else.  The unfamiliar can be daunting, whether it is learning to cook or learning to like the way things taste.  I maintain that knowing how to make your own meals is an important skill, it’s one of the things you can do for yourself to improve your own health, happiness, and even impress others.

In our go-go-go world, it can be overwhelming to get started, but I am here to help.  Forget breaking the bank for expensive, gourmet ingredients, great meals can be made with some of the simplest.  Forget the mentality that absolutely everything needs to be from scratch, it’s OK to cheat.  Forget the feeling that preparing meals is a chore, it can be fun and satisfying.

I’m here to help you learn all of these things, by bringing you through my experience as I learn.  Welcome to PM, to my menu.  I’m posting things as I make them, I’m not on a schedule or theme.  What I feel like is what will happen, and I hope you see this as being open and down-to-earth.  I’m not just about recipes here either, I’m about testing out new tools, techniques, shows and books, and I am happy to share it all.

So, let’s put on an apron, sharpen those knives and warm up those pans!

Sincerely, SmokeyChef.