About Me

I grew up eating the same 8 dishes in rotation: Meatloaf, spaghetti with tomato sauce, tuna casserole, fried tofu with brown rice, fish sticks, beef stew, grilled cheese with pea soup, and cheese blintzes. At 12 years old I asked my very busy single mom if we could have something new. Her response was that I had better learn how to cook and so I did.  I started buying cook books with my allowance, cooking with my Grandfather (Papa) on summer holidays, and watching the very few cooking shows that aired in the 80s on PBS (we didn’t have cable) – mostly reruns of Julia Child’s The French Chef.  I hosted 3 course dinner parties in high school and  cooked unusual ethnic dishes in Home Ec class while the rest of the class learned how to make mash potatoes.  I also got fascinated with nutrition.

I went on to work for 15 years in the restaurant industry and my passion for food – growing, cooking, preserving and feeding my loved ones – never wavered. It only grew. I voraciously read everything I could get my hands on and finally enrolled in school to become a Holistic Nutritionist. Graduation summer 2017!!

As a married adult I struggled with infertility and was finally blessed in 2007, thanks to IVF, with twins.  I had originally started blogging as a way to keep track of my life as a new mom of twins. I knew that sleep deprivation would erase some of the precious moments that I wanted to keep close. So I started writing a monthly letter to the kids. I called them Momthly Newsletters and they were  mostly read by family, friends and the occasional Early Childhood Development student.  Around the time that the twins were being introduced to solid foods I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and I started writing about the fight to regain my health using mostly foods to heal from my autoimmune disease.  I began to share less about my kids and more about what I was creating in the kitchen. I believe one of the most important lessons you can teach your kids is how to nourish themselves and I wanted to share my journey and challenges through twins, motherhood, and autoimmune disease to maybe bring a little light and laughter to what can sometimes be isolating, dark and overwhelming days.

Eventually I went gluten free and then dairy free  under my doctor’s recommendations. I started writing and developing gluten free recipes, writing for other publications, speaking at schools and parenting groups about food and nutrition and becoming the Nutrition Program Coordinator at the twins’ school.  I also established a ‘real food’ hot lunch program and became heavily involved in the local community garden and kitchen. My passion for food and holistic health has become an everyday natural part of my life and now, a part of my livelihood too!

And now I welcome you to The Accidental Food Blogger where I’m developing recipes that are all gluten free, mostly dairy free, often Paleo or SCD. In truth, this site and how it came to be was all an accident – a very happy accident. You’ve come to the right place if you want to eat well, feed your children well and learn a little about nutrition on the side. Have a look around and try a few recipes – healthy eating and empowering yourself can be so delicious!

Comments

  1. Site looks amazing! Congratulations!!!
    xo

  2. Hi there Emily Grace,
    This blog is pretty awesome, and I love your about page. Your passion for what you do really comes across. This blog is going to become part of my daily reads :)! Thanks so much,

    xoxo,
    Mickie

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