Hi and welcome to my blog! I have recently re-branded to Garden in the Kitchen and this page is “currently under construction”. I apologize for the inconvenience! However, below you will find bits and pieces of my old blog description… while most of the stuff is still true, much like a tree, I grew a few branches and changed into new leaves. So please come back soon ! Meanwhile, feel free to contact me directly should you have any questions.
Silvia Ribas Dunnirvine
I grew up in a small farm town in Brazil (Ubaira, Bahia) surrounded by mountains, farm animals and lots of food, by that I mean fresh and locally grown foods. One of the most fond memories of my childhood is selling vegetables at our local weekly farmers market with my grandmother. From that experience I learned to appreciate the work of a farmer and the beautiful food that grows from Mother Earth.
I moved to United States in 2001, when I was only 19 years old, you know… back when I was courageous enough to pull such move. After having children I decided to stay low and play safe! But seriously, coming to the United States of America was the best adventure of my life! From the minute I landed my heart felt at home, although I miss my relatives and friends back home and have the greatest memories that will forever be in my heart.
When you move to a whole new Country is like being born again, not only you have to learn the language (please let me know if I am doing okay, as English is my second language!), learn the culture, traditions, workforce, etc… but you also have to figure out where you fit in. Somehow, all that you are and know, has to fit into this new place. So it took me a while, but here I am…
My name is Silvia. I am now 35 years old and a mother of two amazing girls, Maria and Sophia. I live in a beautiful small town called Holliston in Massachusetts and I have the cutest neighbors in the world… they are horses! Having a close contact with nature is extremely important to me so I am grateful to be where I am. Outside of blogging I love spending time with my family and my two adorable cats Leo and Lilly, time spent at home is always very much appreciated but I also love to travel, going to the beach, visiting local farms, gardening and I enjoy practicing yoga and meditation.
The decision to start blogging wasn’t an easy one because it’s outside of my comfort zone but the need to have a voice, to give this voice power and to have a positive affect on people, my community and maybe a few miles away was well worth it, so I began to blog. The subject?… FOOD! Because it comes so natural to me. I’ve always cooked, I’ve always changed and developed recipes and most of all, I’ve always enjoyed eating.
My cooking style…
Although I enjoy and explore all kinds of cooking my personal style is plant based foods, where vegetables, grains and beans are the main focus but I also cook a lot of foods that are high in protein. I believe that, unless you are on a diet restriction, a balanced diet is the most beneficial, because every food has different nutritional benefits so if you consume a great variety then you will be getting a wide range in nutrition.
My goal is to share recipes that will focus on a balanced and whole diet. I am always trying new alternative ingredients to re-create our favorite recipes and make them a little healthier. As a busy mom and independent woman with lots of commitments, I understand that time can be an issue so most of my recipes are very easy and can be done within 30-45 minutes without compromising taste. I want people to understand that it is possible to add a healthy diet with home cooked meals to their daily lives. A simple meal plan can make this process even more effortless. And above all, just have fun!
Thank you for visiting my blog, I feel truly blessed to share my passion for life, food and happy healthy living with you all and please know I do not take this opportunity to serve you lightly.
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Love + Hugs,