“Someone or something that gives you new ideas and the enthusiasm to create something with them”

My Mother was the first person that inspired me to cook.  As a child I remember thinking to myself how does she take so few ingredients and make something taste so amazing!  I would pull up a stool and watch as she took flour and eggs and she created the most beautiful pasta and she would do it with such ease. The aroma of freshly baked bread or tomato sauce simmering on the stove would permeate throughout our home.  I enjoyed the trips to the market and watching her choose each ingredient with care.  I think the most important lessons learned, always start with fresh ingredients and to cook from the heart.

I’ve always had such a passion for food and cooking and recently baking.  When I started reading food blogs the inspiration to create in the kitchen intensified.

Below you’ll find a very short list of my favourite places to visit and gain inspiration.

Who first inspired you in the kitchen?

Comments (16)

16 Responses to “Inspiration”

  1. Ela Says:

    My mom, was the first one who inspired me how to cook. We didn’t have much when I was growing up but my mom would always cook something that would taste so delicious even with less ingredients, I guessed it was because she always cooked from the heart. I love you mom, even though you already went with the Lord, you’ll always be around my home especially in my kitchen.

  2. Grace Says:

    Isn’t it amazing how they are always able to do that Ela. My Mom is the same way. She can always whip up something delicious with very few ingredients. I think she is always with you Ela. I feel the same about my Dad.

  3. Debbie Says:

    I was first inspired by my mother who is a phenomenal cook. She taught me the value of quality ingredients and at a young age had me in the kitchen creating menus and cooking meals during the summer breaks. When I went off to college I lived with my grandparents. The first two years with my mom’s parents. There I learned to make pie crust and a fabulous Danish strudel that had been passed down. The second two years I lived with my dad’s parents. My grandmother could put a meal together in 20 minutes flat and if you did not eat her green beans she wanted to now what was wrong with you! I also recall pulling taffy with my great grandmother and her baked chicken that was fall off the bone tender. Cooking and especially baking is therapeutic. It’s a way to keep the past right there with you in the present. Nothing makes me happier than feeding family and friends!

  4. Moneera aldousari Says:

    I’m only 17 years old i learned cooking from my mom she cooks very well. If you want to eat delecious arabian food come to kuwait. Here we eat alot of rice with chicken or meat or fish. We’ve many kinds of sweets that you must try.
    And i’m now thinking of opening my own restaurant after finishing high school. I really really loved your website.
    Thank you

  5. Grace Says:

    Thank you very much Moneera. What sweets do you recommend, would love to try a few new recipes. I admire your goals, I wish you much luck in your future endeavours.

  6. Chef Dennis Says:

    hi Grace
    thank you so much for including me on your list of bloggers, I am honored to be on such a short list with some very notable food bloggers and foodie sites!
    My mother was not a big cook, she was a nurse and always worked so hard and at night so she would be home with us during the day….she taught me many other things though…My first inspiration was Graham Kerr, the fun he had amazed me, there have been others through out the years, I think its good to have a source of inspiration, it keeps us motivated.

  7. Grace Says:

    Not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this to you Dennis, but long before I started blogging and even knew what blogging was all about I joined Foodbuzz and you were one of the first sites I visited. I remember trying to understand what “buzz” was all about, funny now that I’ve been blogging almost a year and I still don’t understand how Foodbuzz works. Thankfully I have you to turn to. I love your recipes and I enjoy your writing and I hope one day we can meet.

  8. Doreen Deweger Says:

    We currently hold cooking classes in our London showroom – GCW Custom Kitchens&Cabinetry. Your mom was in awhile back and told me about you! Wow! would you be interested in taking about the possibility of holding some type of dessert night here? You could possibly sell your book here as well.
    Let me know or drop by for a visit!
    Doreen Deweger
    GCW Custom Kitchens&Cabinetry
    3537 White Oak Rd.
    London, ON
    519-668-3006 x35

  9. Grace Says:

    Hi Doreen I think it may have been my sister that stopped by your showroom. A dessert night sounds great. I’ll give you a call next week and we can chat about it. Thanks for reaching out Doreen.

  10. Charlotte Moore Says:

    Is there a way to subscribe to get your updates by email? I am not very computer savvy so I wasn’t sure what to do. I did not see a place to sign up by email.

  11. Grace Says:

    Hi Charlotte – I understand completely because I’m not computer saavy either, so happy I’m not alone. If you look up at the top right under the “Follow Me” section (just below “search my site”) there’s a Subscribe Button, if you click on that a FeedBurner window will pop up. In that window if you look on the right there’s a “Subscribe Window”, just under “choose your reader” please click on “Get Grace’s Sweet Life delivered by email” It will then open a window where you must enter your email address and also enter a captcha then you click on “Complete Subscription Request”. A confirmation email will be sent to you and you must click on the link to confirm the subscription. Please let me know if you run into any problems.

  12. Marilyn Lawton Says:

    Your pictures and recipes look fantastic. Could you please tell me what is on the front cover? Thanks

  13. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much Marilyn!

  14. Marilyn Lawton Says:

    Please tell me what is on the cover of your book

  15. Grace Says:

    There are a few different desserts Marilyn, not sure which one you are referring to but here are the lot of them:

    Milk Chocolate & Vanilla Bavarian Cakes
    Mini Lemon Mousse Cakes with Limoncello-Lemon Jelly
    Raspberry & White Chocolate Millefoglie
    Torta Sette Strati (Seven Layer Cake)

    Hope this helps!

  16. Matthew Langlois Says:

    Mom I am so proud of you and all that you have achieved. You are my inspiration and I hope everyday that when I am a father that I can be at least half the parent you are to me. I love you with all my heart and I hope you never give up. You are my hero and I will never forget that!!

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