My name is Brynn, and I have loved working in the kitchen ever since I was a kid (as you might be able to tell from the photo above). I sure loved my chef’s toque! Anyway, I am currently a senior at the University of California, Irvine (zot zot!); living the good life in my own apartment. Unlike my freshman year, which involved a meal plan at my dorm’s cafeteria, I now have to buy groceries and cook for myself. Even though I enjoy cooking, it can be difficult to find the time to cook healthy meals and think of new ones so I won’t become bored with eating the same food every day. Since my mom always encouraged our family to live a healthy lifestyle, I became very mindful about my diet and exercise habits. As a result, I am always on the lookout for nutritious food ideas and fun ways to incorporate exercise into my life. I’m still a work in progress regarding the food part, but feel I have sufficiently tackled the exercise aspect by taking up racquetball, Zumba, Pilates, kickboxing, and yoga classes at my school’s recreation center. I’m now happy to report that my attempts at staying fit and eating healthily are finally becoming a normal part of my daily routine!
Like every other foodie out there, I love to watch cooking shows. One of my favorites is MasterChef on FOX with Gordon Ramsey. I was so happy to see a 22-year-old college student (the youngest contestant on the show!) beat the hundreds of other amateur chefs inthe competition. Yay for college students! Not only can we learn to eat well, but cook well, too! One thing that helps me as a college cook is having a Trader Joe’s within walking distance of my apartment. Most of my recipes contain ingredients that can readily be found at TJ’s. They have one of the best selections of healthy, gourmet ingredients around (and their prices can’t be beat!). So you will understand why this here foodie student is constantly waxing poetic about the place (and if you love Trader Joe’s as much as I do, you’ll also love this song).
For those of you wondering what up? with the name of this blog, let me give you a little background on the meaning of wiki. First off, wiki wiki means “quick” or “fast” in Hawaiian. Secondly, a wiki is defined (in part) as a website that is a collaborative effort toshare information. When you combine all these ideas along with the notion of what you do in a kitchen, then you should understand the concept behind wikiKitchen. I’m hoping that other students and busy people who find themselves in my situation will be inspired to contribute their recipes, tips and ideas for quick, healthy meals. Any other feedback or comments regarding this blog are also welcome and greatly appreciated.