As I continue to flip between various mediums in documenting my cooking, I am back here. Back with this blog. And though it’s been a lot of different things, I realized I need it to be one thing – a blog for me to document my love for cooking and food. And that’s exactly what it’s going to be. We are now going to Sizzle with Hanizzle.
Yes, I am Hanizzle. A nickname some friends gave me. It’s silly and fun and rhymes with sizzle. Plus, I am silly, fun, and I definitely sizzle, so that is where we are at!
I’m starting off with discussing what my roommate and I made this week and talk about Lent this year. Lent is always a big part of my life, where I give up food that I am tempted with every day/often. I find it a challenge mentally but also spiritually. I do not need to complain that I can’t eat cookies because I made a choice not to eat them. There are people in the world who have much less – the season of Lent reminds me of that every time food is mentioned. And since food is such a large part of my life (it doesn’t just sustain my body, but my soul!!), this has always had a strong affect on me and helps continue to put my life in perspective.
This year, I am giving up bread, pastas, noodles, and baked sweets. I decided I didn’t want to completely limit myself this year, but still give myself a large enough challenge. I love bread and pasta/noodles so much – I eat them almost everyday! So this will help me find healthier alternatives that I want to focus on more. Also, I give up sweets every year. But besides baked sweets and chocolate, I don’t eat much of any other sweets. So why not give myself a small break and allow myself chocolate still. Making this decision was huge for me. I am not one to “give myself a break,” so deciding this is making sure I still indulge in self care. That is just as important as caring for others, which I am gradually learning and accepting.
So, want to see what my roomie and I made this week?
I did not contribute to the Lemony Lentil Soup – besides the concept – but I was able to make ground turkey for myself (roommate is a vegetarian) and bake the spaghetti squash to perfection for the bolognese! Also chopped some of the veggies for that dish as well. Working on my knife skills is always fun! We were inspired by a few recipes from food gawker, but my roomie and I couldn’t help but put our own spin to these dishes – adding more veggies, red wine, and/or more lemon juice.
I am excited to continue my cooking and food journey here. It may not be too frequently, but I am also creating an Instagram called @SizzlewithHanizzle that will document my day to day cooking and eating adventures more often, which is always good.
Follow me on this journey and we’ll see where we sizzle to!