//A Short Intro
Hi! My name is Yang, the voice, recipe developer, photographer, videographer, and webmaster behind this blog. I was an IT Consultant in my past profession, then forced to leave my career due to severe chronic illness. I am also a mother of 2 boys. When I am not taking care of my children and home, I am busy creating nourishing foods for my family and friends. Follow me along to see what’s cooking up in Yang’s Nourishing Kitchen!
I love cooking, healing through foods, and being creative, for as long as I can remember. This is where I get to put all of them together: in my kitchen! My focus has always been making the most nourishing foods without sacrificing the taste and beauty. I am constantly coming up with new ideas and testing out new recipes in my kitchen. Out of the the desire to record some of my thoughts during the process, and to share my original and refined recipes and family favourites, I started this blog in the hope to benefit others, and to motivate myself to continue to learn and grow.
Some of my friends are aware that I suffered greatly from illness for many years. At the worst point, I was completely bed-ridden for many months with chronic debilitating pain, unable to eat and sleep, seeing my weight diminishing, and my life at that point was threatened. I was diagnosed “Postpartum Wind” by Eastern medicine; and diagnosed “Fibromyalgia” by Western medicine and told it’s “incurable”.
The stubborn part of me pushed myself forwards searching for the cure, and followed my intuition to turn down many medications that would have been harmful to me in the long run. During that period, I spent a considerable amount of time researching in alternative medicines, food cures and various diets. Traditional Chinese Medicine saved my life when my illness reached a critical point. Many other alternative medicines, home remedies and a nourishing diet also helped me greatly in my recovery. The journey of healing was an extremely difficult one, as every time I was met with a regression or plateau, I searched for a new solution to unlock the next piece of puzzle.
To this day, I can say I have found the path that cured myself and gained a whole new perspective on how to take care of our health. It was this experience of healing myself completely naturally from being critically ill to being able to enjoy life again made me realize the tremendous knowledge in traditional wisdoms and traditional medicine. I am hoping that I can draw from the wisdom from the past and continue on into my cooking in the future. At the same time, share with rest of the world.
//What You Will Find Here
Therefore, this blog is dedicated to cooking with real foods and nourishing recipes that will heal our bodies. Often these are less well-known recipes because they follow a traditional way of making or a new food trend to revive traditional foods that are now recognized to be healthy for us, grounded by scientific research. Many are my own original recipes or recipes with my own spin on it, but I feel they are worthy of sharing and more love by all.
Here you will find familiar North American flavours plus a dash of the East (however all carry a consistent nourishing and healing theme), as a reflection of my background: I lived the first half of my life in China and Japan, influenced by my mother who is a medical doctor of Western medicine, and my grandmother, although not a great cook, full of traditional Chinese wisdoms when it comes to eating healthy. I lived the second half of my life in Canada, a very multi-cultural society; married to my husband who is a second-generation Indian Canadian, completely brained washed by the North American fast food diet. However, through his family, I was exposed to many Indian flavours and spices full of health benefits.
//My Cooking Philosophy
Although you will see recipes on my blog labelled with terms such as “gluten-free”, “vegan”, “paleo”, “raw” etc. I don’t follow any of these diets. The labeling is for organization and search-ability of the blog and convenience for the readers. Special diets are very subjective to individual needs and stage of healing. The best diet is one that feels right to you when you listen to your own body.
I do believe in eating a balanced, whole food diet, eating more fruits and vegetables, soup and bone broth, some fermented foods and healthy fats, eating all parts of the animals (nose-to-tail eating), eating according to season, geography, incorporating organics as much as possible, and practicing proper preparation techniques to minimize harmful substance and maximize nutrition in our foods. This is the kind of traditional diet I was exposed to and familiar with growing up.
Much of my cooking and eating philosophy is also influenced by Traditional Chinese Medicine, coinciding with traditional wisdoms of other cultures, that believes healthy digestive system is the core and foundation of our health. Many of my recipes are focused on gut-healing. What’s good for our digestion, will in turn be the most nourishing for our overall health. I will touch on Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy as well throughout recipes on my blog, where medicines are incorporated in foods and foods are used as medicines. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a true gemstone of human heritage.
From time to time, I will also share some conflicting opinions and traditional wisdoms of Eastern and Western culture. I believe in the importance of keeping an open mind. I am hoping my philosophy of cooking and eating will come through my recipes over time.
//Let Me Be at Your Service
In my spare time, I provide fermentation coaching and encourage those around me to try out healthier foods and recipes. I live in Markham, a suburb just north of Toronto. Check out my services accessible to those who are near me.
//Final Words of Appreciation
If you stop by my blog, I will be happy to see your feedback on my recipes, and constructive suggestions for improvements. I will be thrilled if you like anything enough to share on pintrest, facebook, or twitter!