My name is Mariska and welcome to MyChefsApron, a website devoted to sharing nutritious recipes and healthy habits! I created this community to share my love for food, feeling healthy and connecting with people. It is about the journey you can take to build balance in your life. I inherited the love for cooking and celebrating life with good food from my family. To me, food is incredibly powerful. It can nourish and heal you, or it can make you addictive and sick. Over the years, I have had my fair share of health issues or even acute reactions to certain foods. Traveling a lot, working long hours and not taking care of myself eventually created havoc on my body. For a long time, I had a troubled relationship with food. Although I had already started to make changes, the beautiful birth of my lovely daughter gave me an extra gift: becoming more in tune with my body and respect it. Through continuous education about food, health, and a balanced lifestyle, I know today better what my body needs to feel energized and good. More important, I want to instill good food and fitness habits in my daughter by setting an example and by giving her a great start to a healthy and balanced life. Ever since I started this journey, I have been sharing with others my self-taught experiences (and many failed attempts), my passion for the nutritional aspect of cooking and active living. I hope this community can be your resource for giving your body the attention and health it deserves by eating well, enjoying wholesome, real food and living a healthy lifestyle.
I don’t believe that one diet fits all. Aside from our unique blueprint, there are so many factors that play a role in what your body needs on a given day and not everybody has seasonal access to the same produce. When I lived in Florida, for example, I ate a heavy plant-based diet, incorporating a lot of raw food dishes. But when I traveled to colder places, I often craved for a warm stew. I do believe in listening to our bodies and that we should choose, as much as possible, locally and seasonally grown produce, preferably organic. I genuinely love all vegetables and eat a heavy plant-based (Mediterranean) diet. A couple of times a week I incorporate a fish or meat dish, especially in colder months of the year. I don’t believe that as we grow up in years, we are destined to feel weaker, sick or lose our metabolism. We can enter every stage of our lives with strength, beauty, grace, knowledge and great stamina. I have learned that health is one of our most precious treasures, so try, as best as possible, to take good care of it. Each phase of our lives gives us the opportunity to learn a little more about ourselves and what our body needs. It allows us to adapt and find out what works for you and your family. In this community, I will share simple and healthy dishes that I enjoy at home with my family and healthy habits I have come to embrace. In my kitchen, food is our medicine. I hope you can make these ideas work for you, your family and your lifestyle. Enjoy!
What’s in the name?
Cooking is sometimes my form of meditation. It can be calming, relaxing with the kitchen as my sanctum and a lively dinner table at the end as my reward. My husband gave me a chef’s apron one day. I was surprised about the gift since I never used to wear one. But I love it. It has a double pen pocket and an extra strap on the side to hang my kitchen towel. It came in very handy when testing my recipes numerous times for the cookbook. Maybe it sounds crazy, but putting that apron on makes preparing food more of a ritual, like enjoying soothing music in the background or sipping on that favorite glass of wine while cooking. It is now an integral part of my kitchen decor whether used or not.
Meet the rest of the team
Alivia, my 4-year old daughter, is our most favorite recipe tester. She will tell me immediately if she likes my cooking or not. You can’t beat the brutal honesty of a child. Although most recipes are “kid” approved, we do occasionally make things that only adults should enjoy. She loves to help with the photography and with the preparations in the kitchen. My lovely husband, Alex takes most of the pictures. He also helps me with making and editing the videos. Both are my most favorite people in the world!
Thank you for reading! Mariska, Alex, and Alivia.