Hello fellow foodies! You are probably wondering “who is this person, and what is this forking around business?” I promise I will explain all.
I’m Allie, and in the real world I am a science communicator. (Yes, that means every now and then you will likely get a dose of science…I promise it will be painless.) Like yourselves, I am also a foodie. I’ve come a long way in my quest to conquer the kitchen. Back in high school, my friends came over for my first real cooking experience, and the pad thai was amazing. I wanted to eat it again! So a few weeks later, I decided I would try making pad thai, flying solo. The experience was nowhere near on the same level. Instead of a delicious meal, I created a disaster. My parents came home to a note explaining that my cooking made me ill, I should not be allowed to cook flying solo, and the dishes would have to wait until the morning. They saved the note for my future husband.
Over the years, my skills have improved greatly. It started with just eggs and pasta, and then I advanced to chicken. CHICKEN! Next up was steak. Once I’d conquered the meats, I moved on to fish. (Admittedly I’m still not confident when it comes to seafood, because I don’t make it often.) At this point, most of my cooking was still by necessity. I lived off-campus in college, and I needed to feed myself. It wasn’t until I met my friend Jon that I really started to get into cooking. I’d go over for meals. Delicious meals. He made tomato sauce. FROM SCRATCH. He made mango salsa. He made homemade pita chips to go with the salsa. I think we can confidently say that Jon changed my relationship with cooking. It went from being that dreaded time-wasting task of necessity, to something I wanted to do. I even made a cooking playlist (heavy on the Frank Sinatra, add a pinch of Michael Bublé and a pinch of Etta James and Percy Sledge.) A foodie was born.
So you may be wondering what the site is, or what the name is about. The name is twofold. First, I am by no means a culinary professional. I am starting to take some culinary classes, but ultimately what I do is just play in the kitchen. Cooking, like science, is about experimentation. It’s about finding out what works, and then making sure that others can replicate those same results using a detailed explanation of your methods. In this way, forking around represents experimentation in the kitchen, trying new recipes and sharing them with you. The other thing the name represents is forking around the world, one bite at a time- whether it is exploring new global cuisines, or sharing great eats at home and abroad.
I have a giant folder of recipes I want to try, a camera that I want to become more familiar with, and a bunch of eateries bookmarked on Yelp. What better way to tackle them all than with a food blog?