¡Hola! I’m Amanda, aka “Gouramanda” and welcome to my blog. Since I was a little girl, I have been extremely passionate about the boundless world of food and cooking. I fondly recall spending balmy summer days in Arkansas with my great grandmother, harvesting cucumbers, tomatoes, and okra from her backyard garden and gathering pecans like candy that had recently fallen from a bruised and battered piñata. I remember watching in bewilderment as she would transform these God-given vegetables into beautiful dishes that would gather us together, or preserve them in a sweet, unexpected way so that her memory would endure long after she was gone.
Eating plant-based, farm-to-table, organic meals is definitely not a new concept. I aim to cook and eat this way, but I am also a Texan (hello, red meat!), surrounded by the beautiful Mexican culture (tacos are my weakness), and think life without cheese would be rather dull. I believe the recipe for health is pretty simple: don’t deprive yourself, but also really think about where your food is coming from and how it could be affecting your body.
In a spirit of gratitude towards those who have emboldened me to follow my dreams, I desire for my cooking to reach beyond the people I actually have the pleasure of cooking for. I hope that you, my reader, can glean guidance and inspiration from my recipes and encounter the same joy I find in transforming fresh, pure ingredients into something that, in turn, can provide sustenance and satisfaction to others.
Apart from the kitchen, you will most likely find me in my classroom (I am a 2nd grade dual-language Spanish/English teacher), with my husband Marshall (and our sweet pup Lincoln), nose deep in a book, globe-trotting, on my yoga mat, perusing a farmer’s market or, my favorite thing, learning something new.
As my Spanish “madre” used to say before every meal, ¡Buen provecho!