Hello! My name is Dominique and I’m happy that you stopped by Perchance To Cook! I started this blog as a way to share healthy and clean recipes for a delicious life. From family recipes, to my own creations, or travel-inspired recipes, you’ll see it all here.
I love finding the balance between nourishing your body with food and brightening up your day with it. I don’t know about you, but a fabulous meal or a mouth-watering dessert brightens up my day every. single. time.
The more diverse and enjoyable my healthy meals are, the more likely that I am to keep eating healthy. And I hope that my recipes can do the same for you.
I’ve always been inspired by my heritage and by traveling.
My mother is French, my maternal grandparents were Hungarian, and my father is Irish & Italian, so my meals growing up were always influenced by a random mixture of European palates. My mom made everything from scratch and tried to cook and bake everything as clean as possible. Because of this, much of my life has been motivated by eating healthy and experimenting with healthy alternatives in the kitchen, which explains all of the recipe experiments that you will find here.
As a child, I spent my summers in France, and developed an appreciation for the dishes, preparations and produce of the region. It made me come to value quality materials, without preservatives or crap in it, and this is why I am so adamant about using certain products on this blog. For example, I will never use coconut cream or coconut milk with preservatives in it. The taste alone ruins the recipe. (Sigh). Tip: use Savoy or Golden Star.
Traveling feeds my soul, which has lead me to live in France, Belgium, and Northern Ireland. Experiencing new cultures is one of my all-time favorite things! Especially trying different food combinations and dishes, which often influences the recipes that I make at home and that I post here. 🙂
While living abroad, I noticed not only how much better the produce tastes in Europe, but also how much better I feel when I eat the food there.
There are many reasons for this, but a big one is the massive amount of processed food here in the States. Processed foods can be difficult to avoid, which is why I like to make most of my food at home. And the amount of health problems processed foods causes is alarming! (I could speak for hours about how wrong I think it is, and all of the changes I would like to see here, but that is for another day)
Speaking of health problems, my husband’s auto-immune issues is a big reason why I got into the Paleo lifestyle. In December 2013, my husband was diagnosed with vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels of the head), which is caused by an autoimmune disease. For months prior, he had intense headaches and rashes, and then one day, his body seemed to give up. His face and hands went numb, he forgot where he was, and common words, and he could not stop vomiting. It was really scary!
Basically, he was incredibly inflamed, and his body was unable to deal with it anymore.
During this time, one of my best friends, who has an autoimmune disease herself, recommended the Paleo diet to help with inflammation. So I jumped right in, deciding that I would change my diet too. We both started noticing how much energy we had and how great we felt. I no longer got “Hangry” or had the crazy strong cravings that I have always been known for.
My husband’s rashes and fevers went away, and he was no longer as bloated. We became convinced that eating clean, non-processed foods was the best option for us.
Plus I realized eating clean wasn’t that different to what we were used to. My first Paleo recipe on this blog, my Paleo Crispy Coconut Chicken Fingers, was just as delicious, if not MORE so, to regular chicken fingers. And I’m all about the deliciousness!
Three years later, and we have our own healthy lifestyle system down. Basically, we eat Paleo most of the time, but we also incorporate oatmeal, rice, and goat’s cheeses into our diet from time to time. (My husband is able to digest goat’s and sheep’s milk much better than cow’s milk). We even have cheat days!
However, when my husband is having an auto-immune flare, the smallest amount of gluten, dairy, food coloring, or any unnatural chemical will give him rashes, fevers, and bloating, so during those times we are very strictly Paleo/ Non-processed. Which isn’t the worst thing because you can still eat The BEST Gooey Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookies:
You could say that I am obsessed with creating delicious cleaner, healthier, Paleo versions of my favorite foods. And you may notice that I have a massive sweet tooth!
I post the best of my recipe experiments on this blog, which are the meals and desserts that I actually eat at home on a weekly basis. And they often have a european-flair. I hope that you enjoy my recipes and I’d love to hear any ideas or comments that you may have! You can find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or by email.
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Fun fact: The Perchance To Cook name was inspired by Hamlet’s “to be or not to be” soliloquy. I hope if you are wondering whether to cook today that this blog will help you decide… to cook!
If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question or comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email at perchancetocookblog (at) yahoo.com.