Liv. Eat. Repeat.
Welcome to Liv’s Melting Pot! As a self-proclaimed foodie, I am an adventurous eater, avid bruncher, wine enthusiast, and love experimenting with higher levels of difficulty in the kitchen. I created this blog to share my experiences with my fellow foodies and learn from my community.
Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Rochelle, New York, my first cooking influences were my mother and maternal grandmother, both of whom sparked my interest in the kitchen. As immigrants from Guyana, they raised me on West Indian cuisine and encouraged culinary exploration from a young age by saying to “try everything at least once.” This is why my Melting Pot will include experiences from a wide array cultures.
My mother is and always has been a fan of cooking shows and passed that interest on to me. By the time I was double-digits, programs like 30 Minute Meals and Good Eats had become an integral part in expanding my knowledge of food and developing my interest in cooking. Food Network had become just as much of a television favorite as Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network. We would follow recipes together and give our own ratings after tasting.
The best piece of food-related advice that I received when it came to mastering the kitchen was given by my mother:
“Always have a signature dish that you can easily cook with your mind on auto-pilot. Something that you can make after a long day at work or for a last-minute contribution to an event. Even if it’s something simple like mac and cheese, you can perfect it and then start to include your own tweaks to take it up a notch.”
My signature dish is veggie pasta. It’s simple because you can just quickly sauté whatever vegetables you have in your pantry or fridge and if you don’t have pasta sauce, you can easily make your own. I love experimenting with different herb combinations and extras like cheese, wine, and even hot sauce.
After graduating from Spelman College, I stayed in Atlanta to begin my career in Corporate America. As a remote employee, I have been able to explore an array of Atlanta’s tea and coffee shops while working, as well as the Atlanta food scene. I continued my self-taught food education through reading and local cooking classes. My dream job would be to eat my way around the world, as travel is a close-second love to food. One of my favorite dishes to date was while studying abroad in Marrakesh, Morocco. In the future, I hope to add more stamps to my passport and take international cooking and pastry classes.
I hope that this blog proves to be a fun tool to share ideas, adventures and reviews to enhance your relationship with one of the greatest human experiences: FOOD!