Hello. I’m Tracy. My passions are traveling, baking, eating, among countless other things that will all make it into the pages of this blog. I am from Los Angeles by way of New York City (and a few other places in between), but with my job I currently live in Liberia where I have
one two (I upgraded!) plastic mixing bowls and an oven, and want to share with you my experiments in the kitchen. I mostly use ingredients that are available in Liberia (which means no fresh strawberries!), and hope that by sharing my adventures of baking and cooking in foreign places, and fantastic things that I’ve eaten and experienced, will inspire you to create your own moveable feast, wherever you may be.
One thing I’m passionate about is steeping memories with certain foods – finding that special recipe or treat that reminds you of a certain time, a certain place, a certain laugh, or whatever it might be. The recipes I share remind me of people, adventures, or the night when my friends and I were gathered in my Liberian kitchen in the humidity with no air con, suffocating, but determined to make the cinnamon rolls turn out.
Also, not only do I try and make all my friends a little bit fatter (oops…I mean…happier!!) with my baking, but I also entertain my cats, Buster and his mom Herman. They are my official mascots as they love to hang out in the kitchen and watch me bake.
So get started, steep your own memories into these recipes. It’s a great journey, and there’s no better memory than that of great food, especially food you created, shared with friends.
And for those of you interested, let me tell you a little bit more about Liberia. I won’t go into details about how beautiful and crazy and stressful this country is, as that could be a blog unto itself! But know it’s a beautiful country that has a long and complicated history, and I’m alternately stressed and proud to be working here. In terms of baking (why I imagine you’re here on this page!) it means that everything melts in the humidity, that I can never ever no matter how hard I try get my cream cheese frosting to look as it does on every other blog, but that’s okay. It means I can’t find a lot of ingredients that I’m used to, and I try to avoid using sour cream because it’s usually sold long past its expiration date, and that I try not to use whipping or heavy cream because it’s literally 8 USD for a tiny package. But butter, sugar and flour are cheap and plentiful, and I am constantly inspired by the random international ingredients that somehow make their way to the local grocery stores. So I hope that paints a picture of where this blog is coming from, and hope it inspires you to be creative in your own kitchen, no matter where in the world you are. And maybe even come visit Liberia! Because, hey, it’s really beautiful, and you can buy my cupcakes at a local bar every week, so it’s a pretty awesome place. 🙂 Plus, I mean, just look at it…