Cooking Superstar

Farm On Plate

Cook along with Medha from Farm On Plate

Medha Engineer
Vancouver, Canada
blogger/food photographer/runner

When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?

I was 10 year old when my grand-mother taught me how to cook a simple lentil curry - daal! She taught me to respect the ingredients and be fearless in kitchen. Her simple recipes and her sincere approach towards food have inspired me greatly!

What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?

I have a very simple and small one counter kitchen in our apartment in Vancouver. We like to eat a lot of fresh produce, so weekly farmers market visits and CSA box deliveries are a must in our life.

My motto in the kitchen is to clean as I go! It keeps not only your station and kitchen clean, but also declutters your mind and keeps you focused!

What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?

The best way to learn is by doing! Keep it simple. Mother Nature has already done all the hard work and given us great tasting ingredients. Your job as a cook is to start with the freshest seasonal produce and not to mask it by overcooking. Let the natural taste of ingredients from the farm shine on your plate, and take all the credit for nature's work!

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?

I admire so many food bloggers and their philosophy towards food. I follow them religiously and try to learn from them as much as I can. It would be so amazing to invite them all for some pot luck party and get to know them in real life. I will cook a fresh salad with greens and seasonal berries with citrusy dressing!

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I love long runs and hikes with my husband. We both work from home so thats our time to unplug from technology and connect with nature!

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Breaking Bad
Cook Book
Noma: Time and Place in Nordic Cuisine
Mediterranean, Mexican & French
fresh herbs, citrus, olive oil, all kind of greens & nuts
Kitchen Gadget
a good knife