Hey there! My name is Tina Dawson, and this is my tiny space on the web.
Love is in my tummy was originally started as a collection of my favorite recipes, an online cookbook, if you will, that I could one day handover to my grandchildren. But since its inception, it’s grown to become so much more…
I was 15 when I officially started cooking. My brother and I were unexpectedly left home alone one morning, leaving me in charge until my parents returned. It wasn’t long before we got hungry. I had never cooked till then. My grandmother had taught me to light a stove and make tea in the evenings. And sometimes, while running around the house, I’ve stood at the stove and given a playful stir to whatever was boiling on there. But that was the full extent of my training. I rummaged around the fridge and found some left over rice. I cracked up some eggs, and only God knows how, but I made a simple fried rice for me and my brother. It was surprisingly good and I haven’t stopped cooking since then.
I grew up in a close-knit family where almost every conversation revolved around food. All of us cook (unbelievable, yet true), we watch cooking shows most of the day, collect cookbooks and spend every 4 hours plotting the next meal. It is from them that my love for all things food stems from. I was raised around food, that over time, became the taste of ‘Love’ to me.
After spending almost a decade in the world of Information Technology, I decided to give life a chance by doing something I love. And to me, that’s food. Now, I spend every waking minute happily scouring the world for delicious things. Everything you see here, I create from my home in Atlanta where I live with my husband who also happens to be the official taste-checker and my go-to tech guy.
The quality of food to innately store memories and trigger flashbacks never ceases to amaze me. Every time I make myself fried rice from leftovers, I become that 15 year old girl again, cooking for the first time.
This blog is a record of my food and my stories, and I’m really glad that I can share this with you today.
Now let’s go make ourselves some memories….