Welcome to my little blog! I’m happy you’re here.
About the Girl
My name is Michelle, and I’m both passionate and curious about all things food, from the stuff itself to the way its grown and how it impacts the world we live in. I’m not one of those people who grew up playing in the kitchen as a kid; for me, the bug got me in my second year of college when I lived alone for the first time and had many extra hours to spend watching Food Network. Rachel Ray and Ina Garten became the ultimate gateway to a happy obsession with food and cooking. These days, I love spending as much time playing in the kitchen as my life allows me.
In addition to cooking, I strive for balance with regular stuff like reading, drinking wine, staying active, going on adventures with my husband, Joshua, romping outside with my pup, Butter, and lazing with our two cats, Ron and Mamba. We love our little slice of (rented) land in Santa Monica and are currently obsessed with cooking everything our Big Green Egg.
About the Blog
The Curious Fig is a place for me to share bits and pieces of my life along with recipes and other food-related things. I do my best to live by the 80/20 philosophy where most things are good and healthy and the rest are good and naughty. All of this happens in moderation, of course.
My personal lifestyle and eating philosophy has changed a lot even since I started blogging; it’s been interesting to see how ideals and things change as life shifts. One thing that has remained constant though is my belief in taking a whole-foods approach to cooking and eating with as much simplicity as possible.
The Meaning Behind the Name
The short answer: figs, in my opinion, are one of nature’s most naturally perfect and complex foods. As an added bonus, they’re pretty cute, too. Obviously, I love figs. And, I’m really curious about lots and lots of things.
The long answer: first and foremost, I have always been an exceedingly curious individual. Case in point, my mom has kindly reminded me for years that my first word was ‘why?’ (Naturally, I have always wondered if this is really true.) In the last few years, my curiosities have evolved and have gradually become more defined. These days, I love spending time reading and writing about food and obviously hanging out in the kitchen playing with food. But, it doesn’t end there; I also love learning about food, which of course happens through reading, but also through exploring farmers markets and learning from the people who grow food, going out to eat and having my mind blown from the talent of amazing chefs, and traveling to new places to discover new-to-me local fare.
With food as with all things, I think it is essential to remain curious. There is always more to learn, do, see, taste, and feel.
And…I think I already covered the ‘fig’ part.
Thanks for reading!