I believe that food is the universal currency of our world. It doesn’t matter a person’s gender, age, race, or creed, food is the one thing that is a commonality amongst us all. Food has the power to put a smile on someone’s face, nourish the body, and, when done so from the heart, transfer love to all those whom it is shared with.
Hey there, I’m Nicole. Thank you for stopping by my little space on the world wide web!
I am 27 years old from Calgary, AB, Canada – and I have a confession. I have one hell of a sweet tooth.
I have always been interested in the topic of food. The process of taking raw ingredients, putting them together in some crazy combination, and creating something (hopefully) delicious has always bewildered me. I remember being a little kid watching my mom bake cookies, and wondering how the ball of dough she had seemingly created out of nothing was then magically transformed into an actual cookie – a cookie which I could then pick up, feel, visually examine, smell, then finally, be taken over by the explosion of sweet that occurred in my mouth as I took a bite. After experiencing this enough times, I eventually became a cookie monster. Just kidding.
No I’m not. Don’t judge me.
Fast forward about a decade and a half, and I began learning about how the food we eat makes up the body that we live in. Being a biology undergrad in university meant learning the nitty gritty about how the body took said cookie and made it into, well, part of said body. At about the same time, my interest in fitness started develop and with that, came an interest in a “healthy diet” – a diet that meant, *gasp* no cookies? No sweets? NO DESSERT??
Oh hell no.
And so, dear friends, my love of eating sweet treats evolved into my love of creating sweet treats. Treats that I felt served my body better than the “food products” that are commercially available at the local grocer. With the perpetual rise of nutritional awareness and health overall, I believe that the more foodstuff we can make at home, the better. I don’t tout this to be a “healthy” dessert blog, but as I continue on this journey and grow this blog, I hope to have a wide variety of recipes, some that err a little more towards the healthy side, and some that are definitely a little more decadent. Hey, everything in balance, right?
You may be wondering why I named this blog “Sweet Like Cocoa”. Umm, Nicole, cocoa isn’t sweet, like, at all. The basis for this name is centred on the concept of perception. Something one may perceive as bitter, has the same potential to be perceived by another as sweet. In life, the same is true. Good or bad, beautiful or ugly, and even sweet or bitter, everything is based on your view. Your perception. End philosophical tangent. Now back to food.
My goal of this blog is sevenfold:
My aim is to make sweet eats a little less stressful. No you don’t need crazy ingredients or 3 days to make my recipes. College kid with a full schedule? New mom with ten-thousand and one things to do in a day? Whatever your situation is, my intent is that you are able to find recipes that are quick and uncomplicated, all while satisfying your sweet tooth cravings.
If you’ve read this far, thank you! I appreciate you immensely. This is a journey that I look forward to taking with you and for you. I began by sharing with you the belief I hold about food. Sweet Like Cocoa is built upon this belief, and built for those of you who hold the same perspective as I do about the magnificence of, well, food!