HELLO, MY NAME IS SANDRA!
My name is Sandra Rocha Evanoff. I was born in the Bahia region of northern Brazil. I was introduced to the kitchen at a young age while assisting my mother in the small bed and breakfast she operated. I learned about fresh foods from my father who operated a fruit market. Here began my exposure to healthy eating as we prepared foods we had grown ourselves.
When I was a teen, we moved to the metropolis of Sao Paulo. I was exposed to many new spices which peaked my interest in new tastes. I experimented with recipes, using my friends as subjects by preparing meals for small dinner parties. When I began my university studies, I started a small take out business called “Feijoada to Go,” preparing the most traditional dish of Brazilians. This taught me the process of food delivery and helped me earn money to help finance my studies. I had an opportunity to study briefly with a famous Italian chef. My interest in international cuisines grew as I was able to travel around the world. I obtained a B.A. in International Relations. However, cooking was my passion.
I eventually relocated to the United States. Living in the Pacific Northwest near Seattle has allowed me an exposure to a nice variety of seafood. This has provided me an opportunity to continue developing my food preparation skills. Although I am far from my native country, I have been able to find products allowing me to prepare the traditional dishes of Brazil. All the while I have maintained a focus on bringing fresh healthy foods to the table.
A good cook is like an artist, mixing colors and mediums while experimenting to produce a beautiful picture. Cooking is about taking time at the market to find just the right ingredients for your recipes. It is about understanding the quality of foods by knowing the right textures, colors, and aromas. It is about enjoying the cutting of the onions and garlic. It is about putting your passion into your cooking. The cook can then achieve the goal of creating healthy and enjoyable meals.
OUR ULTIMATE GOAL IS BRING YO TO THE KITCHEN TO EAT FRESH AND HEALTHY!
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