I guess you could say I have a problem following instructions. That I sometimes have trouble accepting recipes as written, or resisting the urge to throw in some random ingredients from my pantry or fridge.
You might say this stems from a love of shortcuts or a disdain for conformity. Maybe you’d say it stems from a good dose of over-confidence and a refusal to believe that another way is better than My Way. I believe it stems from an absolute passion for making and sharing the best food possible and doing it in a way that works for me.
As undeniable as my love of baking is, I do try to eat relatively healthily the rest of the time to compensate for the treats I love to make. In a lot of the recipes I make, I swap out certain ingredients in an attempt to make the food I really want to eat a little better for me and my family — I like to make things as healthy as possible without compromising on flavor. There are also times when I just don’t have what’s called for in a recipe and I’m forced to improvise, or I simply just refuse to do an entire load of dishes for one recipe.
I started The Recipe Rebel to share easy, mostly healthy, fun and creative recipes for the whole family with other food lovers and home cooks. I don’t like to take food too seriously, and along with recipes for every day you’ll find some extravagant treats that I make just for fun. I’m a firm believer in enjoying the food you want in moderation.
As a lover of food, I have a confession to make: I don’t think I have ever sifted my dry ingredients. I am probably not going to beat my eggs before adding them to the mixer. And sometimes my butter gets a little soft or my egg whites don’t get whipped.
With a preschooler and a baby, most of the recipes I make are no fuss and minimal dishes, because I’m pretty sure there are others like me who look at an ingredient list 18 lines long and immediately close the page. I just don’t have time for that!
The important thing, to me, is that my food is made to share with the people I love, and that they love the food I feed them. I know there are some classically trained chefs who would cringe at what they’ve read here, but I haven’t had any classically trained chefs at my dinner table lately, so it doesn’t worry me too much. I focus on making dinner time interesting, flavorful, and low stress.
I would love for you to join me on this journey! I promise to give you an honest look inside my kitchen, and I’ll even cook some vegetables to make up for the amount of flour and sugar you will inevitably find here.
Thanks for stopping in,
Who is Ashley?
I am a high school teacher from Manitoba, Canada. I’m married and have two beautiful girls, and I don’t live near any city that most of you would be able to place on a map — I prefer it this way. I love living in the country and being surrounded by space and trees and wildlife.
Most days, you’ll find me in the kitchen with a baby hugging my legs and a preschooler running circles around me while I line every baking dish I own in tin foil in an attempt to cut down on dishes, sipping a cold cup of coffee, and loving every minute.
I started this blog as a place to keep track of the things that come out of my kitchen, and to hopefully inspire a few of you to try something new in yours. I would love to hear what’s inspiring you in the kitchen!