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Food Hoarder + Recipe Lover + Kitchen Hermit
My name is Hanady Awada and I am what some would consider to be someone who enjoys being in the kitchen. My cooking is inspired by a quote that I read in The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten:
Food is not about impressing people. In fact it’s just the opposite: it’s about making them feel comfortable.
Walk past my house and I bet you’ll see me in the window, dicing, whisking or stirring up something delicious. I love when neighbors pop in because of the smells wafting out the kitchen window. Some take a bite, others take the recipe, while a few special people get to take a dish of whatever’s cooking home with them.
My husband and I have 3 children who we’ve dragged along from continent to continent until we landed here, in Shanghai in December 2013. But our story doesn’t start in Shanghai…
Our first expat assignment took us to Europe. We lived in Nuremberg, Germany from January 2008- October 2009. This was when my interest in cooking really began. Since I couldn’t read the German directions on boxed foods, I learned quickly I would have to forgo boxed meals for homemade meals. We cherished our time in Germany, but we returned to our hometown, Toledo, Ohio less than 2 years later.
After a couple of years in Toledo, we packed our home up once again for a new adventure in London, UK.
I made lots of amazing friends in London. My home was conveniently located on the way to school for the neighborhood families. The location was convenient for getting the kids to school on time, but it also meant that my new friends and neighbors could stop by for a chat and bite to eat anytime. Not to mention that living in London meant online grocery shopping. I could easily and quickly order ingredients online, so I never had to panic when I opened the pantry only to find I didn’t have a much needed ingredient.
London was fun! Obviously! But as they say All Good Things Must Come to an End. That fun ended after only 11 1/2 months.
Our next adventure? Shanghai, China!
My first reaction (which lasted for a full 9 months after moving here) was how long is this going to last? I felt like I always had one hand reaching for my suitcase ready to get on the first plane to get me out of here. Yet, after a while and after meeting some amazing people, I began to feel at home here. In August of 2015, Shanghai was quickly becoming our longest residence outside of the US and with no end in sight, I decided to finally do what everyone had been bugging me to do since Germany.
Start a blog.
I started RecipeNomad in August of 2015 on a boring night, after a recipe I found online ended up being a complete disaster. Since then I’ve blogged all sorts of yummy dishes and even a couple of recipe fails. What began as a fun hobby has quickly become a big part of my everyday life. Searching for recipes online and in my library of cookbooks, each meal, each dish is an opportunity to connect my life with friends and family all over the world.
In December 2015, I was hired by Shanghai Family Magazine to write the monthly Recipe File, with a Recipe Nomad original recipe and even attend a food photo shoot!
As much as I love to cook, I love the adventure of living in Shanghai. Step outside of our gated compound and you’ll see the heartbeat of the city in the fruit/vegetable market, on the road and along the sidewalk. From popping popcorn on an open fire to buckets full of mystery meat, it’s been an enriching experience. You never know what you will encounter and that’s what makes this city so addicting!
I hope you enjoy reading my blog as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. Your comments, likes and shares are always appreciated. And hey, if you have a recipe that you would like to share with me I would love that too!