About

about me

Hello everyone. Welcome to my blog.

My name is Olivia and I am originally from Brazil, but I have lived in Canada with my French-Canadian husband Pierre. He is my official recipe tester and also the editor of this blog.

I help people to make more homemade food and healthier dishes. Here you will find a variety of recipes that are fast, simple, delicious and of course nutritious, without sacrificing flavor because I am a strong believer that healthy food can be as delicious as any other food. I encourage you to visit my breakfast, dinner, lunch, salads and special diets sections to make healthy and nutritions recipes in your kitchen. You will see that cooking does not have to be complicated. In fact, it can be fun.

Why did I become interested in cooking healthier?

I got inspired and encouraged to learn how to cook healthier and fresh dishes after my husband discovered that his glycemic level and blood pressure were very high. From that point, we decided to change our eating habits by avoiding white carbs, refined sugar and trans fat as much as possible. I also become more curious about food and what we should be eating or not eating. I love to read and research about this topic and my sister, who is a nutritionist, helped me understand a lot more about nutrient functions as well. After all that homework, I am glad that eating healthier has paid off since my husband now is back to his normal levels of glycaemia and blood pressure, and I realized how important it is to eat quality food.

What is my cooking style? 

I try to cook using nutritious ingredients, healthy fats and natural sugar options whenever possible. I love to cook simple, tasty and healthy dishes, but sometimes you will see a few indulging recipes here and there, because “occasionally everyone needs to splurge” like my husband always says. You will see an influence of North America culinary and as well Brazilian culinary in my cooking since I grew up tasting all the tropical ingredients and flavours from Brazil. I also love to cook seafood because I used to live in a city by the beach in Brazil where fish, shrimp, and mussels are a very strong part of the Brazilian diet. Brazilian culinary has delicious seafood stews that are to die for. I can’t forget about the bean stews, which is a Brazilian lunch and we eat it almost every day with rice, salad and a variety of meats. You will see many recipes using these ingredients in my blog, besides, of course, lots of vegetables. Beyond that, I love spices of any kind. I just think everything tastes better with spices. Another important thing for me is to keep my recipes seasonal and local when accessible and affordable.

Why the blog is called Primavera Kitchen?

I came up with the name Primavera Kitchen because I would like a name that I could combine a Portuguese word (my first language is Portuguese) and English. But I also wanted a Portuguese word that was known in North America. I thought “Primavera” would be a great name because it is a name in many popular dishes like Primavera Pasta, which is made with fresh vegetables and pasta. Nowadays, there are more variations of this recipe like Primavera Risotto or Primavera Pizza. I like this word because it is not only a Portuguese word, but Spanish and Italian as well. It came from Latin and it means spring. So, the star of the primavera dishes is the vegetables themselves, and they are the focus of my cooking style as well. And to me kitchen symbolizes the heart of the house, the place where we can cook, eat, laugh, entertain and where we spend most of our time with our loved ones. Together these two words represent a place where delicious, fresh and healthy recipes are cooked and shared with love.                                                      

What do I do when I am not in the kitchen?

a noiteIn addition to cooking, I love spending time with my husband, hanging out with my family and friends, practicing yoga, going for long walks, visiting farms, going to the movies, eating out to try different kinds of food, being in contact with nature, read, listen to instrumental music, travel, go to concerts and take photographs. I love living in Canada even though I do miss Brazil, my family, friends and sunny days all year long. Besides that, I really enjoy going to Montreal to visit my Canadian family (my in-laws) because  there is nothing better than being around the people you love and who care about you. I also graduated in Modern Languages in Brazil, I have a Masters Degree in Linguistics and teaching is something that I am really passionate about.

Do you want to stay in touch?

If you have any specific questions regarding a recipe, please comment on the recipe posts. It is the best place for me to answer any questions because other readers may have a similar question and this will help everyone. I always respond to every comment I receive because it is really important to me. But if you have any additional questions, please contact me by email on my contact page. And if you don’t want to miss any delicious recipes that I will post in this blog, please subscribe to my newsletter. You also can “like” Primavera Kitchen on Facebook to access all my recipe posts in your feed, and follow along on Twitter. Come say hello and find Primavera Kitchen as well on Pinterest, Google + and Instagram to connect further!

You can also take a look at my recipes food gallery on the following websites: 

Foodgawker

Tastespotting

Finding Vegan

Healthy Aperture

I am very thankful you have stopped by and took some time to check out my blog. I hope you enjoy Primavera Kitchen as much as I do and it inspires you to find joy in your kitchen.