Welcome, y’all! I’m Myra, a scientist with a love for cooking and sewing. I’m here to inspire you (1) to cook easy & tasty & healthy meals from scratch using whole foods, and (2) to sew your own handmade wardrobe. If you love cooking and sewing as much as I do, you’ll feel right at home here. Wanna know more? Keep reading!
I’m a thirty-something (coffee-addicted) cognitive neuroscientist and this little corner of the web began as a creative project just for myself. Cooking and sewing were the two things that helped me keep my sanity while completing my PhD (*cough*… and wine… lots of it!), and this blog right here was my happy place when I first moved from New Zealand to Canada to complete a postdoctoral fellowship.
Still curious? In 2013, while collecting data for a research study, I’ve met my husband Chris in Europe (great story for another day!). We now live in the U.S. where I’m a university professor (keeping busy with research & teaching!). Also, we recently moved to a gorgeous farm just outside of town to enjoy a slower pace of life with animals and organically grown vegetables. If you can’t find me in my kitchen or sewing room, I will most likely be somewhere around the stables pampering my horse (yes, she’s very spoiled!).
Anyway, that’s me in a nutshell. As you may have noticed, my cooking & sewing is inspired by all the different places I’ve lived in and been to. It’s been quite the journey so far and I promise to keep you all up to date on what’s going on behind the scenes.
My main focus is on food since it’s still waaay quicker to cook a meal from scratch than to sew a garment from scratch BUT there will be plenty of sewing projects along the way (promise!). I always aim to provide you with inspiring recipes and sewing projects once or twice a week (sometimes less though!). If you’re new here and need a place to get started, check out some of my most popular posts:
- Vegan Banana Bread
- Chai Latte Overnight Oats
- Crispy Smashed Potatoes
- Sewing Pattern Weights (Tutorial)
- Tofino Pants by Sewaholic
- Emil Hoodie by Zierstoff
I believe in recipes that inspire you to cook from scratch (not complicate your life!). Like you, I’m busy. That’s why most of my recipes are quick & easy to prepare in under 30 minutes using simple ingredients that you are likely to have in your pantry. All of my recipes fall into at least one of these three categories:
- Healthy Food: Recipes packed with veggies.
- Quick & Easy Food: Recipes that require 30 minutes or less to prepare.
- Comfort Food: Recipes everyone will love.
THE SEWING PROJECTS
When I’m not cooking, you can find me at my sewing table or daydreaming about new sewing projects. I am such a fabric addict and I have a huge stockpile of sewing patterns (anyone else?!). I love independent sewing patterns and some of my favourite designers are listed below:
- For Men: Thread Theory, Seamwork
- For Women: République du Chiffon, Pauline Alice, Papercut, Tilly and the Buttons, Sew Over It
- For Kids: Poppy & Jazz, Lybstes, Compagnie M.
CONNECT WITH ME
Wanna be friends? I’d love to connect with you on social media. Find me on Instagram and Pinterest to get more cooking and sewing inspiration OR subscribe for email updates (sign-up form in sidebar!) to keep in touch and never miss a post. You will get the latest recipes and sewing projects straight to your inbox.
If you have any questions (or just want to say hi!), feel free to send me a message via my contact form, email me at [email protected], or simply leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you and I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you stay a while.