My name is Jon, and I spend much of my time in the kitchen, planning and preparing (almost always) delicious local meals. That time in the kitchen make me feel that I am a kitchener, but not a cook. My family and I buy local (100-miles) as much as we can. This means all produce and meat, as many grains as we can find locally, and anything else possible too! Not everything is grown here and I’m not a purist like the inspiring authors of the 100-Mile Diet, but I feel like most of what my family and I eat is produced in the 100-mile radius where we live. We live in Kitchener, Ontario, just over an hour from Toronto, about an hour-and-a-half from the Niagara area, and surrounded by beautiful farmland in almost every direction. It is a wonderful place to live!
I am 30 years old, but this will change. I am beginning to lose my hair, and I believe this will continue until it has run its course.
I have two young children, both boys, both full of energy, and this most likely will not change (although the number could).
I have a wonderful wife, and know that I am very lucky – that will not change.
I am a teacher by training (7+ years, does that make me a veteran yet?) but currently stay at home because I am an immigrant in this northern land and cannot (legally) work until I get residency. But even when/if I get residency I may not go back to work quite yet as there is plenty of work to be done here at home as The Kitchener and plenty of wonderful times to be had with these two boys of mine.
My favorite things to cook are bread and pizza. I may also add beer to that short list; it seems I have quite the interest in yeast and its potential to help create wonderful things in my kitchen. 100% local bread and pizza are possible in my kitchen, is beer? I hope to soon find out.
I like to be silly. I like to be serious too, but it seems most of the time I prefer to be silly. For some reason this quality in me does not always manifest itself in public. But sometimes it does. It just depends on my mood I guess. I haven’t felt too silly on the blog yet… but maybe in time….