Hi. My name is Sophie. Ever since sixth grade, I’ve loved to write, and I’ve wanted to be a kid author. I knew that I had a chance. I have a special gift. “A way with words” is how I think of it. So I began to write fiction books. I wrote one book individually and am currently in the middle of the second book in my series. I also collaborated with a close friend of mine on some books as well. But lately, I haven’t been into my books. I haven’t been writing as often as I normally did, so I decided to take a break from my books and maybe even stop completely. I decided to write a part 2 to the life story I’d written when I was 11, but I only write in it occasionally, when important things happen to me. I also wrote some inspirational speeches both individually and with a friend, but I’m beginning to get tired from that, too. I want to continue, but I’m just not into it as much. Then, inspiration struck. My friend gave me the idea to be a kid journalist and possibly grow up to be an author as an adult. So I got to work. I’ve been on the school newspaper since I discovered my love of writing. Two years of reporting gave me a decent amount of experience. I also enjoy observing my surroundings, which is a big help in the field of journalism, and I wrote for my camp newspaper for a two week period. So I’ll be thinking of ideas to write articles, and I will be working in every field of journalism I choose. I’ll be staying alert, looking for newsworthy stories everywhere. So stay updated for my articles. You’ll be very interested to know what I have to say.
Also, ever since I was in elementary school, I’ve loved to cook and bake. I first started out helping my mom and sister, following the recipe on the back of the cookie, brownie, cupcake, or cake mix, but I was never an adventurous eater. I thrived on grilled cheese sandwiches and store bought fish sticks and chicken nuggets because I had and still have so many medical issues, some of which have to do with eating since I had a feeding tube in my stomach when I was little, and I guess I didn’t really get much exposure to new foods or opportunities to try them. When I did, I would turn down the offer, or I would try it, and end up not liking it. On occasion, I would eat roasted chicken that my mom ordered in or something because chicken was one of the only real foods I ate, and that was that. Even then, those grilled cheese sandwiches are one of the only things I actually made for myself because all I had to do was toast two slices of bread with American cheese on them in the toaster, and stick them together. Surprisingly, that grilled cheese, along with the fish sticks and chicken nuggets, are still a part of my list of food favorites because with schoolwork and extracurricular activities 10 months a year, I’m often lazy, too lazy to actually cook real food. Anyway, at Nassau BOCES this summer, I took a two week Introduction To Culinary course. It was so much fun. I got the chance to work with professional chefs in a real kitchen, and I learned a lot about cooking. The class has inspired me. Now, I love experimenting with food and different flavor combinations, and ever since then, I’ve been obsessed with creating my own recipes; they’ve come out pretty good so far. I’m in love with venturing out of my comfort zone on occasion, and I’m willing trying new foods that I see made on TV or that just randomly pop into my head.
Additionally, I have a mild case of cerebral palsy, and I think cooking just centers me and makes me feel good and helps me forget about all of my life’s problems just like hanging out with life skills kids does, which I also having a passion for. When I grow up, I want to be a special education teacher. Anyway, you know, that’s why my mom signed me up in the first place: I had gotten heel cord and hamstring releases to repair my toe walking, so she didn’t want me to be bored sitting around all summer even though I was in walking casts. It was after that surgery that I just fell in love, and it’s because of that experience that I want to show people that anyone can cook. We’re all differently abled, whether we have a disability or not, but we all have talents in us, and for me, this is one of mine. I have slight fine motor issues, so it was just a miracle that I could work with a real chef’s knife, for Pete’s sake, but I did. My walking casts added an additional difficulty when it came to getting around and working because it was a little uncomfortable at times, but I got through it. That’s why I want to inspire people to do what they love no matter their abilities or disabilities. Maybe they’ll discover a new talent like I did.
So, I’ll also be posting my recipes, some inspired by Ree Drummond from Pioneer Woman as well as other Food Network stars (or Food Network star kids). Feel free to try them out. I’m sure you’ll be amazed by your magical meals. My dietary needs might limit me to eating certain things, but that doesn’t mean my food is necessarily unhealthy or bad-tasting. Whether good for you or not so good for you, my food will easily be able to brighten you’re mood, even when you’re down.
I think I’m very kind to others and always lend a helping hand to those in need. With my cooking, I like to be creative, and give it a little edge. My cooking style is comfort food with my own unique and personal spin, simple, yet sophisticated home cooking. My favorite cuisine other than American food is Asian, and I definitely prefer cooking savory dishes over sweet, but there are still plenty of times when I’ll make dessert. When I’m in the kitchen, I feel very confident. With my writing, I like to be imaginative when I’m telling fictional stories and describing characters and events. Even when I’m writing nonfiction, I’m still able to turn my information from plain and boring into something interesting for my readers to enjoy. In addition, I often like to express my feelings in my work and teach life lessons throughout because I’ve suffered through many hardships in my life, and I think it’s good for people to know how to handle issues similar to what I’ve been through. Some of my best pieces are very deep and insightful, inspirational, philosophical even, you might say. It’s these tough times in my life that shape who I am, my writing, and my cooking. So, without further ado, introducing: “The Mince Master”. That’s me!!!!!