My name is Danya and this blog is all about my culinary adventures. I grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, and moved to British Columbia when I was a teenager. When I was younger, my favourite thing to do was watch my mom and my grandma cook. I remember coming home from school every day and watching Rachel Ray on the TV. I remember always wanting to help in the kitchen. I remember the moment I realized cooking is my passion. Years later, I ditched the geography degree I thought I wanted and packed up my life and went to culinary school. Best decision ever! After graduating, I moved to Germany for a six month stint at a catering company near the Black Forest.

If you’re wondering about the name of this blog, well… I LOVE CILANTRO! Okay, all jokes aside, the name actually stems from the fact that cilantro really is my favourite herb, but it also represents freshness, flavour, and growth. These are also the adjectives you could use to describe my style of cooking: “growth” because my culinary skills are always growing; “love” because I love cooking, food, and flavour, but also because I’ll occasionally be blogging about things I love, like gardening, my cats, and travel.

The recipes in my blog will often be derived from recipes that inspire me; there will also be recipes I created, like my favourite tomato sauce – (I came up with it when I was about 11). I will also post a few recipes I´ve fallen in love with at work and at school. I may also share a few of my favourite traditional Jamaican recipes.

Thanks for stopping by, I really hope you enjoy my blog! 🙂




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