If you are looking for a wide variety of recipes like Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Shallots, Ham and Cheese Stuffed Pumpkin Spice French Toast Waffles, or Peanut Butter and Pretzel Sandwich Cookies with Chocolate Ganache, then you really need to check out today’s Blogger Spotlight, Meseidy from The Noshery. I am obsessed with the little bit I know about Puerto Rican food, so I know I am going to be trying out some of Meseidy’s Puerto Rican recipes. I’m so happy to have her here today so that we can all learn a little bit more about her!
I’m Meseidy (Meh-say-dee). Wife and mother to three four-legged children (including an ornery Terrier). Graduate of Platt College Culinary Arts Institute. Landlocked Puerto Rican who must be within a five-mile radius of a plantain at all times.
I created The Noshery in 2008 after realizing how much my husband and I missed the food back home in Puerto Rico. Here you’ll find recipes that are always from scratch, ideas inspired by my travels, and cooking techniques I’ve learned along my journey from home-cook to chef—plus some life misadventures, DIY and craft tips, and doggie shenanigans thrown in to keep you on your toes.
And a Canon 5D Mark II camera is the accomplice in my evil plan to make your mouth water by the photos on your screen.
My dishes reflect life as a former military brat with a pinch from here and dash from there. But Puerto Rico and its authentic cooking will always be home. I love pairing interesting ingredients together and am always on a mission to create the perfect bite.
What inspired you to first start writing your blog?
The Noshery just kind of happened. Five years ago I had just gotten married and had some free time on my hands. I became obsessed with photography and cooking. So, I started a blog just to keep a record of my recipes. I never had any plans for it beyond that, but because of my blog I have met a ton of lovely people and had some great experiences.
Where do most of your recipes come from?
I get a lot of inspiration from looking through magazine, blogs & cookbooks. I also tend to get fixated on an ingredient that I want to work with, so I look it up in my copy of “The Flavor Bible” and get ideas from the ingredient list.
What is your favorite recipe posted on your blog?
It’s an oldie but a goodie. One of my favorite recipes is my “Pastelon” recipe. It’s kind of like a Puerto Rican lasagna, using sweet plantains in place of noodles. I love it because it reminds me of home and it’s freaking amazing. The perfect balance of sweet and savory, right in the kisser. I love it so much I even made it into a pizza.
If you could invite any 3 people to dinner – living or dead – who would you choose?
Abraham Lincoln – Kind of have a weird crush on him.
John Candy – Because he is hilarious.
Julia Childs – I know cliché, but how can I not?
What kind of camera/lens/equipment do you use?
I shoot with a Canon 5D MarkII, which I lay in a cradle every night. 😉 I mainly use a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens and I always have my tripod on hand just in case.
Is there a dish that you are known for?
My husband’s family always asks me to make my Spanish Bean soup. It’s made with chicken broth, chickpeas, Andouille sausage, onions and potatoes. Heck, now I want to make it.
If you could travel anywhere in the world – just for the food – where would you go?
I would go Spain! No doubt, no debate. I am dying to go back to what I refer to as the motherland. It also helps that I speak the language.
Is there anything you would not ever eat?
I think I can honestly say no. I will try anything once. It doesn’t mean I will eat it again but I will defiantly try it. Yes, this includes insects and offal. In fact not to long ago a revamp my mother’s recipe for trotters stew. That’s pigs feet if you where wondering and it was delicious!
If you could cook alongside any other blogger for a day, who would you choose?
Eeek! There are so many to choose from! I have already had the pleasure making homemade mozzarella with Bake at 350, She Wears Many Hats, Add a Pinch, The Pioneer Woman, Foodie with Family, Wenderly, Georgia Pellegrini and Reluctant Entertainer.
I think it would be fun to cook with Jessica from How Sweet It is. She is so funny and I love her food style.
What is your favorite part about blogging?
My favorite part about blogging is creating the recipe. I am happiest when I am creating a new recipe. I fixate on the ingredients, the perfect bite and even how it is plated. One time I spent over a week thinking about a Greek spin on spaghetti and meatballs.
Thanks, Meseidy! If you want to see more from Meseidy, here is where you can find her: