Nathalie’s cooking style

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  • Give a little introduction of yourself. Do you live on or off campus? Do you live with your parents?

My name is Nathalie and I am a LOVER of delicious food. I graduated not too long ago but I was leaving with family members the whole time. Ironically, I learned how to cook the Haitian way when I moved to NY because I couldn’t bare the taste of “American food”.

  • Tell me about your diet

I don’t have a particular diet. I literally eat everything now but certain seafood. Lately I’ve been adding more veggies in my groceries list so let’s say that my diet got a little healthier.

  • What value do you give food?

I grew up in a family where we ate together every Sunday and most Saturdays. My mother, for as long as I can remember, always had the whole family over to eat and we always had a blast. So yes, food is a necessity but to me  it’s the perfect excuse for gatherings.

  • What is your cooking style?

I am convinced that the way you put your food together, the proportions and sides make a huge difference in the degustation of the meal.  I like to pair things that complement each other (to me) and love having a lot of colors in my plate.

  • Do you follow a specific cuisine?

At this point I think it’s safe to say that I do. Even if I’m cooking a Mexican or Cuban meal I’m going to seasoned my meat or cook my rice the Haitian way. It’s really hard, nearly impossible for me to follow recipes.

  • What is your favorite meal to cook?

Definitely baked chicken or spare ribs/ fried plantains/ white rice with black or green beans or “diri djondjon” and steamed broccoli or beets.

  • Do you make a weekly menu to facilitate your grocery shopping?

Sometimes. I would end up buying the whole store if I didn’t because I always think I need everything.

  • If you don’t cook, what’s your go to meal on campus?

Baked Chicken, potatoes and steamed broccoli.

  • Do you have any tips for anyone living off campus?

If you have a busy schedule, when ever you have some time on your hands, cook for at least 3 days and store it in your fridge or freezer.

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