Hi I’m Ruthy and I love adventure, international travel, food, stories, and laughing with strangers.
This blog is where I get to mix them all together and hopefully inspire you to cook up your own adventures – in your kitchen and your life!
Cookin’ Up Adventures was born after my first three week trip to Thailand many years ago. Until that point the only Thai dish I had eaten was Pad Thai. I’m not the most adventurous eater, so I resigned myself to eating Pad Thai for lunch & dinner every day for 3 weeks. Ugh
In Chiang Mai I signed up for a cooking class and learned about some of the ingredients that make up most of Thai cooking: lemongrass, Kaffir lime, fish sauce, chili, plus some familiar ingredients like basil, ginger, shallot, and garlic.
Then my cooking teacher told me at a restaurant I can always request to have chili or any ingredient I didn’t like removed from my dish. I let out a sigh of relief knowing the next two and half weeks were going to be a gastronomic breeze!
When I got back home, I shared some of the dishes I had learned to make with loved ones and it was much more fun than bringing back a mini buddha, even a silk scarf – which I did as well. Sharing a foreign meal at home was a super fun way to both relive and share the trip with others.
I also realized that if I, who LOVE international travel, am concerned about what I’m going to eat in a foreign country, it’s no wonder so many Americans don’t venture far from the US border.
From that trip on, I’ve brought a video camera on most of my international trips. My goal is to find a family who will let me into their home kitchen to teach me how to make their typical local dish.
I’ve filmed myself learning to cook Pad Thai in Bangkok, Lomo Saltado in Peru, Ajiaco in Colombia, and even Fried fish on Easter Island. I’ll be editing some of those old episodes and sharing them with you. Hopefully that’ll motivate me to get back on the road again.
Since I’m not traveling abroad at the moment, I will be seeking out immigrant families in the US to teach me how to cook in their kitchens.
The unfamiliar and unknown scares me. But it can also be an exciting adventure. My goal with this website is to bring some international adventure into my regular life, and in sharing what I learn, I hope to inspire you to try more “exotic” dishes and bring more adventure into your world – whatever that looks like for you.