Hey there! So if you are a little bit curious about who Chichi is, I will give you a quick (hopefully not boring) history of who I am, and how I came about doing a food blog.
Why Chichi? And is that my real name?
No, it’s not my real name….my name is Charlene. My friend came up with that nickname one day when I was visiting him at the bar, I was obsessed with the Body Shop’s perfume in coconut, so when he asked me what I wanted to drink, he looked in his cocktail book and came across a coconut cocktail called Chichi….and from then my close friends call me Chichi.
I was a flight attendant (based in Montreal) with too much spare time on my hands. This is how Chichilicious was born. I have always had a passion for cooking but I knew very well I did not want to do it as a career, it was simply a hobby, and having worked in the restaurant business throughout my college years confirmed that I did not want to be a chef. I would much rather cook for my loved ones, host dinner parties, and make goodies for celebrations.
So as an amateur home cook my life became a lot more challenging when I met my boyfriend. His taste for food was extremely limited. How limited you ask? Let’s see where to begin; I will give you the “favs” list since it’s a lot shorter; Chicken breast, pizza, burgers, and poutine. Finally, after 8 1/2 years of tweaking, and testing many many recipes, he has learned to appreciate food more and now I have a good list of recipes that I turn to for a day to day basis, recipes that I have made my own, and healthier fast food favorites.
Keep in mind that I am by far not a professional or have had any training, but here at Chichilicious you will find recipes that I tested till perfected to my tastes, or shall I say to boyfriends taste. Everyone has their own tastes and opinions, and something that I find delicious will not be for others and vice versa. I started this blog as a place to store all my recipes, and to share it with friends/family. Eating delicious food with the people you love is the ultimate joys of life. Bon appétit!
Fast Forward to 2020 – Life Update
Time really flies! I still can’t believe 8 years has passed since I started chichilicious, 15 years with the once picky eater. Who is not so picky now, you can even say he has developed a sophisticated taste.
Even though I am still doing this part-time, it’s gotten harder in the last 2 years to make the time to post recipes or blogs due to startling news that we were having twin girls, as if that wasn’t stressful enough we had to sell our house, buy a bigger home and then we had to renovate the entire kitchen and first floor! So life has been quite an adventure.
The twins are now 15 months and will begin daycare soon, I will be returning to work at the airport, not as a flight attendant, I retired from that job 3 years ago. All this to say that I will try my best to post as often as I possibly can but if I don’t please don’t hold it against me, I have my hands full! Literally.