Hi, my name is Bartholomew Gommesen.
Ever since I started cooking when I was ten years old, I have been searching for ways to make things healthier, and more enjoyable.
Being the third oldest of 11 children gave me a lot of responsibility and I wanted to make sure that my siblings were as healthy as they could be. Since I was Homeschooled, I was able to pursue my interest, by focusing on learning and applying cooking and baking skills while I was still in highschool.
I also learned to work around various food sensitivities in our family. Including gluten free, dairy free and low sugar baking.
Eventually I went to culinary school and spent the past 12 years in the food service industry. I have enjoyed the experience of serving people one of life’s basic needs, and I have seen how food can be used to celebrate special occasions, to get to know people, and sometimes just to sustain life.
I have refined some of my skills over the years, and I have learned that sometimes the simplest forms of cooking and baking can be the best. Cooking is a skill that requires constant practice and learning. I still make mistakes everyday but they are only opportunities to learn.
It has always bothered me that food can have harmful effects. It can add unwanted pounds, weaken immune systems, or cause more severe chronic illness. On the other hand, it is amazing how eating whole natural foods can prevent or reverse these problems.
God gave us food for our pleasure and to use to bring glory back to Himself. Good nutritionally dense food, whole foods, prepared with love, is an experience to be savored and remembered. It is food that speaks to us of a shared experience. Gratefulness to God for providing it, and gratefulness to the person, or persons that prepared it.
Currently I live with my parents and siblings on a small hobby farm we call Bailey Acres Farms, where we have raised animals and gardened for the past fourteen years. I work in Grand Rapids Michigan at a retirement living home as a cook.
My mission in writing this blog is to help you fit whole foods into your whole life. I write about my experiences growing, preparing, storing, and learning about food. As well as a few other related topics.