Hi! My name is Elena (Eh-LeH-NaH) and I am from a beautiful island you all know as Puerto Rico.
Raised in New York in a household of 8 I am the eldest daughter of Elena & Alejandro Martinez. My mother remarried when I was 5 and soon after came my 3 younger sisters and two step siblings. Raised in a mixed household (Puerto Rican/Ecuadorian/Colombian) I absorbed a fusion mixture of cuisine cooking.
I remember being four years old around the holidays when my mother thought I was old enough to start “guayando” yautía, green guineos and platanos verdes for my moms pastelles recipe she’d make for our traditional holiday events.
At 5, my kindergarten graduation present was learning how to make my “moro” a traditional blend of rice and beans in PR spices.
I must say… THANKS MOM! I wouldn’t be the cook I am today if it wasn’t for your persistent nagging about learning how to cook so “my husband doesn’t leave me” haha mom real funny… NOT! Now married with two girls of my own, I have passed those traditions onto my daughters.
My hobbies are… Blogging, Photography, Writing, Collecting Designer Shoes & Accessories, Cooking, Reading, Stalking the Williams-Sonoma Website, Traveling, Sightseeing, AeroGardening, EXTREME Coupon Clipping (You know… for the sake of designer shoes) And Being a Tourist & Food Critic In My Beautiful City of New York.
I hope you enjoy the ride with me as I embark on this adventurous culinary journey…