Tell us a little a bit about yourself
Name Lucas Hobbs.
Job: Aerospace Business Strategist
Family: Wife & 2 kids: Camryn (7) and Sebastian (3)
Interests: Music – Listening: Heavy Metal, Hard Rock. Music – Playing: Guitar & Singing. Cooking. Teaching. Collecting Quirky Socks from my Daughter.
When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging to document my journey learning to cook which started in Nov 2018 after watching “The Final Table” on Netflix. I was inspired by a specific chef – Charles Michel – and became determined to learn how to cook.
What do you write about in your blog? Your case, Instagram
I started by documenting my early learning of basic knife skills, how to make simple soups, cooking omelets, and doing a very poor job of plating my food. Now I blog to share my cooking, recipes, and plates in hopes that they motivate others to see healthy eating in a new light.
What does food mean to you?
Food is life – and not just literally in that it helps us survive. There’s a very real human experience that comes from deeply interacting with food. It allows us to both give a gift to ourselves and to others, brings communities together, and creates happiness.
What’s your favorite meal? Could you share the recipe?
If I’m being honest – Coffee with cream (not sure that counts). Otherwise, it’s a “Keto Bowl” (Recipe for a bowl, filling & garnish below)
Bowl: 2 oz Shredded mozzarella, ¼ cup Almond Flour, ½ tsp Xanthan Gum
Melt cheese, mix ingredients, press flat (I use my Uno Casa cast Iron tortilla press!!!)
Drape dough over the greased bottom of an oven-safe bowl and bake 375 for 10 mins – or golden brown & crispy
Let cool for 5 minutes, remove from mold, set aside for filling
Filling (cooked while the bowl is baking): 3-4 oz seasoned ground beef, 1 oz any preferred cheese, 1 tbsp chopped onion (sautéed), diced cilantro stems
Cook ground beef & onions together, mix in cilantro stems after the meat is browned. Toss for 1 minute on the heat. Add cheese and cook until barely melted. Remove from heat and place filling in bowl
Topping: 1 Tbsp homemade crème fraiche or sour cream, cilantro leaves, 1 fried egg yolk
Separate egg yolk from white and fry in a pan for 1-2 minutes (until the bottom is firm and can be lifted without breaking)
Homemade crème Fraiche:
1 cup heavy crème, 2-3 tbsp buttermilk
Mix and leave at room temperature for 24 hours. Put in fridge to set.
Place yolk on top of meat and cheese filling, add cream, cilantro and finish with a dollop of chili foam
I’m sure there’s a simpler way to write this up, I’m no recipe expert – sorry about that.
What are the 3 products that should be in everyone’s kitchen?
Food: Heavy Cream, Onion, Olive Oil
Kitchen tools: Basics: Rubber Whisk, Chef’s Knife, Rubber Spatula. Less basic essentials: Wooden cutting board, Dough Press (any kind for quick rolling dough), Stick or Immersion Blender.
What would be that one meal leaving everyone speechless?
A perfect mid-rare filet mignon, sautéed greens (preferably asparagus), and garlic butter.
Do you have any grocery shopping tips? How to save money and still eat healthy and tasty?
Don’t buy prepared foods. High food cost comes from paying others for convenience. Also, buy fresh vegetables as needed – not bulk. Lastly, learn to make soup – so many leftovers (veggies, chicken bones, cooked meat, herbs) can be transformed into a soup that feeds us for days, rather than being thrown away and causing us to buy even more food to replace it.
We are what we eat. Yay or nay?
Yay – how can we possibly be anything else ☺. What we put inside is reflected on the outside, physical and mental.
Thanks for sharing your story, Lucas! Follow him on Instagram for keto recipes @ketocrazycook