“Hello, and welcome to ‘Gimme Yummy’!
I’m Gina, a proud mother, a passionate cook, an inspired baker, an educator, and your guide to delectable, easy-to-make dishes. Born and raised in the vibrant city of Cuenca, Ecuador, I found my new home in Toronto, Canada, in 2006. The journey from Ecuador to Canada has been nothing short of an exciting culinary adventure, blending the rich, traditional flavors of my homeland with the diverse, multicultural palate of Canada.
My first job in Toronto as a baker was the beginning of a beautiful romance with Canadian cuisine. Along the way, I pursued a degree in early childcare education from Mothercraft College and have been working part-time for the school board. This journey helped to shape the soul of ‘Gimme Yummy’.
At ‘Gimme Yummy’, I share my love for food and cooking, offering a peek into my kitchen where I create hearty meals for my family. The blog is an expression of my personal journey as a mother, wife, immigrant, and food enthusiast. It’s a space where I explore, create, and connect with fellow food lovers.
So, join me on this delicious journey, and let’s make our lives yummier together!”
Want to learn more about me?
Below is a bit more detail about my personal life and journey.
A Taste of Home
My story begins in the lively and spirited city of Cuenca, nestled in the heart of Ecuador 2,560 meters, or around 8,400 feet above sea level on top of the Andes mountain. Childhood memories brim with vibrant food markets, the familiar scent of traditional dishes wafting through the air, and the resonant laughter of family gatherings. The thread connecting all these memories? Food.
The Journey North
2006 marked a pivotal year, as I journeyed from the familiar landscapes of Ecuador to the expansive skyline of Toronto, Canada. My heart filled with hope, dreams, and a slight tinge of apprehension. But with newfound courage, the dream of building a new life in this unfamiliar land began to feel tangible. It was here, amidst the bustling city of Toronto, that I met the man of my dreams, who offered me love and support that solidified my belief that I had found my new home.
The Baker’s Apprentice
In the bustling metropolis of Toronto, my first job in Canada was a humble one, but it allowed me to tap into my love for food – a role as a baker. Each day brought a symphony of flavors, and the simple joy of kneading dough and creating baked wonders felt like home.
A Mother’s Love
Life blossomed beautifully when I welcomed my daughter into the world. Her birth marked a turning point, shifting my focus from being a wife and immigrant to the nurturing role of a mother. My heart expanded, filled with a love I had never known.
The Classroom and The Kitchen
Driven by my love for children and my desire to inspire, I ventured into the world of early childcare education, earning a degree from Mothercraft College. Balancing work with the school board and my time in the kitchen became a dance I perfected over time.
My passion for food, my journey as an immigrant, and the beauty of motherhood, all swirled into the creation of “Gimme Yummy”. The blog became an extension of myself, sharing my culinary adventures with the world. It became a place where I could explore, create, and connect with others through the universal language of food.
A Recipe for Life
In the dance between my roles – a mother, a wife, a baker, an educator, and a blogger – I found my rhythm. My life has been an amalgamation of flavors, cultures, roles, and experiences that I look forward to sharing with all of you.
So there you have it, my story, a story about a woman who immigrated with dreams and created a world of love, food, and education. Each recipe I share is a piece of this journey, crafted with love and the rich tapestry of my experiences.
I sincerely hope you enjoy trying these recipes as much as I have enjoyed creating them. Your presence and feedback on ‘Gimme Yummy’ add to the flavors of my story, making this journey even more fulfilling.
Remember, whether you’re here for a quick meal idea or to dive into the rich world of food, every comment, every shared recipe enriches this space. So, I invite you to cook, to share, and to enjoy this delicious journey with me.”