my journey

Roseanne Romaine
Posted November 22, 2015 from United States
My Journey
Life in the Kitchen

My journey begins in my italian grandmothers kitchen. She was a beautiful and amazing woman. She spoke almost no english and I spoke no italian, somehow we still managed to understand each other completely. She was always in her kicthen, so as a small child I was always in her ktchen as well. There was always something cooking, always something to help with and of course always something to eat. The kitchen was always a happy warm place in my families home. I remember all my aunties kitchens, my great grandma roses kitchen and of course my moms kitchen. I feel like I have spent most of my life living, learning and loving in a kitchen. I had dreams of being a broadway musical star when I was a youngster and pursued my dreams in New York City. To help pay my way and my rent I did what all young artists do, I waited on tables. Living in New York City opened up an entire world of culture, style, music, dance, art and amazingly to me FOOD. Food that I had never imagined could be so varied, different and delicious! I spent several years studying and working in NY all the while paying my bills by working in restaurants. I was studying dance at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance when I met the father of my children. It was a very intense love and before I knew it I was off getting married and not dancing anymore. We spent several happy years being young and in love and living in NYC. We spoke about children and the next thing I knew I was pregnant with my first child, a beautiful son. NYC became difficult with a child, I was unable to afford any type of child care, I did not have family to help me out any longer and I could not work. I felt very alone and isolated. We made a decision to leave New York and come out to the Pacific North West. We drove all the way across this beautiful grand country. It was a tough journey with a two year old. We landed in Portland Oregon. I loved it immediately, and I still love it.We started a new life and once again I was working in a restaurant. I was 30 and knew I needed to not be a waitress any longer. I asked to take over the kitchen manager position that had come open and much to my surprise my Boss agreed. Then when our Pastry Chef left our baker took his position and I asked to take the assistants position. Once again ti my amazement my Boss said yes. This is where the journey to being a restaurant owner and pastry chef began. It has been over 25 years now that myself and my business partner have been working together. He was the assistant who took over the Pastry Chef position at my first job in Oregon, he trained me as a baker an we have been working together ever since. I am not able to go into a fully descriptive life journey here.My life has been so full of joy, tragidy, loss, love, change, oh I could go on and on.I will finish saying that this culinary journey has become intertwined with a health journey.I have been dealing with many diseases that my family has had. They can almost all be helped if not irradicated through a healthful diet. I also have come to realize that there are so many people suffering due to poor diets and lack of access to information and fresh food. I feel having been so blessed by the food industry that I need to give back. I want and need to help others learn and find ways to improve their lives through good eating habits, learned cooking skills, learned shoppping and planning skills, and knowledge on how to access fresh foods. This has become my new mission. I am just starting and I am looking for ways to further educate myself and ways to further help others.

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Bernadette Muyomi
Nov 23, 2015
Nov 23, 2015

Amazing! Amazing! My story with food is an interesting one. I love good food and cooking as well. The joke about my love for food and cooking is that I am only 49kgs. In 2010 I met a 65 year old arab woman in the Kenyan coast and she looked like she was in her 40s. We used to work together. When I inquired about her secret to healthy  living, she said it lied in eating healthy.

My problem with being petite is that sometimes you  get away  with eating all the wrong food because it doesnt reflect on my weight. That alone makes me keen on what I eat.

I am happy that my passion for eating good food has made me opt to invest in the food industry. I have hard this dream for a long time. Finally three months ago I began putting up  a small luxury  guest house so i can get a chance to have my own place, where I can make nice delicacies.

In the mean time I am collecting as many menus as I can so that one year from now, when the place is finally done, I will hopefully have something healthy and unique to showcase.

Krysie Bright
Nov 24, 2015
Nov 24, 2015

Wow! I love how you've been able to spend so much of your life in the kitchen, following your passions and reaching your goals. I find it especially wonderful how you and your grandmother communicated beyond words and how she made such an impact on your life.

Portland is a beautiful city, and I can't wait to hear of all the great things you will do to better our community. Have you tried getting connected with Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon?

Keep following your passions!

Roseanne Romaine
Nov 29, 2015
Nov 29, 2015

Hi Krysie, no I have not reached out to Partners for a hunger free oregon. I am currently volunteering for the OFB teaching their cooking  Matters courses. I wll take some time to check them out. Thanks for the kind words and encouragement.

Nov 30, 2015
Nov 30, 2015


Dear Roseanne Roman hello,

I am very pleased to hear your testimony oh so rich in teachings and living examples. This testimony confirms the World Pulse's assertion that, in any autobiographical Post one can learn many good things, provided we take the time and concentration required to read it.

I am particularly touched by your conclusion that you are now on a mission to help others [women and men] to promote their lives through good cooking habits, food, and access to healthy and fresh food ...; especially when you say that you will continue your education and help others to self-promoter. I Wish World Pulse hear you and help many women benefit a lot from your experience.

Your brilliant career which begins in a kitchen of your grandmother in Italy (with which you do not even speak the same language) reminds me of beautiful memories and again reinforces me in the idea that African kitchens like the one of your grandmother, are real training workshops, learning spaces, dream for the future, love, and strengthening ties between family members spaces.

In fact, your testimony recalls me two episodes of my life in Kagomba and in Kiliba during my young age.

At Kagomba, I remember the times when my mother’s kitchen was our real "living room". Around cooking pots on the fire, we shared meals, local information, programs between both I, my mother, my father, my sister and my young brother. I recall of that time as one of the wonderful moments of my life.

At Kiliba it was the same. I lived with one of my paternal uncles who was newly married and had children yet but Me. Around the fire, surrounding a pot and meals, we told stories, jokes and serious programs. I was studying in the 6th year of teaching humanities at the moment. Some evenings, my uncle and I were going to hunt partridges; birds we used to roast in evening around the fire, while we were dreaming of our futures. Today, owing to the fact of the refuge, the wife of my uncle lives in Australia with 4 of my cousins ​​and three of his grandchildren. Life is truly an adventure! Around the kitchen and fire at Kiliba, none of us could not imagine that it would be the wife of that uncle of mine who would go live in Australia! At that time no of us even knew what Australia looks like!

That is why extremists and xenophobes should know that we are all citizens of the one and whole world!

In short, rural African kitchens are ideal spaces of sharing good moments and small services around lunch; spaces to plan adventures, to love, to forgive, to love our jobs and be proud of them; and spaces to improve the lives of family members.

I think the main lessons that the World Pulse community should draw from your testimony would be that:

- Life is made of ups and downs, successes and failures, every woman and every women's organization should work hard and fight enough to ensure themselves a desired future, not a suffered one.

- Your time of betrothal, marriage, constraints and difficulties you faced in New York City as parent; and your successful life in OREGON should also serve them as good examples.

- Each of us inherits in one way or another from his family, dangerous precedents that can be either: bad habits, hereditary diseases, violent behavior, shyness, undernourishment habits (even if they became rich), extremism, cowardice...I think that these defects can be corrected through education and through seminars and other training sessions. These are the kind of behavior that as association actors, we need to correct. In Africa for example, we sometimes are surprised that farmers sell all their annual harvest at low prices and do nothing to save some for their diet. Because of lack of information and training, they slip into severe malnutrition shortly after the harvest periods. And so they live poor while they are rich! Hence the needs for training sessions and awareness concerning dietetics are real.

- Finally, Sex and housewife education always starts from an early age, through the conversation times and exchange between members of a family.

Once again thank you very much dear Roseanne, for your brilliant testimony

from which (I hope so), the World Pulse Women will learn how to face and overcome challenges; how to challenge when necessary; and how from a kitchen in Italy you have so victoriously moved from Italy to New York City; and how now you own a powerfull grocery store in Oregon. What a beautiful and good course!




Chère Roseanne Romaine bonjour,

Je suis très ravi d’entendre votre témoignage oh combien riche en enseignements et en exemple vivants. Ce témoignage me conforte dans l’affirmation de World Pulse selon laquelle, de tout récit autobiographique l’on peut apprendre beaucoup de bonnes choses, pourvu qu’on prenne le temps et la concentration nécessaires pour le lire.

Je suis tout particulièrement touché par votre conclusion selon laquelle vous vous êtes désormais donné comme mission d’aider les autres [femmes et hommes] à se promouvoir en adoptant de bonnes habitudes de cuisson, d’alimentation, d’accès à de la nourriture saine et fraiche… ; Spécialement lorsque vous dites que vous allez continuer à votre éduquer et à aider les autres à s’auto-promouvoir. Je crois que World Pulse apprendra et profitera beaucoup de votre expérience.

Votre brillant parcours qui commence dans une cuisine de votre grand-mère en Italie, (avec laquelle vous ne parliez même pas la même langue), puis dans les cuisines vos tentes et tatas ; évoque en moi des beaux souvenirs et me conforte encore dans l’idée que les cuisines africaines en l’instar de celle de votre grand-mère, sont des véritables ateliers de formations, des espaces d’apprentissage, de rêve pour l’avenir, d’amour et de renforcement des liens entre membres d’une famille.

En effet, votre témoignage me rappelle 2 épisodes de mon parcours à Kagomba et à Kiliba pendant mon jeune âge. A Kagomba, je me rappelle les moments où la cuisine de ma mère nous servait de véritable « living room », où autour des marmites au feu, nous partagions : repas, informations locales, programmes, rendez-vous… entre ma mère, mon père, ma sœur et mon petit frère. C’était un superbe lieu et un moment de : réunion, partage des joies, rapports et compte rendu de journées, réflexion sur les perspectives d’avenir… Je me rappelle de cette époque comme d’un des merveilleux moments de ma vie. A Kiliba, c’était la même chose. Je vivais chez un de mes oncles paternels qui était nouvellement marié et n’avait encore d’enfant que Moi. Autour du feu, d’une marmite et des repas, nous nous racontions des histoires, des blagues et des programmes sérieux. J’étudiais en 6ème année des humanités pédagogiques en ce moment. Certains soirs, mon Oncle et moi allions chasser des perdrix ; oiseaux que nous grillions les soirs autour du feu, pendant que nous rêvions de nos avenirs. Aujourd’hui, par suite du fait du refuge, la femme de mon oncle vie en Australie avec 4 de mes cousins et 3 de ses petits-enfants. La vie est réellement une aventure ! Autour de la cuisine et du feu, personne d’entre nous ne pouvait s’imaginer que ce serait la femme de cet oncle à moi qui irai vivre en Australie ! Nous ne savions d’ailleurs pas très bien ce que c’était l’Australie.

C’est pour cela que j’aime toujours dire Que les extrémistes et les xénophobes le veillent non, nous sommes tous citoyens de partout au monde, [que nous en ayons conscience ou pas].

Bref, la cuisine en milieu rural d’Afrique est un cadre idéal pour le partage des bons moments de déjeuner et de se rendre de petits services ; de planifient des aventures, de s’aimer, de se pardonner, d’aimer nos métiers et en être fier ; et de réfléchir sur les voies et moyens d’améliorer les conditions de vie des membres de la famille.

A mon avis les principales leçons que la communauté de World Pulse devrait tirer de votre témoignage seraient les suivantes :

La vie étant faite des hauts et des bas, des succès et des échecs,  chaque femme et chaque organisation de femmes doit travailler fort et lutter en vue de se garantir un avenir voulu et non un futur subi. Vos moments des fiançailles, du mariage, les contraintes et difficultés liées à votre état de parent vivant à NY ; votre déménagement pour OREGON et les succès de votre  Entreprise d’alimentation ; doivent également leur servir d’exemple. Chacun de nous tous hérite d’une manière ou d’une autre de sa famille, des antécédent dangereux qui peuvent être soit des : mauvaises habitudes, maladies héréditaires, comportements violents, timidités, des habitudes de sous-alimentation (même si l’on est devenu riche), des extrémismes, la lâcheté … Je pense que ces vices peuvent être corrigés par l’éducation et à travers des séminaires et autres séances de formation.  Voilà le genre de comportements qu’en tant qu’acteurs associatifs, nous nous devons de corriger. En Afrique par exemple, l’on s’étonne parfois de constater que des paysans vendent toutes leurs récoltes annuelles à bas prix et n’en épargnent rien pour leur alimentation. Par manque d’information et de formation, ils glissent dans la malnutrition sévère quelques temps après les périodes de récoltes ; et vivent pauvres tout en étant riches ! D’où la nécessité des séances de formation et de sensibilisation notamment sur la diététique. Enfin, L’éducation sexuelle et ménagère commence toujours dès le bas âge, à travers les moments de conversation et d’échange entre membres d’une famille.

Une fois de plus merci beaucoup chère Roseanne, pour votre brillant témoignage ; par lequel (je l’espère bien), les Femmes de World Pulse auront appris : comment affronter et surmonter les défis ; comment se remettre en cause quand il le faut ; et comment d’une cuisine en Italie, vous vous êtes si victorieusement installée à New York City ; et vous voilà avec votre propre Entreprise d’alimentation à Oregon. Quel beau et bon Parcours !



Shilpa Balakrishnan
Dec 08, 2015
Dec 08, 2015

Hi there...

 You have come a long way and yet another long way to go. its nice to know your life story even though yu didn't tell it in detail. Its inspiring to know someone is fighting their life to make a change. As We are the change. You followed your heart and found your destiny. Sometimes we don't needs words to speak. Your's and your Grandma's story is one of it. Its great to know about you. Keep going Sister...



Claudia Ashah
Jan 04, 2016
Jan 04, 2016

hallo Roseanne,

I love good food and for a minute there youu made me want to come to Oregan and have a taste of what you do. Your journey has been amazing, must say...but moreso the courage you had and requested for the job position and ended up as a pastry chef and a restaurant owner. Now you want to teach others about healthy proudof you and where your journey has led you. the fact that you can share your story encourages me to also take the steps to step into an opportunity that is in my face regardless of whether i think i can do it or not.


Sally maforchi Mboumien
Jan 24, 2016
Jan 24, 2016

Hello Roseanne Anything that appeals to our hearts is worth working towards achieving it. I particularly like this journey because it is made possible by you desire to move to the next level. I believe it shows that no one can make it without a vision.