My name is Nikki Ramos. I decided to write this blog because I love to cook, and it gives something to do to get my mind off of my sickness – Leukemia. Ever since I was a little girl, I loved to cook with my aunt and my dad. Now I have been creating my own recipes for family and every-day dinners. My recipes have to be healthy, delicious, and easy as well as approved by my 3 siblings (who are super picky), and my parents.
I was diagnosed with Leukemia on October 15th, 2015. Leukemia is a blood disorder where your unhealthy blood cells take over your healthy cells. Leukemia is typically treated with Chemotherapy. However, Chemotherapy can make you feel weak, nauseous and tired; have painful headaches, stomach aches, and mouth sores; get bruised easily and bleed easily; and you’re prone to infections. Because of treatments, I could not go to school or do sports so I decided to focus on my cooking and writing this blog.
Also, I loved and still do love to watch TV shows on Food Network, particularly Worst Cooks in America, All-Star Academy, and Beat Bobby Flay (which my aunt was on!).
I have been cooking since I was two and ever since then I have had a great passion for it. I have a twin sister, Alex, who has special needs, a 10-year old brother named Andy, a 5-year old sister named Daniella, and my parents Alina and Ozzie. Everyone in my family is a tough food critic, especially Andy (below, that is me feeding Andy a few years ago). So, once I get his approval, I know the meal is good!
I am now teaching my little 5-year old sister how to bake and she is having so much fun.
I just turned 12 years old in April, and I live in Tribeca, New York city. Tribeca is a great neighborhood because everyone is so friendly and there are so many fun things to do. Every year there is a festival called Taste of Tribeca on our street. It is a festival to raise money for the local school my brother goes to during which all the restaurants set up a tent with food samples, and my siblings and I set-up a lemonade stand. It is my favorite time of the year. I also like handing out candy during Halloween.
I go to the The Brearley School on the Upper East Side. My favorite subjects are math and science. I’m in 6th grade and I have a lot of great friends. My friends in and out of school have been super kind, thoughtful and supportive throughout my journey.
Before I got diagnosed with Leukemia, I liked to do many things. Some of may favorite were volleyball, basketball, squash and swimming. In my free time, I love to ski in Vail, Colorado, and surf at the beach in the Hamptons or anywhere else.
When I was smaller, I loved to horse back ride. I was ok, but it was super fun. I also loved to fish with my grandfather, my dad and my brother.
During Summers, I have also gone to a sleep-away camp in Maine called Wohelo. It is a beautiful and rustic camp with lots of activities. My favorite activities are the music performances and tubing.
I played lots of instruments when I was younger. I loved playing the piano for 5 years. I play the viola in school but I’m not very good.
I love to take risks but sometimes they can end badly. One time I was building a zip line but fell and broke both of my wrists. I also jumped off a 20 foot rock in Hawaii – it was super fun! I love trying new things so they’re always worth the risk.
My favorite teams are the Rangers for hockey, Giants for football, Heat for basketball, and NYCFC for soccer. I like both the Mets and Yankees.
When I’m older, I want to travel around the world and eat the amazing food the world has to offer. I think it would be fun to experience the culture of different countries and see how much work and passion they put into their food. I would love to see how the people around the world make the products that we all eat today like cheese, croissants and many other things.
Most importantly, I really hope you enjoy my blog and please email me if you have any questions or recommendations on what I should cook or write about next. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.