Hi, I’m Ania. If you’ve found your way here, it’s probably because you love cooking and food. Me too! This blog started as I searched for an outlet to express my passion about food and also, on a more mundane level, as a way to organize and manage my recipes.
My infatuation with food and cooking has been growing since I was a child. I can never quite get food off my mind. I am passionate about cooking, constantly inspired by it, and I’m interested in all the rituals around eating. My early childhood in the last decade of communist Poland taught me how to be resourceful and creative. We may have had limited access to a variety of foods but it was all seasonal and a lot of our fruit and vegetables were home grown. It certainly did not come in cling-wrapped plastic trays from far flung places.
I like to use simple, natural ingredients and respect the seasonality of fruit and vegetables. I enjoy spending time in my garden, it helps me find moments of clarity and calm in this hectic world. I also thoroughly enjoy wild foods and foraging and love experimenting with interesting recipes – sometimes with inconsistent results (perhaps next year’s batch of elderflower champagne will finally be drinkable!).
I believe food not only sustains us but it also gives us warmth and happiness. I also believe, as Julia Child once said, people who love to eat are always the best people and that people who love food love to share food. There’s a reason sharing food can form emotional attachments; things that you’ve eaten throughout your life will bring back specific memories and remind you of certain people. It’s a way of communicating – the energy we pass on through our cooking feeds and nourishes the body as well as the soul. The kitchen is where magic happens, where smells intertwine with different tastes and textures and evoke different emotions.
What do I do when I don’t think about food? I look after our two wonderful children with my husband whom I admire and love dearly. They are my constant source of happiness – and exhaustion! I did my Masters degree in Poland and my professional background is in translation and interpreting.
My priority is healthy, simple and delicious food that everyone can enjoy, including children. It’s particularly important to me what my children find on their plates since it’s those first years of food experience that will serve as the foundation for their developing food preferences and hopefully, their own passion for food.
I hope you enjoy reading my blog and do come and visit me often! xx
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