Oh dear! Why another food blog?
The web is full of amazing, ambitious and ridiculously pretty food blogs. Populated by food-blog-goddesses who look like a combination of the perfect housewife and a freaking supermodel. They take pictures that look more professional than anything I ever did in my life (and I work as a photographer) and they make shitloads of money with it. Those are the pros. I am not.
Who am I then? Sandy. Early 30s. Designer, photographer, music obsessed, tv show addict, lover of everything british and quirky. Most of all… I’m just a girl that loves to cook and eat… and I sure look like it too. I started this blog as a personal project (I get really uneasy when I don’t have a creative digital playground…). Cooking food was never a chore for me and over the last months I already started taking pictures of the food I make for my own home-cookbook (I never was educated in food photography. My focus always was on people and portrait during my career). I felt it was a shame that all those pictures just ended up on my HD unused, so I started this thing here.
That’s it. I have no bigger motive behind all this. I just enjoy to try out new recipes or endulge in the ones I know work perfectly. What I make is not always pretty, sometimes it even goes horribly wrong. I’m not good (yet) at developing my own recipes, so everything you will see here are either family favourites or recipes I found somewhere and modified to my liking. But that’s ok, I think. Not everyone can be a food-blog-goddess. Maybe I can be a food-blog-princess someday…who knows…
“Cooking Is Like Love. It Should Be Entered Into with Abandon or Not At All.”
– Harriet Van Horne, 1965
“You always have to cook with love!” That’s what my Dad used to tell me when I was just a little girl. Back then I had no idea what he meant. Cooking and baking was something the grown-ups did. What I did know though was that I love food.
At an early age I was exposed to myriads of delicious dishes. The hearty german meals my german grandma used to cook for me every day after school. Tender meat in rich dark gravy over heaps of potatoes. Amazing cakes and other sweet treats. Then there was my spanish grandmother, whose sole mission it was to care for her children and grandchildren. The dishes she made for us will always have a special place in my heart and I will never in a million years be able to make them just like she did. Traditional chicken soup and stews full of meat and chorizo. All kinds of seafood. And don’t even get me started on the sweets we used to devour around christmas (still do actually…).
And of course my parents… Those wonderful people combined the best of both worlds in our kitchen and if we weren’t eating at home they took me to amazing restaurants exposing me to all kinds of quality food at an early age.
All of them set the groundwork for this passion. They made me appreciate good food and the process to make it, which to this day never feels like a chore to me. Planning, preparing and sharing a good meal with the people I love is one of the greatest pleasures in my life.
A German girl blogging in english…. what’s the deal?
This is the obligatory note that english is NOT my native language. I think my english is quite alright and I feel comfortable in this language, but I will make mistakes and my writing won’t sound as slick and eloquent as I wish it would. So if you spot some mistakes cut me some slack, will ya :-) I really appreciate it.
So why not simply write in german? The main reason is that I have too many english speaking friends who would be disappointed not being able to take part in this adventure. Another reason is, that this is practice for me. I rarely get to speak english in my everyday life (except some casual conversations online), so this is how I try to stay fluent.
Really? Alright… just take a look at the blog name. The name really says it all.