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Hi! I am Gabriela and this is my virtual home. I am a self taught cook and a trained Pastry Chef. I grew up in Romania during a very difficult time, in communism. Life was hard but family was always very important. I moved to U.S. many years ago and now I live in Minnesota, a very cold but cool state. Despite the harsh environment, long winters and short hot summers, I think this place suits me.
This is me, the trouble maker…
My maternal grandmother is the one who I inherited the cooking genes from. In this picture you can see her, Elisabeta, together with her husband, my grandfather Nicolae and my mom, Victoria who I believe was about 5 years old when the picture was taken.
This is also her, my grandmother, later in life, after I was born. She is holding me in her arms. I will always remember my summer vacations at her house while growing up, the good times and her amazing food. Here is an easy, delicious recipe of French Fries that reminds me a lot of her food.
In the picture below is my paternal grandmother Herta, with me. Herta lived in Transylvania and had German heritage. She immigrated to Germany when she was 84 years old, back in 1995, together with my paternal side of the family. She was a very strong lady and despite the fact that she moved to Germany at such an old age, she never forgot her roots. She used to travel back and forth between Germany and Romania, spending winters in Germany and summers in Romania for a number of years. She passed away at 94 years old. I think I inherited the love for baking from her. Her German cookies and pastries were to die for. Here is one of the recipes that reminds me of her baking.
Coming from a country that was under a lot of oppression and food was scarce for many years, I learned to love easy, simple recipes that use processed-free ingredients and common sense. My cooking and baking style is mostly European, but you will also find recipes on my blog from other parts of the world. I am also fascinated by old recipes, because I believe, in the past, people used to eat healthier and more in season. My cakes and desserts are less sweet than American ones and most people in the States will find them very different. Europeans put a lot of emphasis on flavors and taste versus sweetness. I hope you try them and let me know what you think about them.
However, I want to thank you for visiting my blog! I really hope you will come visit once in a while and join me in my culinary adventures!
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