Welcome to The Bossy Kitchen. Here you will find some answers to some of the questions you might have.
Why do I blog?
I cooked all my life for family and friends. They always encouraged me to open my own restaurant, food truck or a blog where I could share my recipes instead of posting pictures of my food on Facebook. In 2014 I created my first website Gabitza’s Green Kitchen, a bilingual blog(English and Romanian) where I shared many of my personal kitchen and life experiences.
In an effort to separate the two languages due to the technical issues, Gabitza’s Green Kitchen blog became a website with recipes written only in Romanian and The Bossy Kitchen was born.
Few reasons I blog:
- I love challenging myself writing in English, as it is not my first language(not easy, believe me)
- I love sharing my heritage, culture and way of living with people out there
- I believe that cooking and baking are survival skills that everyone should have, therefore I want to offer practical, easy recipes made from fresh, natural ingredients that are not processed, so more and more people discover the benefits of eating healthier.
- I would love to create a community of people who love to cook from scratch and enjoy being in the kitchen. I think the world would be more peaceful if we would gather often around good food.
Why “The Bossy Kitchen”?
Kitchen is my territory. I know my stuff and I am very passionate about it. I have strong opinions when it comes to food (and other things in general), I am committed and care about what we eat every day. I like to think that food is the best investment in your health and future. There is no excuse to buy processed food when you can get your butt in the kitchen and make a simple, delicious meal that tastes a million times better than anything else out there. The Bossy Kitchen will show you how to make foods that are good and delicious for you and your family. We all deserve to eat better, don’t you think?
What is your background in food?
- I am a self taught cook and a trained pastry and confectionery baker.
- I am a first American-Romanian generation who was born in Romania in a very difficult time during communism. I grew up with little food, cooked from scratch, using local ingredients. We ate whatever we had in season and canned everything available for winter.
- My cooking and baking style is mostly Eastern-European, but I was also exposed and very interested in all kind of cuisines.
- I read and do a lot of research before I post a recipe on my blog. I like to learn techniques, methods and tricks to cook and bake professionally and I will share that with you as much as possible.
Do you follow a particular diet?
No, I do not. We aim for balanced meals and do eat meat, lots of vegetables and fruits. We enjoy baked goods, but we do not eat a lot of them. Believe it or not, when I make a cake, it is usually not for us. I like baking easy breads at home and sometimes make yogurt from scratch.
I am not a nutritionist, but I do read a lot about nutrition. I believe in the way our ancestors ate, therefore I have in my refrigerator and pantry real butter, cream, whole milk, and sometimes, yes, lard. I prefer olive oil in my cooking and sunflower oil because I grew up with it. Click here if you are curious about what you can find in my pantry.
I also think that if you consume a certain food every single day you should buy it organic, therefore we always buy organic the following:
- grass fed beef
We are not perfect, once in a while we would order pizza or go out to eat. We do prefer ethnic restaurants though, because we enjoy different cuisines.
What do you do with all the food you cook for the blog?
We eat the food but we do share the sweet goods. We enjoy leftovers and most of the time I cook for 2-3 days in advance. We like to take leftovers with us at work the next day, especially soups. There is no way we could eat an entire cake or a batch of bars/cookies alone, therefore we give them away to friends and coworkers. Everybody loves a cookie, right?
Why your recipe did not work for me?
I am not sure. I try as much as possible to explain the best I can how to make the recipe, so it is easy to follow. There is not a lot of room for error if you measure the ingredients correctly and follow instructions. In terms of baking, it is important to respect the recipe.
I cannot take responsibility for the result of a baked good, when you use a different type of flour or replace an ingredient with something else. However, sometimes the recipes can contain a typo or need clarifications, so the best way to correct it is to use the comment area for asking questions. I will do the best I can to answer as soon as possible.
Where do you get your inspiration for your recipes?
- Most of the recipes you will find on my blog are recipes I cooked all my life, some of them inherited from my grandmothers or my mom.
- I am in love with culinary books. I have a big collection of them in different languages.(read here about my favorite ones)
- I am also interested in old cooking books and the way people used to eat in the past before the industrial revolution
- I read magazines, other blogs and I go to the library for research.
- I create my own recipes with ingredients I find in the pantry and fridge. Most of the time, even if I make a recipe from somewhere else, I put my personal stamp on it.
How many times do you make each recipe before you post it on the blog?
At least two times if not more than that. I do feel a huge responsibility for posting accurate recipes that use correct techniques.
What is your favorite recipe?
What kind of camera do you use?
I just started to use few month ago a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 Digital SLR with 18-55mm STM Lens. The 18-55mm STM lens I use on a regular basis and I just love it.
I also have a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Fixed Lens for Canon SLR Cameras which I use for more detailed photos of my food. I absolutely love this lens for the sharp images I can take with it from relatively short distance.
However, I am not an expert in photography. I know a little bit more than few years ago when I started my first blog Gabitza’s Green Kitchen and I was taking pictures with my Iphone. The photography is still something I struggle with and I am aware that there is a lot of room for improvement.
Who is behind this blog?
I am the one behind this blog. I wear many hats everyday, which I never thought I will be able to do. I am the cook and the baker, the writer of the stories, the photographer, the blog designer and the maintenance person. When I get stuck, I use trained help, because as much as I think I can do everything, there are times when things get overwhelming.
Read more about me here.
Do you work with brands for sponsored posts or campaigns?
Of course. Please read more about this here.
Is it cost free to run a food blog?
No, it is not.
Some of the expenses you have to consider:
- Server hosting and domain– The blog needs a hosting company and a domain to exist before anything else. An annual payment is required for both of them.
- Theme and plugins– the frame of the blog is called a “theme”, which makes the pages run and look pretty. Most of the time, the theme needs to be purchased, because free themes are very limited in their capacity to do different things. Then there are plugins, some of them are free but some of them are not.
- Security services– you need to make sure that the site is protected from the evil. You have no idea how many people are trying to hack the site on a daily basis and steal your hard work.
- Camera, lenses and photography gear– In order to take beautiful pictures, you need a good camera. At the beginning of my blogging career I was taking most pictures with my Iphone. Unfortunately, this might work for a while, until you learn more about photography, but in the end, if you want quality, you need to invest in a good camera. You also need lenses for the camera, which are probably the most expensive. If you live like me in a cold climate(Minnesota), the natural light is not very good. The days are short and nights are long and cold. I had to find photography lamps to use after 4pm, so I can cook and bake during the day and take pictures of the food at night, when I need to.
- Plates, pots and pans, cast iron cookware, silverware, furniture etc. All these, as you can imagine are not cheap. I use the basics from my kitchen, but I always look for more things to add to my collection(love antique or thrift stores).
- Technical services cost lots of money. As much as I try to avoid the cost for many of these services, I sometimes feel like things are too difficult or time consuming for me to learn, so I pay to solve the issues. I like to use my creativity in the kitchen, and not behind the computer screen.
- Ingredients for the recipes– We usually eat what we make, but we still spend a considerable amount of money on ingredients and food for the blog.
- Internet, computer, electricity, gas, my personal time– there is no need to comment on those, but you get the idea.
The conclusion is that running a food blog, as much as it looks fun or easy from out there, it is not cheap. It is almost a full time job, which I love, but the growing pains are real. The recipes on this blog are free.
In order to keep them free, I need to run advertising on the blog, as it helps paying for all these expenses. Don’t think that I make a lot of money with it, but anything helps. When you purchase ingredients, for example, on Amazon, thorough my blog, you do not pay more, but the blog benefits from a small percentage of that sale.
I thank you so much for your nice, polite, constructive and on topic comments. I love all your comments and I will try to respond to as many of them as fast as I can. However, I do reserve the right to remove any comment that it is rude, inappropriate or offensive. I would love to create a community of food lovers, people who enjoy being in the kitchen or would like to learn how to cook. Let’s learn from each other and be nice.