A woman, a mother, a wife and a food lover….My love affair with food started way back when I was growing up watching my mother cook day in and day out. I was always part of the tasty process, in a passive manner though. One day my mother switched jobs and all of a sudden I found myself alone in front of the stove. I remember the semolina pudding was a complete disaster, a lumpy mass of something that my loyal dog pretended to like. How about that fun with
candy making that left two inches of solid candy rock on the bottom of our best sauce pan (where did I get that inspiration?). So I learned through trial and error for the most part…And had fun for years to come!
I became a vegetarian when I married my husband who hails from a South Indian Brahmin family (well…I succeeded re-converting him to eggs….). I am not doing it out of any obligation, I just love it and it only feels so natural to me. At this point my being vegetarian is a result of my conscience rather than commitment.
Cooking vegetarian is so much more fun and challenging. The variety of vegetarian ingredients is amazing and so is the range of dishes one can make. I twist recipes to suit my lifestyle and buds. I cut corners without compromising on taste and quality. When it comes to certain dishes (especially the ones passed down from family) I religiously follow the recipe. I sometimes take an Italian recipe and add a bit of masala, chant a mantra and voila: a new fusion dish that can be quite intriguing even for the most puritan out there.
Born and raised in Republic of Moldova, but having visited 14 countries and lived in 4, I gained a bit of culinary experience which I wish to share with you. Enjoy the journey!