Andra (@mintandrosemary), a Romanian blogger living in London, is looking forward to her first FBC conference – she’s excited to share her blogging, both in Romanian (Menta si Rozmarin) and in English (Mint and Rosemary). Andra told us a bit about her blog and what she’s looking forward to at #FBC5.
I am looking forward to meet the food bloggers community, to exchange ideas and find inspiration.
What motivated you to blog about food and how has food blogging changed your life?
I started this blog as a way of sharing the recipes that all my friends and family were asking for after they have tasted my food. I also do a lot of travel, so I have also started to share a few of my food & travel experiences. Soon I found out that I have just entered in a world full of taste and colour, I got to know beautiful and inspired people and food blogging became a big part of my life. How has food blogging changed my life? Well, I noticed one of the biggest changes when I started to shop more for cooking books, props and ingredients and less for shoes. This is when I knew that food blogging took over my life, and yes, I love every moment!
Do you blog full time or, if not, what’s your day job? What does your family/partner think of your blog?
I wish that one day I will become a full time blogger, but until then I work as a self employed accountant.
I mainly write in Romanian (my first language) but I am also trying to improve my English skills so recently I have also started to write in English. My Romanian blog is starting to become very appreciated in the Romanian vegetarian community, so I aim to consolidate my position and become one of the best vegetarian food bloggers in Romania. I get my inspiration from my books, my travelling and of course, from my mother – who taught me to cook and inspired me to be creative with food and ingredients.
Which other food bloggers do you follow most closely? Tell us something you learned from reading blogs you probably wouldn’t know otherwise?
I follow Ana Maria Stanciu (a fellow Romanian vegetarian food blogger), David Lebovitz, Meeta K Wolff and a lot of other veggie and non-veggie food bloggers. I learn something new every time I read a food blog, be it about food, or food photography, or flavours.
What’s your favourite/least favourite food? What’s been your ultimate meal to date? And what would your last meal be?
I love pasta! Actually, I absolutely love Italian food! There is something about the simplicity of their ingredients and how they put them together that makes me wonder every time how is it possible that from simple ingredients one can achieve such a complexity of taste! My ultimate food experience was a few months ago in India, where I ate nothing but Indian food for more than three weeks and so I got to discover that hot is good, and, surprisingly, very hot is even better. I loved the tamarind rice with vegetable korma served at GunPowder restaurant in New Delhi. My last meal would be a home-made sourdough ciabatta with fragrant extra-virgin olive oil, followed by a Sicilian caponatta with tagliatele and a lot of ice-cream for dessert.
How many cookbooks do you own? Who is your favourite celebrity chef and and who is your favourite food writer? Why?
I lost the track of my cookbooks when I got to 100, but my pride and joy is the entire Italian Food Enciclopedy (more than 24 volumes), which was a present from some dear friends from Italy. I love Francesco Mazzei and Giorgoi Locatelli for their love for food and creativity. Also I closely follow Katie (What Katie Ate) for her stunning food photography and always surprising recipes.
My signature dish would be a cauliflower cream with grilled garlic and parsnip chips. The recipe is in Romanian, please let me know if you would like the English version.
Do you have a favourite kitchen tool/appliance? What’s the hottest item on your shopping list? (can be current foodie favourite or a desired gadget/book etc)
My favourite tool is a silicone spatula which I recently discovered and a chapatti pan which I brought with me from India. My shopping list? Oooh, that’s a long one! The hottest thing there would be a Kitchen Aid, of course! 🙂
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