Who taught you to cook?
I’ve been taking a lot of cooking lessons on many topics, from thai food to sourdough baking, and also tought some classes, but my one and only teacher is my mother: still today, I owe to her most of the things I know.
What’s your signature dish?
My signature dish is labna (or labneh), a type of homemade Middle Eastern cheese that derives from strained yoghurt. That’s where the name of my blog comes from!
What are you most looking forward to about #FBC12?
I’m looking forward to meeting new friends who share my passion for food: every fellow blogger I meet is a new source of inspiration for me!
What motivated you to blog about food?
When I first started my blog I knew I wanted to save my best recipes and share them with my best friend Manuel, who runs the blog with me: back then, we would have never expected to find so many people out there who are interested in what we do!
How has food blogging changed your life?
Food blogging has slowly turned my life around. When I was offered my first job as a social media and community manager a few years ago most of my interview ended up revolving around my blog, and the experience I gained while writing it. Besides, my blog is giving me the chance to meet lots of interesting people and make new friends, especially during events such as FBC!
Which other food bloggers do you follow most closely?
I’m not a faithful reader, but there are some bloggers whose posts I eagerly await for, every week. To name just a couple, I love my fellow Italian friends Giulia (http://en.julskitchen.com/) and Valeria (http://www.mylifelovefood.com/): they’re two talented writers and photographers!
Where do you get inspiration from?
I get my inspiration from all kinds of sources: old family recipes, food from restaurants I’ve been to, other foodies’ blogs… However, most of my inspiration comes from what I see when shopping for groceries at the local market!
What’s your favourite part of the food blogging process? And the most negative?
I love taking pictures of food: I can spend hours styling a setting and trying to capture the best angle; on the other hand, writing feels like some sort of heavy duty at times, especially when I’m late with a post and have to jot something down hurriedly. I’m very committed to my blog but sometimes I find it most challenging to save enough time to do everything: cooking, shooting, writing… I wish I had more spare time to look after my blog.
Future aspirations for the blog?
One day, I’d like to write a book about Jewish food and culinary traditions so… wish me luck!
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