Meet Razena Schroeder the blogger behind Tantalise my Taste Buds (@TantaliseMT). Before moving to Dubai Razena owned a small catering company in Cape Town. Razena’s cooking talents run in the family as she was taught by her mother as well as her aunt how to cook. Razena’s blog is all about sharing her passion for home cooked, authentic food. This is her first time at #FBC15!
When I first registered for FBC I had not even published the blog yet. I am looking forward to learning from experienced bloggers and others who are experts in their professions.
My day job is Payroll manager at a construction company headquartered in Dubai. Between the long hours and deadlines I find that the blog helps me to unwind and de-stress (not that blogging does not come with its own set of stresses and deadlines). My immediate family are all in Cape Town, South Africa so I use the blog to teach the youngsters how to cook and bake.
Two things happened around the same time… one of my friends suggested for the umpteenth time that I take up writing, and I found a file with all the family recipes and others that I had developed when I had my home baking business more than 20 years ago. I decided that a blog would be the perfect way to record it for posterity before I lost them again. My inspiration was initially trying to recreate the food of my youth, however now I find that I am inspired by fresh produce, my travels and other bloggers.
I don’t follow any bloggers very closely but I have learnt much about blogging from a group called Food Blogger Central. The author of the blog as well as many of the bloggers belonging to the Facebook group are very generous in sharing their own shortcuts and tips for success.
My favorite food writer is without a doubt Yotam Ottolenghi. I love the way that he is able to describe a taste or flavor or aroma so well that I can almost smell it. I own many cookbooks, some of which I brought with me to Dubai many years ago, and some of which I bought here. I find though that I tend to go online if I need to research anything and that I seldom if ever refer to any of my cookbooks any more.
On my wishlist right now would be a food photography and styling course to be held in April in Provence next year.
For me I find that my travels and lifestyle have a great impact on what I blog about. I love to travel and eat and have included a culinary travel section on the blog. I recently discovered that I have a wheat allergy and this has led me to learn about gluten free baking. For me the dish comes first, then the styling and photography. I have been disappointed on more than one occasion looking at a beautifully styled and photographed picture only to discover that the dish was something awful that I would never eat or feed to anyone else… usually everything out of a packet slapped together and made pretty.
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