About me

Living in Paris seems to have this effect on people. You start to appreciate food, to talk more about food, to enjoy a glass of wine whenever possible. Fresh warm bread from a local bakery is a ritual every evening after work. A dessert after meal, no matter if it’s after Sunday lunch or weekday’s meal at work is something no one will deprive itself from. Cheese in all sizes for an apéro with friends become daily pleasures. Even though France is one of the most food centred countries I know, living in the big city such as Paris sometimes has an unfavourable effect on home-made cooking: lack of free time and incredibly large offer of already cooked meals forces people to eat quick and sometimes unhealthy. The art of eating and enjoying food is something that might seem as a paradox. With all that said, Paris is at this moment passing through a revival of home-made quality food based on locally grown, organic ingredients. Coffee shops are opening around the city, unpretentious desserts are coming from the ovens of young bakers and food festivals are celebrating creativity and new tastes. Strolling through the city I’m always exploring flavours.
As for myself, I have always enjoyed food and cooking. Watching my mom cook for us everyday after or before work and having my grandparents making a feast every time we came to lunch somehow accustomed me to enjoy home cooked food, the one prepared with love. Being on my own in Paris, I decided to continue the good habits of eating home made food. I started to cook on daily basis. The kitchen became my playground, the most important part of the house, where I spend the most of my time.
This love for food and cooking transcended beyond the simple satisfaction for home meals and rather became a way of life : a sustainable living with organic and locally grown produce (yes its possible even in a big city such as Paris). Being a person that will always go for seconds instead of keeping space for dessert, I’ve surprisingly discoverd my love for pastry. The recipes I share here reflect my experiencing with new flavours and textures while seizing inspiration from my family cooking, favourite cookbooks, my Croatian roots as well as my adopted country, France.