Hi, my name is Beatrix, nice to meet you here. I’m a photographer, mother and collector of old photographs & rare spices. I grew up in big family in a small village close to the Bavarian Alps. Already early on the village felt too small and I went out to explore the world. After many journeys I ended up living in India, together with my Bengali husband and our little son.
WHY A FOOD BLOG ?
As for so many others it was my grandmother who sparked my interest in good food and cooking. She was born 1922 in small bohemian village as the eldest daughter of a Czech mother and a German father. Growing up between two world wars her early life was often hard and only much later she could dedicate herself to cooking, baking and her grandchildren. My siblings and me never ate anything better than her food and will always remember her love, dukatenbuchteln and apricot dumplings.
I was already passionate about cooking as a child, but when I moved to India 10 years ago, my interest intensified. Maybe it was because only here I learned how to use spices properly. Or maybe because I was missing so many familiar tastes and had to improvise. Probably it was because I always understood life best in the kitchen and it was the most comfortable place to get closer to my new home country.
WHAT WE EAT
I was a vegetarian for many years and still prefer to cook with vegetables and lentils rather than with meat. But I also don’t say no to a good goulash or mutton biryani (otherwise I would have stayed vegetarian, I guess). Of course I prefer local and seasonal produce, if available, and I also try to cook something what’s roughly healthy, but I’m most excited about cooking with spices and understanding better how they can be used.
You’ll find quite a few old, traditional family recipes from my husband’s and my family here, as we believe it’s important to write them down. Other recipes are spontaneous creations or I learned them from people I met. All of them, I believe, are worth making.
I’m happy you found your way here and hope I can inspire you a little bit.