Frankly, I have no idea how to start this story, and I believe there is barely any need for too much poetry. I don’t really remember how my relationship with cooking started off; all I know is that at some point all the “yummy’s” and “nom-nom’s” of my recipes, that were kept quietly in a Google folder, said hello.
I call my cooking creative cooking, mainly due to my stubbornness that never lets me follow recipes as they are. Just like in graphic design, which has been my field of work for almost a decade, I like creating something new through experimentation, and let my senses and creativity guide me just like Photoshop or Illustrator would in design.
My favourite spice is chilli, because it gives me a kick and makes me feel alive. I also think there’s never enough garlic. I would happily eat anything that contains cardamom and lately I’ve been falling in love with sumac.
This is a space for my recipes (which tend to have a strong Mediterranean, Middle-Eastern and Indian influence), for practical, everyday tips on organising the kitchen and creative ideas about “prettifying” it, all illustrated with the photos I take with an iPhone 6 and a Canon 5D.
I dedicate this website to my Mum, with whom I have been sharing recipes for a while now, and to all of you, Epicureans, for whom cooking is not about satisfying a basic need, but rather playing and experimenting with all the senses in search for pleasure.
Love, happyholism & nom nom,
Ioana – The Happyholic