When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?
I loved helping my mom and grandma cook occasionally when I was little. I did not do it often, but whenever I helped them it was always a lot of fun. Cooking was always exciting and never difficult. When I graduated from University, I started cooking more and more until it became a passion.
First recipe I tried when I was very young: http://www.imagelicious.com/blog/2015/5/31/farmers-cheese-cookies
What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?
I absolutely adore my kitchen. When we moved into our house a few years ago, the kitchen was really outdated and not friendly. We did a full kitchen renovation and three years later I wouldn't change a thing. I spent a lot of time finding the perfect way to organize my kitchen so that everything is easy to use and convenient. Now I just maintain it, like pouring flour and sugar from bags into containers, arranging spices etc.
But my biggest secret in keeping the kitchen organized is my husband. I cook and he cleans!
What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?
Practice, practice, practice! And watch cooking shows! I watched a lot of food network when I just started cooking. It was really helpful to see proper consistency and texture and techniques. Those things are easier to see than to read.
Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?
Ina Garten (aka Barefoot Contessa)! I absolutely adore her. I'd make a Blue Cheese, Walnut and Pecan Bread as an hors d'oeuvre, Roast Leg of Lamb for main course and my favourite Strawberry Cookies for dessert.
Ok, who am I kidding? I am Russian and Russians are known for their dinner parties, most likely I'd have about 5-7 different appetizers, couple or more sides for the lamb and definitely about two more desserts in addition to the cake. If I can't have enough leftovers after a dinner party for 3-4 days, I consider that there's not enough food made.
Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?
Food Photography is my hobby. Sometimes I cook just to take a picture.
Which cooking blogs do you love to read?
Pinch of Yum