Cooking Superstar

Spicie Foodie

Add some heat in the kitchen with Nancy from the Spicie Foodie!

Central Europe
Photographer, food blogger and recipe developer.

When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?

My passion for cooking didn't start until about 5 years ago, that is when I decided to finally learn to cook. The more time I spent in my kitchen the more apparent my love and passion for food became. But the blatant realization of how much I loved everything about food came one day as I hovered over a pan of crackling curry spices. I knew there was no turning back, that warmth I felt in my heart would be with me forever.

The first recipe I tried was for Polish pierogies. They turned out delicious and I was so proud of myself that I took pictures to show my family.

What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?

My L-shaped kitchenette is so small that I can stand in the center and almost touch opposite walls. (I'm only 4'11'') Keeping organized and having sufficient workspace when I cook can be quite challenging. I try to wash dishes as I go, or stack them in the sink until I'm done. Sometimes it looks like the contents of my cabinets and refrigerator exploded. I've cursed the lack of workspace but (not so) secretly I love my kitchen because it is where I taught myself to cook.

What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?

If you want to be a good cook star by learning what you can from others and let your inhibitions go. Don't think about kitchen failures, don't think about making it perfect, just have fun. Practice, taste, adjust, be adventurous, be passionate and things will click. The people you feed your food to will taste the passion in every bite...if not there's always take out.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?

I live on opposite sides of the world from my family and I only started cooking after moving away. So my dream dinner party would be with my parents, siblings, nieces, nephews and of course my husband too. I would cook an Indian feast. There would be curry, many vegetable dishes, fluffy basmati rice, warm-buttery nan bread, chutneys, and fruit lassis. As for dessert I'd bake my Mexican chocolate cake to go with Indian ice cream, and serve Chai to wash it down with. Then afterwards I would make them draw straws for the washing-up.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I tried drawing and well I was shocked that people didn't consider my stick figures works of art -go figure. (Lol) So I guess I should stick with photography. The truth is that I love arts and crafts but I'm mostly an admirer of those who have the talent and passion for them. Cooking, writing and photography are my hobbies, crafts and passion.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Cooking, photography, sewing, crocheting, jewelry making, fashion, drawing, painting, whatever your hobby and passion is stay true to it. Keep expressing yourself and doing what you love.

I'd also like to thank Cat for the invitation and feature. Thanks Cat and cheers to continued success and pretty crafts!

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Ever? I have a few like The Brady Bunch and I Love Lucy
I have many and it depends what type of music I'm in the mood for. Currently I'm rocking out to Linkin Park.
So many...Breakfast At Tiffany's, Like Water for Chocolate, Legends of the Fall, Indochine, and Thor because I like eye candy too.
Cook Book
My Asian cookbooks and Cocina de la Familia
Mexican, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese, Japanese
I couldn't live without spices, garlic, chiles and fresh seasonal vegetables. Chocolate too.
Kitchen Gadget
Mortar and pestle