Welcome to Sweet Artichoke!
Cooking is one of my passions!
This blog is primarily a mean of keeping track of the recipes I have cooked, share them with my friends and of course, with new readers !!!
Being a mixture of French, Swiss and Italian, married to a Bengali, food and eating ARE important for me! My Papy (Grand father) was a pâtissier- confiseur (professional pastry maker and confectioner) and so was one of my great grand-fathers. I do hope that from the sweet paradise where they are now, Papy is watching over me and is satisfied with some of the outcomes . To be honnest, I must confess that my interest in cooking, baking and food in general has not started when I was small… I always enjoyed good food and eating (!), but it has become a real passion and interest only when I finished university and started to work… *smiles*
Creativity is part of the fun I find in cooking, therefore I am absolutely unable to follow a recipe without changing the proportions, adding or removing ingredients… Being a vegetarian, I am always disappointed to see how most non-vegetarian are imagining vegetarian cooking as dull and unappetizing (plain tofu, anyone??)… Luckily for my tastebuds, I am in direct contact with one of the most delicious cuisine of the world: Indian cuisine, which is a Heaven for vegetarians….
Most of my inspiration in cooking is taken from Indian, French and sometimes Italian and Middle-Eastern cuisines, but not exclusively….
While cooking, I use mostly organic food, because I believe every little step to protect our planet matters and for me organic is about an attitude and a respect for life in general. I do believe in using common sense, though, which means I use seasonal products before every other products. For me there is no point in eating organic strawberries all year long, given the pollution caused by the transportation of those strawberries…. Hence, I try to follow the seasons in my cooking, but I use Asian products as well…
Finally, as English is not my mother tongue, please be indulgent and bear with my mistakes and French touches… Voilà!
I would love to hear your comments and feed back, so do not hesitate to leave a comment, ask a question and share your experience !