Who am I?
Hi! My name is Olga and I’m a Ukrainian foodie.
I come from a family who love love love to eat and when it comes to cooking – there’s more love. My mom and sisters are amazing cooks and bakers when it comes to homemade, delicious, healthy and fresh food menus. We would make lots of tasty dishes, gather together and spend time together. I always thought of myself as more of a baker than a cook, but few years ago that changed when I got married and started cooking for my own little family. My recipes are a mixture of Ukrainian-American-Italian, and I’m here to share all of these with you.
Ever since I was a child, I spent time helping in the kitchen when needed, and watched my mom and my older sister do most cooking and baking. Christmas and Easter were the biggest on the menu, and we would make lots of sweets, side dishes, main courses and much more. I think it kind of paid off on me because as I was growing up I started baking sweets, I took a chef glass in high school and learned lots from it as well. In 2014 I started being really interested in creating own recipes and from inspiration from other amazing food bloggers, I made a decision to create a blog and share these fantastic, healthy dishes with the rest.
All of my family live in Washington state; people call it ‘the green state’. Lots of trees and lots green vegetables – like spinach, kale, parsley, dill, scallions – all the healthy stuff. My husband and I got married in 2012; a year later we were blessed with a little girl. In May 2017 God blessed us with another baby, a boy. It’s a huge blessing having kids. Yes it’s hard sometimes, but our home is always filled with joy.
My whole family is actively involved in Ukrainian Slavic Pentecostal church. We love, follow and live by the word of God. Ever since we were little kids, we would visit little churches in villages and sing, and since childhood we continued singing until this day. I also learned to play piano and write music from scratch and I think that’s a huge talent. My whole family loves to sing, and that’s how we ended up with Ukrainian singing group, performing in churches and playing lots of Ukrainian weddings. I thank God for giving us voices, talents and for giving us great parents who taught us how to always love Him and follow His path.
I’m a full-time food blogger. It takes lots of time to capture every recipe step and even more time to edit and post everything in simplest way for everyone to follow easily. I never knew that for someone who was so interested in clothing designing to be so into cooking and baking. It’s like leaving a dream and because of you I cannot thank enough for helping my blog grow.
Interesting things about me:
- Somewhere in between I learned to play guitar, but got lazy so almost forgot everything.
- Between 17-22 years, I worked as photographer, in tax industry and 3 years in publishing industry.
- I have associates degrees in Accounting and Business Management.
- I worked as a bookkeeper for almost 2 years before I had my little girl
- For 4 years now, I’m a stay home mom and I absolutely love it; spending time with our babies and being our own personal chef.
I started this food blog in early 2016 as a way to share favorite recipes with family and friends. It has been slowly growing as I keep sharing more delicious, healthy, homemade meals. My goal is to let people discover these delicious recipes and fall in love with Ukrainian cooking.
This is a personal blog and all the recipes in here had been tested by me and approved by my family and my husband especially. All the photography is done by me and all the blogging is done by me. I cook with the simplest ingredients that you would find at any grocery store. If an old recipe calls for an unusual ingredient, I switch it up to something we have in USA. I think that anyone can be a cook.
How I got started cooking:
Before I got married, I would always do sweets and mom would do the meats and all other main courses. My husband and I go out to eat maybe once per year. Therefore, after I got married, I would ask mom for simple recipes such as soups and salads and slowly worked my way into meats, Ukrainian meatballs (kotletu) especially. Spending more time in the kitchen, going through so many cookbooks and different food blogs, I got so motivated, so inspired, I decided it’s time to create my own blog. Many recipes come from my mom’s old hand written book and old newspaper we used to subscribe back in Ukraine. If you don’t see recipes with ingredients such as mushrooms and shrimp, that’s because I never ate those. I recently, finally started liking avocado, pepper, garlic, spinach and lettuce – veggies I never ate in my life, so you’ll see lots recipes with these ingredients as well.
Thank you for visiting my recipe blog, pinning, sharing with your friends and family and commenting. Come back soon or every day! If you’d like your recipe to be featured on my blog, please email me by clicking here.
Please NOTE: This blog is 100% based on my personal advice and experience. It’s not a diet plan, just telling you to eat healthy and avoid all the artificial stuff. I hope it’s beneficial for all of you and your peeps. Please leave comments and suggestions so I can improve my blog wherever needed.