Welcome, my name is Gintare and thank you so much for visiting. Here I share my passion for food, arts and ways to find inspiration in most ordinary details of our lives.
I’m a native Lithuanian, which is where my fairly tongue breaking name comes from. However, after living here and there with my husband from what some people call the most beautiful country on earth (a.k.a. France) we’ve settled for a while to enjoy the everlasting rainy season in the Netherlands, and recently exchanged the Dutch plains for Swiss alps.
When I started the blog in 2010, it was all about sharing culinary experiments. I’ve bounced through stages of all sweet, savoury, healthy and indulgent throughout the years. It’s with trial and error that you find what works for you. My food philosophy these days is simple and fairly old-fashioned: eating in moderation (healthy) with a pinch of common sense and following the seasons. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been raised with daily home-grown and freshly prepared meals and this is the way of life I love to incite.
When I’m a not busy creating a recipe or eating my way through a new country, I’m diving into one of many other fields I find exiting and interesting. There are quite a few of them, to say the least.
Yes, we are frequently told that in order to succeed in life we have to specialize, focus, find a niche to work in. Despite the sensible wisdom behind these words, they do not work for me.
For me, creativity and inspiration stream from crossovers, from an array of undertakings, from following to where your heart leans in the moment. For me, it can be writing, painting, styling food, running or capturing formidable light with a camera blink.
I believe that whatever brings us joy and smile to our face is worth pursuing. Different creative mediums are but means to find to beauty and magic in everyday life and once you put your heart and soul into doing what you love, wonderful things start to happen.
Following this philosophy in 2013 I took a leap and exchanged project work to following my passions. Since then I published four books in three languages, of which the last “L’Art de la Table” has won the second place in World Gourmand Cookbook Awards in 2016 for Mediterranean cuisine. I now work as a commercial and editorial photographer, teach workshops and continue expanding the list of interest.
I hope within these pages you will find inspiration, enjoy food and dream.