My name is Veronika. I am a food biochemist, an amateur chef, and most of all, a cooking and eating enthusiast. I have lived just about anywhere (no, really – do three continents count?), but for the time being I make my home in Jyväskylä, which is situated among the amazing conifer forests and pristine lakes of Central Finland.
I study for a Master’s degree in European Food Law, read a lot, talk even more, grow entirely too many houseplants, write on this blog and elsewhere, laugh out loud, make homemade cosmetics and soap, and cook for myself, my bookish and intellectual other half, and our friends.
Eat The Roses is my little private stomping ground on the internet, where I write about things that interest me (and hopefully other people) – things such as life, philosophy, the world, traveling, living in different places, and quite centrally, food – the buying, handling, preparation and joy of eating thereof, and my convictions about such in terms of nutrition, science and pure happiness. Essentially, this blog is a collection of my recipes and kitchen/food and other thoughts, and the occasional rant or manifesto of my attitude in relation to all things (more and less) edible, their origins, manufacture, production, preparation, and whatnot. I hope you will like reading it as much as I enjoy the writing.
What do I think of food (other than, wanting to eat it, obviously!)? Well, I want to cook or bake or prepare it, and then I want to eat it – if it’s good. I am a straightforward creature that way. I am against injecting religion or unfounded belief into food (though others should do as they like), I am for basing food choices on actual scientific research rather than popularized pseudoscientific garbage (of which there is entirely too much around already), and I believe that everything should be practiced in moderation – especially abstinence. Especially from chocolate. And butter. And meat. And garlic… and you get the idea.
I would like to say a few words about this blog, the kitchen, and photography. The following isn’t by any means an ‘excuse’, since I don’t think I need to excuse anything, but it is an explanation regarding the style and quality of my food photographs. You may note that a lot of the pictures on this blog are taken with a flash, in less-than-optimal light conditions. This is because I live in Scandinavia and about half of the year, dinner is something that happens long after sunset (and some of the year around Midwinter there’s barely any natural light at all). I don’t ‘style’ my food, I certainly don’t cook ‘dinner’ at lunch time just to photograph it (I cook for when it’s intended to be eaten!), nor do I own an elaborate camera and lightbox setup – the pictures on the blog aren’t staged, they are generally snapped as I cook, or right before we sit down to eat.
There isn’t a huge or particularly well-equipped kitchen involved, either. I cook in a fairly small galley kitchen with a small sink, dishwasher, fridge, a disused microwave, a bit of counter space, and a glass-ceramic (IR) stove with a single oven. I say this by way of encouragement – nothing I offer on this site requires a mansion kitchen and three line chefs, nor even a stand mixer, actually, to make.
And, while I will be the first to say that better-quality tools make cooking (and life, in general) extremely much better and easier to handle, it is important to recognize that a few good tools are not the same thing than a lavishly appointed kitchen, and while the latter may be hard to come by, the former can certainly be acquired fairly easily and inexpensively, if you are so inclined. We may not be rich enough to buy cheap things, but there is no reason to not acquire the tools of good quality secondhand, or otherwise at a bargain.
A friend of mine says that I have a fantastically food-centric view of the world. I would say that there’s more to life than food, but that ‘can we eat it?‘ isn’t a terrible question to ask regarding new things you encounter (because the answer might be no, and it’s important to know if that is so!).
I hope you enjoy my scribblings, stick around, and let me know what you think. I enjoy orating on my soapbox, that is true – but a dialogue is often more interesting than a monologue, and there is always something new to learn.