ABOUT

me

I’m Ana, I live in the eastern parts of Europe ( a car drive from Greece) with my wonderful husband and our two cheeky boys.  Although my background is in Law and Contracts, my heart goes to all things real food and outdoor fun with family. Therefore, the majority of my (never enough) free time is spent in the kitchen or hiking with family somewhere green.

The European Dish is my virtual cookbook where I share (predominantly) recipes from all across Europe. Moreover, our household combines French and Bulgarian heritage, so you could definitely see it reflected in my recipes.

My hope is that while browsing through my recipe collection you can find some gastronomic treasures, you have never seen/tasted before. In a current world of lock-downs and travel restrictions, what better way to explore far away destinations than local cuisine, prepared and served at home. Am I right?

MY FOOD PHILOSOPHY

I have a simple approach to food – I opt for real foods. Food that is prepared at home, food that prioritizes ingredients as close to their natural state as possible. Like – vegetables, fruits, grains, quality protein (read fish, meats, eggs, etc.), quality dairy products, nuts and seeds, and quality spices. No heavily processed foods, difficulty to pronounce ingredients or deep fried products.

That being said, I like to give myself permission to eat something ‘less healthy’ whenever I really, really want to (like when I was pregnant with my second child and I craved McDonalds burgers). Nevertheless, on a daily basis, I strive to serve my family meals made of recognizable ingredients, cooked consciously with love and care. I try to reflect that in my recipes being published here as well.

That being said, I’ve never followed a ‘diet’ in my life. My family’s style of eating stands closest to the Mediterranean diet, which I consider to be more of a lifestyle than a diet. Hence you will see many recipes that are applicable if you are on the Mediterranean diet journey. If a recipe falls within a certain diet I’ll make sure to note that within the recipe itself.

THE EUROPEAN DISH

The European Dish is my small virtual space where I share recipes from all across Europe (predominantly). On my blog you can find:

  • Traditional European Cuisine – recipes that are served traditionally in Italy, Greece, France, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Bulgaria, Serbia and many more European countries.
  • Modern European Cuisine – meals that have been filtered through generations and time: think – recipes that combine neighbouring European food cultures, or recipes influenced by food all across the globe.
  • Worldwide cuisine – here and there you may come across some recipes that are popular across the world – think smoothies, juices, etc.

That being said, one should not forget all recipes published on the blog are filtered through my own food philosophy and my family’s taste. Most of the recipes carry and European zest, but if I cook something good outside the aforementioned scope, I would definitely share it here. After all whatever you see here, we eat at home.

LET’S CONNECT

If you read through all of the above, thank you! I would really love to stay in touch and be friends.

  • Join my newsletter and be the first to know when I publish a new recipe/video.
  • Come say hello on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM OR PINTEREST.
  • Join my new YouTube Channel and watch some video recipes

Love from Europe,

Ana