About me



Hello Sandra's Easy Cooking readers,


Sandra's story 
to the certain extent...

It is only appropriate that I update my about page. Lots of things changed in the last 5 years since I started this blog. I've changed, I've grown up a little, and I came to think my views about who I was and who I am, became more clear. Where to start is the question? I could write a novel about me, and my life. It's extremely difficult to narrow 35 years down to a short paragraph, and on top of it, I really hate talking about myself, BUT here we go folks.... I'll write whatever comes to my mind and not necessarily just about me... bear with me!

You'd think that I will write "about me" page, how I started Sandra's Easy Cooking and all about kitchen and cooking. Sometimes, I really hate reading about a blogger that writes in about page only about food, blog and nothing more. Which in some way makes sense, however, we all have a story, and without revealing too much we can say, a thing or two that makes us  who we are. People often ask me who am I? Since I am the most private person, with the hint of shy, I'd never talk about my past, present or predict a future. I'll go with a flow and talk about the weather... It looks like we gonna have a rainy day tomorrow, eh?! Seriously, when you get to know me, I am the most easy going person there is, however, if you gonna hang out with me expect few embarrassing moments, sarcasm and accept my snort laughter. 
 -I had a big dream when I was a kid, on the other hand, I was always a dreamer. I lived in many places, moved many times, but in the end, I haven't seen the world just yet with my open eyes. First part of my life began living on a farm, more like the suburbs with small farms around, but my real recollection of the best days was in my teens when I began high school in the big city called Belgrade. Belgrade was, and still is in my heart, and it will always be there. By high school, I've changed 5 different schools; and not 'cause I was the Army kid, or bad kid and had to change schools, we just moved a lot for different reasons. I've been always that new girl, dressed in baggy dark clothes and cheap converse, listening to heavy metal, smiling from the back of the classroom (if I was not sleeping) trying not to be in anyone's way, to make it more clear for you to understand, I hated the attention. Needless to say, my "not so peachy" childhood had to be fast forwarded and I grow up faster than perhaps average teen today, and learn many things on my own. I went to school, I worked and cooked and enjoyed my free time with my friends just like any teen. 
I hate to judge people, maybe because I judged before and it slapped me right in the face. All of the sudden, I was that person on the other side feeling miserable because they'd judged me by my appearance, my views and opinions and the way I do certain things, or listen to certain music or hang with a certain crowd,  so now, I expect whoever is friends with me not to judge. Who am I to decide or judge what you will do with your life. I can advise you, but in the end you're digging your own grave if you want to go the wrong way. I never divided people based on the color of their skin, sexual orientation, religious views or the way they look. I have been always friends with anyone who have a heart, no matter who they are and who is worth keeping in my life; of course, eliminating (if I can detect users), abusers, and manipulators.
I think all my life I was building a wall around me, which I see now that I should've built bridges.  I tried a few times to build a long bridge, several times actually, but that always ends up being a big, thick, and unbreakable wall. Maybe I gave too many chances, maybe I trusted too much, just maybe I was stabbed and left to bleed too many times, but that's just maybe, it's for me to know and for you to wonder. It's kind of scary to share some things out loud. My life has been a crazy ride many times, but we all have those ups and downs, it kinda  makes us who we are. We learn to fight, to survive, we move on because life has to go on. I believe that it made me stronger as a person, made me look at things differently, made me appreciate life more in general, but at the end I wouldn't change a thing. I do not dwell on the past any longer, I don't look back on those that made me feel small  or not worth it, a negativity is a mood killer, so I embrace positivity. I picked the right path that got me to where I am today.
Cooking came easy for me. We need to eat, so why not learn a thing or two, right?! We can't live on constant takeout and fast food, even though that was never the case, in my case. I love home cooked meals, and nothing makes me happier than to whip something up and enjoy it with those that mean something in my life. One of the best meals I've had was my grandmother's roasted chicken with a side of potatoes and hot bread from wood burning oven, and I'd give anything to taste it again, but certain memories we cherish forever. I wake up remembrance of her every time when I actually smell particular food or a meal. 
I came to the USA 17 years ago, and I can only say LIFE is GOOD, because it gave me a family, it gave me kids, new chapters and adventurous journey to look forward to every single day! 
My kids are my world, I live for them and for their "better" future. I want them to be fighters, to find what they love to do and to embrace it and not what others expect them to do, especially if they don't like it, I want from them to find their own right path, to believe in themselves, to be confident, stronger and leaders rather than followers.  I believe that I've done a pretty good job so far, however, hubster is there to give me a push when the push is needed, helping me in every way, supporting and encouraging. I made him a huge pot of spaghetti and sauce on our first "official" date and that was it, my guy has been stuck with me for the last 16 years. He's been there when I needed him the most, my rock to lean on, the best dad ever, so he is definitely a keeper. By the way, we have 3 kids; Aleks, Anna and Daniel -three years apart and they are such a beautiful and unique three individuals with amazing talents for many things, and when I say many things I mean it. My boys are amazing in art (freehand drawing), music and sports, but they like to cook too. My girl loves to cook, especially make sweet and delicious desserts, music is a big part of her life too, and she can write a story or a poem like a pro. I really want to publish her beautifully written stories, but we'll see. 

So, this brings us kids to the end, even though with me it's never the end, I may add a thing or two later on. I always loved writing, cooking and photography, so this blog fulfills everything that I'm passionate about. I am a strong believer in karma, so treat people as you'd like to be treated, karma is a bitch only if you are. My life learning advice is "don't let the dreams chase you, instead you chase after your dream". Believe me, if one door closes, another one will open. Do what your heart is passionate about, and don't waste one minute of not being happy, because being unhappy it's not worth it.

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BLOG AND RECIPES:

I focus on budget friendly recipes that are very easy for anyone to prepare. I started Sandra's Easy Cooking in September of 2010. I wanted to show how easy it is to prepare home cooked healthy and balanced meals and still enjoy quality time with the family. I started this for fun, but a year into it, I noticed that it could be more than just a fun or a hobby. I sat and learned about anything and everything there is to know about blogging; from coding, marketing, advertising, photography, cooking, writing etc. Soon after it became my full time job, where I dedicated the first 3 plus years working like a mad woman, 12-14 hours every single day. Now days, I work when I feel like it, on my own terms, doing little personal photography projects, working with clients and replying to your emails. I still love it though. It became a huge part of my life, my routine, plus I have really supportive and understanding family, so I'll blog until I feel I have the strive to inspire and passion to continue doing what makes me happy.  Now I sound like I've been doing this for 25 years and I am ready to retire. Don't get me wrong, I am still working almost every day, doing different things connected to my blog... nobody but me will update those ugly old pics from years when I started blogging or content that is so purely written many times. 
Here on my BLOG you can find over 500 recipes from all over the world and everything is done by me. I take pride in what I do on a daily bases. I enjoy not only Cooking and Photography part, but also creating something out of nothing and sharing with the people around the globe. I eat and cook a lot of Asian influenced meals for my family because we love the flavors, however, any cuisine is very much welcome. Generally speaking, I was never a picky eater, so food represents comfort and enjoyment to me, as well as for my children. I want them to grow up eating and experiencing different aromas, textures and flavors, so I always wanted by blog to spread the love for food from all over the world. We don't need to limit ourselves and only cook what we are comfortable cooking and eating, but I encourage you to experiment, and see what else is out there that you might like. 
Cooking is a form of art in my opinion. Some people love to follow the recipe and that's fine, but when I don't use a recipe for my blog I do not measure anything. All my meals come from the heart, using all my senses. The very important thing is to TASTE your food and go with your taste buds regardless what the recipe says.  I expressed myself more here and here 



PHOTOGRAPHY:

Photography is something that I loved my whole life. I wanted to pursue it as a career when I was much, much younger, but was discouraged and I just gave up. NEVER give up people, no matter what they tell you. If you have burning desire, a passion, no matter what is it just go for it. I've continued to keep my passion alive, and I am so glad that I did. I call myself a photographer in training who is never done learning more to become better. I told myself even if I don't earn a penny from it, even if it didn't get me nowhere, I would still do it, because I love it that much. It makes me feel like I am doing something for myself, makes me calm, makes me happy, and it completes me. I take pictures of food, animals, people, nature etc. every single day. 

I use to take my images with Sony NEX 3 with 5 5-200mm,  55-210mm and 18-55mm lens (I upgraded from 18-55mm when I first started to now 55-200).  
In 2014, I started using Canon EOS 60D with several different lenses. 
Pictures on my blog are all done mostly under natural light with photo/silver reflectors that are balancing the light and gives you a more natural picture. However, from time to time lighting equipment is necessary, especially on those dark, gloomy days. For the editing I am pretty satisfied with Lightroom 4 , although I am tempted to try LR5

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Little more about me: 
  • I am a shy person in general. Most of the time I confuse myself when I talk, but that's only when somebody cuts me halfway into the sentence and tells me "pardon me or excuse me", squinting their eyes, like they don't understand. You know what I mean, right?! I have an accent, alright, and I can get self-conscious, but that doesn't mean I can't understand or speak, cause I have been studying ENG since 4th grade, but can't get rid of the damn accent...  So when a person doesn't want to even attempt to understand what I'm saying, I see red and all I want to either punch them in the face or turn around and walk away. :D
  • I cannot live without music. Ever since I was little, maybe five or six years old, my radio was turned on when I am around it, now I carry my iPod everywhere. Sounds of music from my old radio woke me up and put me to sleep. Then MTV came in my neck of the woods, and I was glued to the TV. I am a shower singer if you know what I mean, but if I am being honest which I am, I DO NOT have singing talent whatsoever. I sing for my soul, so who gives a shit, right?! Joke on the side (it's not a joke, tho), music is my therapy, it is healing my heart and soul, so I need that fix daily. 
  • I'll take a Coffee over any drink... Although I love TEA and my peaceful 5 minutes (when kids are sleeping (finally))  /I really need a sound proof office. My little boss is on the drums as I write this! I am distracted, again :/
  • I love pencil drawing, especially portraits. I think I got rusty over the years since I had kids. 
  • I am a bookworm, and yes, I am history, philosophy and psychology junkie.
  • Favorite dishes... It's hard to pick because I love food and pretty much open to taste anything, however, Korean and Italian cuisines are my favorite.   
  • Favorite dessert... You bring Nutella and I'll  bring the spoons... Ahem big scoops. But real dessert, HM! I could never ever pass on the tiramisu or creamy pie; coconut, banana etc.!:)
  • Spring is my absolute favorite season, although every season brings beautiful scenery, and different aromas in the air.  
  • I don't talk about religion, there is no point because my views and beliefs are no ones business. 
  • I was never, ever ass kisser to become somebody or to be noticed, and I'll never become one as long as I live. If somebody like me for me, for what I do, for what I have to say and for who I am, I'll accept it, but I'd never purposely ask for attention or lie to get it. I heard time after time "Life is sometimes unfair" -No shit! Learn to accept teacher's pets! 
  • One big thing for me is that If I can do it by myself, I'll do it, if not I will learn until I improve.

Thank you all for stopping by. Your comments and emails are touching my heart in a good way, every day. I'd probably give up blogging if it wasn't for you guys. I can only thank you for all your support!

Thank you for visiting today and come back soon!


Sincerely,

Sandra


P.S.
Please, keep in mind that I am working hard to test these recipes and to shoot my images so please ask before taking the pics from my BLOG, and of course always link back if you do take one my images. I really don't have any problems if you are using my recipes or images and posting on your blog/website BUT do add where you saw it, and do not take the watermark off! Thank you very much, I appreciate your understanding! 



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11 comments :

  1. You are so lovely Sandra and your presence is so important in the blog community! Congrats on your cookbook as well. Very exciting!

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  2. Awww thanks Audra..you are one the people that I recently start talking to and I love your blog and your sweet surprises and on top you are really nice person:)) Thanks so much for this kind comment!!!

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  3. love your blog!!
    congrats on you cookbook!!

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  4. I just voted for you on Babble! I've always been a fan, especially of your 24x24 posts!

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  5. Thanks Jamie, thank you so very much!:)

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  6. Thank you Chiara, I am glad you like it!:)

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  7. Your blog inspires me! Congrats on the book! I can't wait to see what you blog about!

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  8. Hi, I found you on discovering the best cameras. Do you use your sony for all your photographs? I need better pictures on my blog. I really like the look of your photos. ( and food looks amazing)

    newest follower! < Kristen

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