I’m Angelina – the girl behind Baked Ambrosia. I’m all about creating delicious food and enjoying it with the people I love. Food is everything. It’s health, it’s a need, it’s a cure, it’s culture, it’s pleasure, it’s comfort, and one of my favorites; food is the ULTIMATE equalizer. You can place a group of people from all walks of life and generations around a table of food and suddenly, they are all having a shared experience; speaking a universal language. As you can tell, I’m seriously passionate about food so creating the blog was a no brainer. This is your entry into my kitchen and table where I will share my favorite recipes with you.
Why the name?
1 : the food of the Greek gods
2: something extremely pleasing to taste or smell
I am a baker at heart. Although I love to cook, my true calling is baking. So, I combined my passion with the “food of the gods” and Baking Ambrosia came to life.
You can usually find me experimenting in the kitchen, a.k.a. my laboratory. I love coming up with unique foods to make and playing around with ingredients I’ve never used before. I’m a nutrition student so you’ll find that many of my recipes are healthy yet delicious! I also happen to have the biggest sweet tooth (I even attended Pastry School where I received a formal education on indulgent carbs) so I’ll be sending some crazy dessert recipes your way too! My family is from Greece/Cyprus so eating and talking about food is basically all we do. And when we aren’t eating or talking food, we are still just hanging out in the kitchen (I’m not kidding – Even when we have guests over!). Greeks and Cypriots are known for their passion of good food and warming hospitality. I hope this blog will serve as an entryway to my Home Land through Mediterranean inspired recipes. And even though we won’t have the magical beaches and crystal clear blue waters here, we can celebrate the wholesome and heavenly flavors from that part of the world from my kitchen to yours.
My love for food began at an early age. My mom is my favorite cook, and my dad is my favorite grill master and toughest food critic (although I figured out his preferences and I sprinkle some nuts over his dessert and he’ll give it an A+). To this day, my mom cooks dinner every night and it’s mandatory that we sit down at the kitchen table to eat as a family (my mom, my dad, my two sisters, and Taki). This was one of my favorite parts of the day. This was the time that we would come together as a family to share the day’s events, laugh at my dad’s corny jokes, get into fights, and then make up 5 minutes later.
As a child, I spent a lot of time in the kitchen watching my parents and grandmother prepare meals, absorbing and evaluating every technique and method. I cultivated a passion for food at an early age experimenting with recipes and never hesitating to ask any question that came to mind. I grew up in Queens, New York where I was always surrounded by many different types of food and cuisines from all around the world. I had the opportunity to experience new flavors and unfamiliar food, which ignited my curiosity for food even more. I consider myself pretty lucky having grown up in such a vibrant part of the world that has allowed me to expand my passion for food far beyond my Mediterranean roots! As I grew older, my love of food became a defining aspect of my identity. I longed to learn more about food so I enrolled in Pastry School.
Fast forward to today…
I live in Astoria, New York and I am studying human nutrition. I no longer have the luxury of experimenting in my mom’s kitchen so my tiny third floor apartment kitchen is where all the magic happens (temporarily). I eat a healthy and well balanced diet and live an active lifestyle. But, some days I need a slice of pizza and a gooey brownie in order to keep my sanity. Oh, and I love eating handfuls of mini chocolate chips with toasted almonds. I’m a firm supporter of the 90/10 rule. It’s pretty simple; 90% of the time you focus on eating clean and healthy food, and 10% of the time you can treat yourself to a juicy hamburger or that slice of 4 layer chocolate fudge cake that has been daunting you all week. Everything in moderation!
I love going grocery shopping (well, just shopping in general), I’m usually always running late, and I get bored way too easily. I love sour candy, ice cream, sushi, caramel lattes, tacos, and I have yet to try a cake I didn’t like. Oh yeah, I’m also a chocoholic.
On that note, I’m very excited for you join me on my cooking adventures. Enjoy!