Mire se vini! Welcome!
Tor-tah teh boo-koo-rrah means Pretty Cakes in Albanian.
Ok, Torta te Bukura is a bit of a misnomer. I don’t intend for this blog to be only about pretty cakes and I know that my teenage son would certainly never ever have chosen Torta te Bukura for this blog. But I’ve been trying to come up with a name for the past several weeks and nothing sounded right until last night when I thought this one up. It just rolled of my tongue so smoothly that I didn’t waste anytime to sign up for a WordPress blog. Why would my son care, you may ask …..well, he and I plan on working on this blog together. We both love food and we both enjoy cooking and baking. He’ll be taking most of the photos while I’ll be doing much of the writing and the recipe testing.
So here’s my life in short bites.
I was born in the USA but made with Albanian parts. Grew up in Michigan. Worked in the Balkans for 5 years as a USGOV linguist.
Although my mother didn’t have the patience to teach me to cook, I learned by taking cooking classes in school, watched scores of cooking shows and read many cookbooks. My go-to recipes usually come from the Cook’s Illustrated shows and books. I’ll even use the occasional NYT recipe if it’s not too pretentious as they are wont to be. Martha Stewart is also a source of ideas for me but I find her recipes in need of a tweak or two.
I’m still new to writing and photographing a blog even though I have been reading them for awhile now. If you have any tips or suggestions for me or the blog, I welcome them.