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.


26 comments on “Bio

  1. Joe says:

    Good job on the Blog.. by the way her cooking is excellent as I have had the pleasure of having her cook for me at her house. Miss my Battle, may he stay safe and return home soon.

  2. pixen says:

    Torta te bukura or which ever title you want to call your blog is a small part to worry about. For me, the most important thing is the content 🙂 You did very well for beginner. Take your sweet time and enjoy posting your views and recipes 🙂 Looking forward to your creations…

    I also wished all the best and safe return of your love one. Take care.

  3. Pat W. says:

    Your blog is wonderful & your photography is terrific! Delighted to have stumbled upon it.

    I also know what it’s like to find Mr. Right after a Mr. Wrong. My Knight in shining armor was deployed in the first Gulf War. May your (rather dashing, I might add) Sgt. Mr.Right stay safe & come back to you soon.

    All the best to you & your family.

  4. Natalia says:

    Your food is very yummy. Take it from your step-daughter[:

  5. Kindred view of the Kitchen…. I’m not in to pretentious food/ingredients either! Look forward to making some of your recipes!

  6. Nix says:

    it’s amazing how some words repeat themselves from language to language: “torta” also means cake in spanish.
    i agree with the comment above, the pics are fantastic.

    • tortatebukura says:

      There are a number of Albanian words that are from Latin that’s why the word Torte is similar to the Spanish, French and Italian words for cake.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  7. thepseudoepicurean says:

    Lovely blog. Great pictures and the food looks fabulous!

  8. saviajane says:

    I think I’m going to take to cooking after much deliberation…I’m adding this blog to my blogroll.

    Thank you. 🙂

  9. Brenda Lee says:

    I have had her cheesecake and it is terrific…need to make one and send it to me…better yet you & hubby & son visit and I can get it in person!

  10. Gresa says:

    Hi, my name is Gresa, i just want to say thank you so much for your blog. im kosovan married to an albanian and we are a very young couple living in London and we have a 2year old child, my mum passed away when i was 15 so i wasnt lucky to learn from her. (she would make GREAT TASTY FOOD)
    i cant read albainan as i grew up in London, albanian cook books were useless to me. my husband loves albanian food and i couldnt make him any albanian food as i didnt no where to get the recipes from. so im really happy that i found your web site, thank you

    • tortatebukura says:

      Hello Gresa,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I cannot imagine how hard that must have been on you as a young girl.

      I am happy that I could help you in some small way. I don’t have too many Albanian recipes myself because my mother had no patience to teach me but I have learned a few on my own. I apologize for not having any new recipes on my blog. I am expecting a baby boy in May and I was ill for the first 3 months of the pregnancy. After that we ended up having to move from Texas to California so I didn’t have much free time to update my blog. If there are any particular Albanian recipes you are looking for, please email me at and I will try to help you anyway I can.

      All my best,

  11. Petrit says:

    Well well well. Another Albanian food blogger. Nice to meet you. Great work.

  12. Tara Flagg says:

    I worked with her husband and was fortunate enough to get spoiled by her goodies at work! So I know from first hand experiance they are delicious and creative! Thank you for the recipe, I can’t wait to try and make it myself. Best of luck to you and your family. I have your blog on my favorites so I will be checking on it periodically 🙂

    – Tara

  13. Ina says:

    Hi, its lovely to see an albanian posting food recipes i love cooking but just like you my mother hasn’t got any patience with teaching me how to cook, I hope you will post more albanian recipes!


  14. Rozana says:

    Mire se ju gjetem…!
    Hi, my name is Rozana, I was looking for recipe to make petulla, and i find your blog. Congratulations, is a very nice blog! I am from South Albania,I lived in Albania 13 years, and now i have 14 years that I live in Greece. My father makes often petulla for us, usually at weekends. I like very much Albanian, Greek, Turkish and Italian food.
    nice job… 😉

    • tortatebukura says:


      Me vjen mire qe e keni pelqyer bllogun time.

      Prej cilit vend te Shqiperise jeni? Baban e kam nga fshaterat te Korces kurse une jam lindur dhe rritur ne Amerike.

      Gjithe te mirat.

      • Rozana says:

        Kenaqsia ishte e imja.
        Babi im eshte nga Tepelena kurse Mami nga Vlora. Kam pasur rastin te shkoj ne Korce dhe mund te them se eshte nje qytet i bukur…
        Ke shkuar ndonjeher ne Shqiperi?

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