Gintare Marcel from Gourmantine Blog

by Maureen Shaw

Gintare from Gourmantine BlogThere are some people who look like they have it all and Gintare Marcel from Gourmantine Blog is one of those people for me.  Not only is she gorgeous to look at, her food is so attractive and well-styled that I almost get to the stage of envy.  She’s one of the most talented food bloggers I know.  Who else do you know that makes piña coladas for breakfast?  See?  Now you know why I love her.

Gintare was born in Lithuania and left seven years ago.  Since then she has lived in France and now the Netherlands and as you can tell from her blog, she’s fluent in English too.  Gourmantine often has recipes Gintare loved as a child as well as recipes she’s picked up along the way.  In her house they routinely speak three languages and sometimes the borders merge.

Just when I think I know the real Gintare, she surprises me by sharing just a little bit of information about herself.  Recently she wrote to me to announce the launch of her first cookbook and it’s a stunner.   Available in ebook as well as hardcover, Gems of the Cold invites you on a journey of tastes and senses with more than 50 wonderful recipes for Autumn and Winter.

Gems of the Cold by Gintare Marcel

One peek at the preview of Balsamic Shallot Relish meant I had to buy the book.   It was worth it.  I’ve cooked several things from her cookbook and her Pumpkin, Sage and Bacon Tart is a favorite.

Gintare started her blog in 2010 and she admits to a bit of trial and error to find her voice and I think I can say with all authority that she has found it.  Her recipes are (mostly) healthy but she doesn’t leave anything out.  You’ll find sweet, savory, healthy and some are just a bit sinful.

Her food philosophy is old-fashioned:  eat seasonal food in moderation with a pinch of common sense.

One day on my blog at I was complaining that I didn’t like to shop and probably didn’t have a shopping gene.  Gintare left a comment that she’s a recovering serial shopper who has a very intact shopping gene.  Maybe I could get her to come to Australia and shop for me?

I’ve been so eager to start doing videos and if mine could be 1/10th as good as Gintare’s first –  sharing the poppy seed cake she made for Mother’s Day, I’d be very happy.  Any mother would love this cake.  It’s poppy seed cake filled with mascarpone, lemon curd and fresh strawberries.

 Gintare has a very special talent for styling and lighting food.  For most food bloggers, styling is what lets us down most often.  We can have the most mouth-watering food but if it doesn’t look good in the photos, we’re stuffed.  Good recipes and good photos make a successful food blog and Gourmantine blog has both.

Just look at her Scallops with Vanilla Brown Butter Sauce.

Scallops with vanilla brown butter sauce

This Flourless Chocolate Cake is one of Gintare’s favorites and I can certainly see why.  I think this will be on our table this week.  It’s got a second title of The Easiest Chocolate Cake You’ll Ever Make.  It certainly looks pretty fancy to me.

Flourless Chocolate Cake from
My favorite recipe from her blog has to be her BBQ: The Lithuanian Way.  This meat looks so appetizing and the post made me smile when I read that this is her father and brother’s recipe.  She just watched as they did all the work.

BBQ: The Lithuanian Way
Please visit Gintare at  You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest too.

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Maureen is the owner of,, and shares FoodWriterFriday with Helene Dsouza from She loves to cook and really loves to eat and entertain. She's on a quest to prove there ARE recipes better than sex. She's come close a time or two so she's still searching.
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Lizzy (Good Things) January 17, 2014 at 3:24 pm

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful… and so good to learn more about Gintare. Thank you so much!


John@Kitchen Riffs January 19, 2014 at 2:31 am

“Gintare has a very special talent for styling and lighting food. “ This is so true! Her photos are incredible. The recipes are quite good too – excellent, really. But her photos are wonderful. Super post – thanks.


Gintare @Gourmantine January 20, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Maureen, I’m speechless… Thank you, thank you, thank you for the kind words! I’m blushing reading your post and I think will have a big smile for a long time 🙂


Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 22, 2014 at 9:55 am

Ginatare’s styling is so beautiful, so lovely to see her featured here!


mjskit January 30, 2014 at 1:31 pm

I’ve always wanted to know more about the blogger behind Gourmantine so I was thrilled when I saw this pop up. Gintare, you are as beautiful as your photography!! What a great interview! Headed over to check out her ebook. Thanks Gintare for sharing a little of yourself with Maureen and now the rest of us.


Jill @ MadAboutMacarons February 3, 2014 at 6:45 pm

You know, I’ve always been in awe of Gourmantine but to see the beautiful face of Gintare behind it all, it’s a special treat. Great piece, Maureen. Bravo, Gintare, on the book and stunning photography as ever.


Fabvanes April 5, 2014 at 6:15 pm

Wow, what a wonderful review! I have been one of the few lucky guinea pigs to taste her recipes by her own hand and down the occasional wine (or 2, or a bottle) with her since she moved to the Netherlands. I am happy to see her in the spotlight like this. It is not just her recipes and style of photography that are unique, she really is a beautiful person all over. Thanks for giving her the credit she deserves. 🙂


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