There 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.
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 orgasmicchef.com 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.
Just look at her 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.
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.