Introducing the Blogger: Who Is Helena?

It was a dark and gloomy night. I was sitting at home and it was already the 6th week of COVID-19 quarantine. I had barely left the house and I could see spiderwebs forming on the handle of the front door. It was silent, apart from the occasional sounds of Animal Crossing and another book being thrown into the “read books” pile. Suddenly, there was a gust of wind from the open window and the floor creaked…

…and I realised that I need a new hobby.

Heya lovelies, and welcome to my new blog!

I am Helena, I’m currently 27 years old, and I’m from Estonia. If you’ve never ever heard of a country called Estonia before, don’t worry – many haven’t! It’s a tiny Baltic country in Europe, tucked away between Finland, Sweden, Latvia, and Russia. When I say “tiny”, I mean it – we have only 1,3 million people!

Tallinn, the capital of Estonia

If you keep reading the blog, you might notice soon that culturewise we have many similarities with our neighbour Finland (for example, saunas are a big thing here and we are not the most social people) and also Russia as we are a post-Soviet country.

If you’d like to visit Estonia, we would probably tell you to come during summertime and especially on a year when there’s an Estonian Song Celebration happening. We would also tell you to visit a bog, try to eat our curd dessert “kohuke”, go to a sauna and jump to the nearby lake afterwards (or into the snow during the winter).

Estonian bog

Helena, a History

In a nutshell, my educational background is in psychology, more specifically I’m interested in the Psychology and Law field. Despite that, I have somehow ended up working in IT. I am a huge Harry Potter fan and generally love to read a lot. I also enjoy video games and board games. You probably already get the vibe – I am a quite introverted “homey” person.

When I thought back to my childhood, I realised I have loved cooking and baking as long as I can remember. When I was younger, one of my favourite games to play was “café”. I would spend hours putting together a menu, cooking up different “dishes” and then selling them to my family. Yup, you got it – my mom bought the groceries and then had to pay again to eat them. Oops!

During my studies I spent quite a few years working in different restaurants, so that’s when food and drinks became a bigger part of my life. Although this was not a direct cause of my love for cooking and baking, the time definitely pushed me to try new things and experiment with flavours more.

Also, working in busy restaurants teaches you new things. Patience, for example. Also, how to handle stuff when you have 10 things to do at the same time. This can be really useful when baking!

Me and my Christmas macarons!

And now…

I don’t think of myself as a professional chéf or a baker, not by any means. However, the kitchen is my favourite place in the whole world and I consider baking to be my therapy. It works great, most of the time (I’m looking at you, macarons!). Whenever there is a party with my friends, you will find me from the kitchen preparing yet another dish to make sure everyone is fed (read: so full they can’t eat anymore) and happy. ?

About a year ago, I jumped the gun and decided to start a small business making macarons. I had made my first ones only a few months before that, so this has been a wonderful and terrifying experience all at once. I still don’t claim to be an expert. By the way, even if you think you might be an expert, NEVER say it out loud. I swear, those macarons will hear you and the next batch will become crackarons instead! I am still trying to figure the details out and the business has been more of a low-scale one (on purpose), but you can most likely expect some macaron stories on this blog as well!

My Valentines Day macs – when they had a good day..

That said, the goal of this blog is not to showcase perfect recipes, but rather to talk about the journey of cooking and baking – with all the ups and downs, successes and failures. I want to show you that you can create deliciousness with little effort. I also want to show you that somehow it’s still possible to mess up recipes you’ve tried many times. The main message, however, is – try something new, learn from it, and have fun in the process!

If you have any questions at all, reach out to me and I’ll get back to you. 🙂

All the best,
Helena ♡

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