How was your passion for cooking born?
It all started when I was a child, I watched my grandmother ‘Linda’ concoct delicious dishes for the family. She enjoyed it, it meant the world to her, and at that time I also wanted to be a part of that adventure. She traveled around the world, tasted international culinary specialties before sharing her discoveries with us.
Do you feel like it has been a mission for you?
Absolutely. Today I want to share these culinary specialties with my generation and show them that food is fun. It’s an adventure that allows us to live a wonderful experience; and a way to forge our personality! I am especially passionate by the experience of the food because it promotes unity. I love to share the recipes of my grandmother with my friends and awaken sensations that they haven’t felt before. I am passionate about food, and by the way in which it guides us.
What does gastronomy represent for you?
The food, whether gourmet or simple everyday cooking, allows us to time travel. Intimate memories are revived which take us back to moments shared with friends or family. Eating also allows us to discover new cultures.
What do you like about food?
What I particularly appreciate in food is the pleasure and happiness it brings me; for me food is a spontaneous and inventive craft that engages all the senses! Each of the recipes of "The Small Garden" involves much more than just a list of ingredients and instructions. They take root in my adventures, my stories and my imagination, forming a culinary representation of my personality.
Tell us about your project "The Small Garden"
"The Small Garden" is my gateway to express all that I love about food, gastronomy, happiness and life itself ... I am convinced that all those who have a dream must follow it ... because with extreme perseverance, the results can be awesome!
Your goal today is…
My goal is to develop an artistic project, to collaborate with talented people, look into the style of the food and even the writing ... and obviously eating! That’s the icing on the cake! Everyone should take the time to appreciate the little things in life. I hope to offer the readers a moment, in which they are immersed a situation where they just can’t help but smile…
Read more about Rana and her recipes in the September issue of Mondanite, now available in stores.
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