Artistic Reflections on Food and a Cheesecake Recipe

Everyday food can open up questions of memory, that nostalgia that makes us crave for something we've longed for, and its discourse and practice has changed a lot in the past years. Our relationship with food has changed, for some through the exploration of old recipes, for others through new eating practices, more organic or vegan and raw. For me is somewhere in between, interchanging my grand-ma's old-fashioned recipes of flavorful family-style meals with modern versions influenced by my travels, seasonal produce and my favorite cuisines.

A few months ago I created this cheesecake, as a family-inspired dessert, that's so perfect for celebrating. Each holiday, birthday or guest visit comes with good treats, and this recipe is pretty low on sugar and butter and gets topped with a good mixture of eggs and cream cheese. So, it's sort of a compromise on the classic cheesecake, but fully loaded with good flavors. The vanilla wafer crunch makes for such a great texture and the soft cheese filling just works beautifully. Just top it with your favorite fresh fruits and you're ready to dig in!

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Cheesecake with Strawberries Gabriela Iancu Overhead

All About You, Love

If I am to write anything fine or noble in the future I shall do so only by listening at the doors of your heart.— James Joyce

Opening yourself up to love means the world around you changes. This evening subtle light seems to almost change the time, with first glances onto enchanting new feelings. A late dessert, as the best feature of a lovely night, is set against a retro story that reminds how old and simple happiness is. I love you.

Art, like love, elevates our spirits and invigorates our lives. Fondly passionate about the 60s and 70s—the creative influence of this lovely dessert—I was especially excited to create a contemplative feeling of those times. My photographic and film explorations have always led to searching a deep expression in art, an expression that cultivates a sense of time and place. I often feel creatively inspired by the beauty of the past times, and use the spirit of a particular era to tell the story of what it represents to me. Reimagining the timeless spirit of art and love with photography can only create a beautiful image of the romantic, the creative, the spiritual, the intellectual and universal of life itself. Love graciously and always!




Sweet Comfort Doughnuts and Communication Arts Feature

Happy new year, everyone! I'm back to share a homemade doughnuts recipe and a new collaboration that I'm very proud of. For starters, I know doughnuts seem to require a lot of work,  but this isn't always the truth. Doughnuts are always great, and such a humble snack to enjoy in the comfort of your home. Yet, there are so many ways to give a twist to the classic profile, like this mix of spices made of ginger, cloves and cinnamon, that I love to use on sweet little desserts I'm making at home. If this combination tempts you, then you are in the right place to give it a try.

I am also so honored to have taken part in sharing What Liberty Ate magazine and my insights on food photography and styling for the newest January/February of Communication Arts magazine. When Monica Kass Rogers contacted me in fall for an opportunity to be interviewed on the emerging trends in food photography, I was so thrilled, since I was a regular reader of Communication Arts. I have to thank Monica for including me, alongside other great artists, in this article, and writing a great piece on what is defining food photography today, and how artists and magazines approach the styling aspect of it.

I know that 2015 has been a challenging year for me, with lots of travel and exciting new projects, and the release of Florilegium magazine meant so much work, responsibility, diligence and creativity, and now I am so happy to see that it has taken a very exciting turn. But, I will share more about this soon with you all! Meantime, I have this doughnuts recipe, photos and a living still, to celebration the start of a new year!

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