Welcome My Vintage Cooking
Hi there! I’m Saara and this is my little corner to nourish some lifelong curiosities. Please take a seat at the table to enjoy classic recipes, food history, and Nordic culinary heritage. Here at My Vintage Cooking, I also serve you a complete course on moody food photography.
What you will find here?
I’m aI’m a Finnish photographer with Northern roots. And with this background, it’s only natural that you can enjoy a variety of classic Finnish and Nordic food traditions here. The journey does not stop there, though. I bake and cook with a seasonal mindset and travel quite a bit with food traditions around the world.
How I became to love food?
The love for local and delicious homemade food was instilled in me already in my childhood. Wild berries, river fish, and real rye bread are something I always miss when abroad. I’m an ambassador for seasonal eating, and I love baking with rye.
I value the connection food brings into my daily life. Cryptic handwritten recipes inspire me, and stained cookbooks reveal the most trustworthy desserts loved by generations. I love the stories and memories people share with their recipes. Being connected to food encompasses so many streams of my life – from the early found obsession to still life to my current quest to have a better green thumb in our country home.
And remember the cooking shows in the 90s? I used to play a chef as a kid, and I ran a pancake show in my childhood home. This clever play was often an excuse to have a sweet feast, but in retrospect, I can say that having freedom in the kitchen from a young age built confidence. Since then, I’ve taken on countless gastronomic adventures. Considering the state of my wardrobe & my reputation with a sweet tooth, I have not changed much, but that’s okay I guess!
Besides all things photography and food, I’m happiest exploring the outdoors with my husband. He has taught me how to forage mushrooms and cook meals in the wilderness. It is a blessing to have a shared passion for flavors with your other half, but a mutual understanding of the hard work is also fundamental. We have a solid deal – I clean the wild berries & my husband takes care of the mushroom basket.
Photography is my medium, and here, I share my work with natural light mostly. Understanding the Northern latitudes, we sometimes have more light (beautiful summers) and often times less (oh so long winters). For me personally, the most inspiring time to shoot is during the shifting season.
With food and still life, I’m in the Sony family. I often get whimsical with vintage lenses, and I also love working with film. If you have a question about food photography or my photos, I’m happy to help.
And with any questions and recipe ideas, I’m happy to hear more. Should you want to book me for your project, please contact me at hello [at] myvintagecooking.com
Thanks for stopping by!