Hi there, I’m Saara and My Vintage Cooking is my little corner to nourish some lifelong curiosities. If you also enjoy food photography, culinary history and vintage recipes, please do join me every Sunday for new blog post.
WHO AM I?
I’m a Finnish photographer with Northern roots. 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.
Here in the blog I share some of this personal history whilst diving deeper in the Nordic culinary culture in general. I also travel quite a bit with food traditions from other corners of the world. In 2019 I’ve been focusing on Chinese food behind the scenes.
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. Family. Generations. History. Friends. And nature. I enjoy the seasons & nurture my green thumb in our country home where I grow herbs, veggies and fruits.
I feast on food literature, still life and I live to eat. My passion for cooking has grown ever since I ran a pancake show in my childhood home in the 90s. A kid’s clever play, inspired by the morning TV chefs, was often an excuse to have a sweet feast. It was fun, it worked and more importantly having freedom in the kitchen from a young age built confidence. Since then I’ve taken on countless gastronomic adventures. White collar shirts, berets and dresses were my favorite things to wear since a little girl. Considering the states of my wardrobe & my reputation with a sweet tooth, I have not changed much.
Besides all things photography and food, I’m happiest exploring 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 also a mutual understanding of the hard work that it involves achieving them. We have a solid deal – I clean the berries & he takes care of the mushroom basket.
Photography is my medium and I work with natural light. Here in these Northern latitudes we sometimes have more of light (long summers) and sometimes less (oh so long winters) but for me the most inspiring time to shoot is between these.
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 any questions or ideas, I’m happy to hear more.
Thanks for stopping by!
To contact me, please email hello [at] myvintagecooking.com