Articles by Catalina Zaharescu Tiensuu

Romanian comfort food (part II, the dishes)

Romanian food (like any other cuisine) was influenced in its development by its neighbors and any country that had anything to do with it at any time. Turkish, Greek, Russian, Bulgarian, German and Hungarian cuisines helped Romanian cuisine grow a larger list of dishes. Several ingredients, spices and recipes were introduced during our long history and adapted to our culture and needs.However, I will not write about gastronomy history here because I am not that gifted. I will write about... continue reading

Ultra Violet and the food

My workmate Ioana wrote here about the color of the year 2018. And this is an interesting article, trust me.I don't know about you, but I am as happy as a kid eating a huge ice cream because Ultra Violet is the one for the next year. I love violet so much that one of my home walls is painted in this color. My husband made me a surprise and chose this color for one of the living room's walls. I used it many time as a background for my food photos. Anyway, I am not here to write about interior... continue reading

How to design your restaurant menu

Some people suggest that the usage of stock content for a restaurant’s menu might not be a great idea because the images might not reflect the reality. I say you can use stock images, fonts and templates, logos and design elements to stand out from the crowd. Dreamstime can offer all these and more in a large assortment and styles.The winter holidays are coming and this is always a good opportunity to revamp your restaurant menu with fresh items, or specific seasonal items. continue reading

Romanian comfort food (part I - the ingredients)

If I should make a count about Romanians' favorite ingredients or foods I would get to a very simple conclusion: meat (a lot of it, mostly pork), mamaliga (polenta), telemea (a Romanian cheese, a bit similar to feta, but better in taste - sorry Greeks, but it's true), tomatoes, fresh onion and garlic.You might think it's simple, but we, Romanians, are taking our tomatoes very seriously. Almost everybody with a garden or even a small corner in a balcony or kitchen or yard, will plant... continue reading

Mushroom picking in Finland

Many of us love to pick our own food. Some of us even grow it. I moved to Finland recently and one of the country's rule made me very happy: One can pick whatever berry or edible mushroom from any forest they wish. They call this “Every man’s right” and it means that one can walk freely in the forest (no matter who owns it).I love walking in the forest. I love the sound of the wind, the trees voices howling, the rays of sun passing through the trees, coloring everything in gold. Therefore... continue reading

10 reasons to love bacon

Maaan, I don't know about you but I love bacon. A bit smoked, a bit crispy, with that gorgeous sound it makes in the pan, bacon has driven many people crazy since the first time it was introduced in the cookery. Now, I know that many nutritionists and doctors are preaching that bacon is unhealthy, but there's this little voice in me that tells me these:1. The asparagus/avocado/green beans/pimientos I'm eating tastes better if it's wrapped in bacon slice. 2. The pea/pumpkin/beans/corn... continue reading

10 worth drooling over food photographers

As a food blogger for 7 years already, I always seek and try to learn as many interesting recipes as possible and also study the trends in gastronomy and food photography.Dreamstime has a rich collection of food images, made in different ways by very talented photographers or illustrators.So choosing only ten of them was a very difficult task, but I enjoyed every moment of this research.1. Hanna Shapulava’s style is delicious in itself. Always in trend with new dishes and food styling,... continue reading

Travel to Milan? Yes Ma’am! (part 1)

It is good to dream as long as you work to make it happen I am thinking sometimes.It is good to dream anyway, makes your heart easier and gives you comfort when you don’t feel too well.When I was a kid many people around me considered me a dreamer, an open eyes dreamer to be exact. Which is not a bad thing, since many of the important discoveries started by dreaming first. :)So, I will tell you a short story. It will be longer I hope in the part 2, for I hope I will have many things to tell... continue reading

My workmates

As I am writing this lines, in this early and shiny autumn morning, a muffin tray rests in the oven. Some cute, great smelling demerara sugar, walnuts and mango jelly muffins were baked for the last 25 minutes, will be carried for 40 minutes on my way to work and eaten in a matter of seconds by a part of the members of the dream team.For it is a dream team and I love to be a part of it. The Dreamstime team. I worked in a couple of places before I settled down here. And even if they all... continue reading

My favorite moment

That minute when you realize the moment is perfect, the light is soft and sweet, the colors are warm. That minute when you feel that love is in the air. When you feel the connection between two human beings.In this image you can see my sister and my lovely niece Natalia. She’s three and a half years now. I hope she will love this image when she will grow up, just as much as I do or any other member of our family.There is a single word that I wanted to express when I clicked the button.... continue reading

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