Welcome to the Redolent Cherry, my own little nook on the web!


Redolent? Cherry? What?

Whenever I visit a new blog, the about me page is the first thing I read. I guess it's because I like to know who I'm visiting exactly, just like in real life, to get the feel of the person.

So here we go. My name is Cami (Camelia), I am 28, I was born and raised in a magical place called Transylvania. (Which is an area in Romania, not the setting for a vampire novel, thanks!). We are known for beautiful landscapes, cultural traditions, a very recognizable area accent, and being extremely good and welcoming hosts. Some of which has translated to me. I loved being in my parents' garden, and I still dream about the days I've had growing up. Somehow, I often find myself seeking comforting moments in my current daily life that remind me of my childhood, and a lot of them revolve around food. So choosing the word redolent to describe this works out well. The scent of cherries is probably my favorite one in the world, and I've also had a gorgeous cherry tree in my garden growing up, which my grandfather planted not long before I was born. I've had quite an adventure in that tree as a kid!

 the magical garden I grew up in

the magical garden I grew up in

Fast-forward a few years later, after graduating from high school, I've moved to the capital city of Romania, Bucharest, to study and see what a big city could offer to a small town girl like me. I wanted to be a film director, because I was passionate about art cinema and I thought the seventh art form would combine all my great loves, music, literature and photography into one, but after I failed the admission exam, I went to my back-up plan of studying foreign languages. I loved discovering new cultures and languages, and I'd been studying English since I was 7 years old, so it came naturally to me. After 7 years of studying and working as a translator in Bucharest (where I had my rented studio apartment with a tiny kitchen - the kitchen I learned to cook in), I moved to Helsinki to follow... love. I had met this Finnish guy in the summer of 2015, we fell madly in love, but we always had to get on a plane to see each other. It was hard, and very lonely. So in the middle of the 2016 winter, I moved to one of the coldest places on earth: Finland. After one of the most grueling winters of my life in a dark 25 m2 apartment (Finnish winters last very long, they are often -20C degrees cold and dark most of the day), we've moved to a decent size apartment with (for the first time in my life) a normal-size kitchen! We got great light in there, and so, one thing led to another, I started the food blog I had dreamed about for years. I was cooking almost everyday for us anyway, so why not share it with the world? He always joked about how I should open a little Cami bistro in Helsinki, because he's never had food as good as mine. I'm pretty sure it's one of the main reasons he fell in love with me: the warm, home-cooked food in his belly every single day. So without further boring introductions, let's cook!

P.S. He made the beautiful logo on this website, check out his portfolio on Behance!

P.P.S. Some changes happened, but I am still staying in Finland! Crazy, right?