Hi there, I’m Nora and this is where I show the internet
my kitchen messes delish recipes your tastebuds will love, that keep your wallet happy (or sometimes… not) and make your noisy neighbor try and steal your kitchen secrets. Oh, and I also occasionally overshare my life because that’s what everyone is doing, right?
Before I had a baby I used to think that moms completely exaggerate when they talk about not finding the time to cook for their family. I was convinced that I could just continue whipping up elaborate meals in my kitchen while my kids would happily sit there and watch me. (⬅︎ Muuuahahahahahaha. That was my insane laugh.)
Then Baby Savory came along and had a slightly different opinion on things.
Just picture me standing there at 3 in the afternoon, still in my pyjamas, crying over a collapsed hundred-tiered cake because I was in a rush to go feed my little
Tyrannosaurus baby. Maybe I was even frustrated enough to eat that cake with a spoon while sobbing about being a failure, but that’s pure speculation. I finally had to come to terms with the facts that a) Baby Savory wasn’t going to learn how to feed herself any time soon and b) we couldn’t live from burnt cake scraps and runny frosting forever.
So I fell in love with the simplicity of fresh and tasty cooking without making a huge deal about everything. Now don’t get me wrong though, I’m not always an easy cook. I’m temperamental in the kitchen and sometimes fussy and complicated. Which tells you more about my wicked personality than you should probably know, but it’s a mere fact.
I mean, you CAN count on finding a plethora (my husband says to not use this word, which is why I extra-use it) of super easy recipes on Savory Nothings. But you can also count on the fact that I’ll never use marinara from a jar and refuse to buy pre-shredded cheese.
Seriously though. That shit looks like artificial straw.
Bottom line – I want my meals to taste like freaking angel food, so I learned how to give my complicatedness boundaries (at least some) and taught myself how to add as much flavor as possible to one pot meals and easy baking recipes. Now your nagging toddler has no chance to even begin thinking about a tantrum before your cake hits the oven. #winning
I can feed my family simple but awesome food in the comfort of our home while still having time to cuddle my kids, and by cuddle I mean keeping them from eating random stuff they find on the floor. Kidding, I’m totally obsessed with my kids.
OK, so I’m not making five-fancy-cheese-covered-chardonnay-glazed-pigeon-hors-d’oeuvres anymore. But at least I stopped curling up on the nicely flour dusted kitchen floor because a caviar pearl wandered out of place on my plate (I actually did that way back when I tried to be all classy on here).
This blog was born out of a completely different reason, but as my life started to change with my babies it has evolved into a passion to make the life of busy women easier, the kind of women who actually have taste and want to keep their kids from thinking jello cups are an acceptable dessert.
Jello cups are never an acceptable dessert. Salted caramel is, always.
I want to help you keep your love for food, despite having kids. AND passing it on to your munchkins, because is there anything more beautiful than having a kid who pretend-plays to cook dinner all the time, knows what eggplants are and eats capers like there’s no tomorrow?
All in good taste, from easy meals made with fresh ingredients to delish breakfasts, sweet desserts and (sometimes, a little) adult food (aka cocktails and appetizers, yes, they can be consumed in yoga pants) – it’s all gathered right here in one place for you to browse, tested and approved by me and my picky family. Did I say picky? I meant wonderful.
Here are a few more facts about me:
* I live in ~fancy~ Europe with my husband Brani who is a trained chef who got downgraded to be my personal dishwasher, could eat his own body weight in chocolate and should receive a title for professional recipe-disaster-mood-enhancer. Our baby girl is the professional sleep-depriver of the family and our toddler is my sous chef.
* I don’t have any formal culinary training but I just really love to cook. I usually test my recipes at least once to make sure you will not end up getting mad at me because my cake destroyed your oven but please forgive me if it happens anyways. NO, don’t worry, it won’t happen.
* On many recipes you will find both cups and weight measurements, this is because I was mom-taught to use scales and then moved out, never bothered to buy my own and used tablespoons to measure anything from coffee grounds to muffin ingredients. I now own four sets of kitchen scales (I think I need to make up for lost time?), several measuring cups plus spoons so I can give you any measurement you want. Kind of a win-win, right? Uhm, sort of.
* I pretend to listen to cool British indie rock bands that don’t exist anymore. But really I’m just trying to cover up my obsession with Taylor Swift and Nursery Rhymes. (You should still go listen to that UK indie band though: Black Box Recorder).
* I don’t do favorites, I’m simply too indecisive. Chocolate or vanilla? WHAT DO YOU MEAN with “you can’t have both”?!
* I’m notoriously impatient. Completely cooled cake is foreign to me.
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