Behind The Scenes
Hi there! My name is Paola, and when I’m not painting, odds are you’ll find me in the kitchen. I was born in Mexico City, to a Dutch father and a Mexican mother, and left Mexico City at 16 to study abroad. I lived abroad for a decade between the East Coast of the United States, Scotland (hey University of St Andrews!), and London.
For as long as I can remember I have been whipping up seven-course meals.
No, no I’m totally kidding! I was definitely a late bloomer in the kitchen, and did not become fully emerged in the culinary world well into university (when I had to do all the cooking myself!). Yeah, yeah I know. Shame on me.
Nonetheless, there is something to be said about growing up immersed in such a rich culinary culture, as is the Mexican one. Como agua para chocolate (Like Water For Chocolate) by Laura Esquivel for me is a treasure of how life ought to be lived. And just like Tita, I’m a believer that smells have the power to evoke the past, bringing back sounds and even other smells that have no match in the present.
I was diagnosed (shall we say formally?) with coeliac disease in 2013, when I had to leave behind all the gluten grains (ahem, home made pasta and sourdough bread…!). It was a year of experimentation and drastic changes. And while I was already dabbling before in the art of ‘gluten-free’ cooking, I suddenly became fully restricted.
The options nowadays, however, are truly fantastic. And this is what Gnom-Gnom is about. Sharing with you the wonderful recipes I have cooked up, and the ones that are still to come.