What recipes can I expect to see on this blog?
I love exploring different cuisines and I hate being limited by a category. The recipes here are a reflection of this and I hope that everyone can find something here that they would enjoy.
Many of the recipes you'll find here are vegan or vegetarian. Although we are omnivores, over the past year we've decided to reduce our consumption of meat which led to more creative vegan and vegetarian dishes. Occasionally a fish or meat dish will pop up. Since I love to bake, there are also many desserts here, as well as occasional cocktail recipes.
Where did you learn to cook?
I learned the basics from my mom. She is an extremely creative cook and the food that she makes is some of the best food on earth. I like to think that I get my instincts in the kitchen from her. Everything else I taught myself.
What does the name of the blog mean?
My grandmother grew gooseberry bushes in her vegetable garden at her dacha (summer home) in Russia, along with other berries, herbs, fruits, and vegetables. As a little girl, I remember collecting fresh fruits and vegetables together with my grandmother and my mom and watching them make meals, jams, preserves and pickles using the freshest ingredients. Gooseberries were one of my favorites. So the name gooseberry signifies one of my earliest experiences with food and also the Ukrainian/Russian side that influences my cooking.
The name mooseberry comes from a little over a year I spent in Norway as an adult, the land of the moose. The high cost of living there perfected my cooking skills and taught me to be a lot more creative in the kitchen. I learned how to recreate dishes my husband and I missed from some of our favorite restaurants in New York, and I prepared homemade meals every day so that we could both feel the comfort of home.
Who takes the photographs for the site?
The majority of them are taken by me. Sometimes my husband Tony takes a few photographs.
What camera do you use?
I use Olympus E-620. I appreciate the vivid color capture that Olympus is known for, and this camera is one of the few DSLRs that fits in my small hands. I primarily shoot with with 40-150 mm zoom lens. I also use a Lensbaby composer and sometimes (rarely) I use a 14-42mm lens.
Can use your photos?
All photos and content on this blog are copyrighted and may not be used without permission (with the exception of Pinterest). Please contact me by e-mailing to gooseberrymooseberry (at) gmail (dot) com if you would like to use any of the photos.
Please let me know if there are any other questions you have.