I’m Jas, a cheesecake addict, and a Bosnian expat living in Northern Indiana since summer of 1998 following a six-year exile in Germany. I write this blog and the stories in it, I take these photos (you can often see my reflection in the spoons), cook this food and I eat most of it too, according to my scale.
I was born waaay back in the winter of 1965. I grew up in a traditional European family, the kind of family that sits together for big weekend lunches. Those lunches always began with some kind of soup. It isn’t a big lunch unless you begin it with a spoon.
In the early age of my life food has never had a central position. It wasn’t until much later that I learned to appreciate a good dish. I actually hated eating and hated helping in the kitchen. Cut the onions; peel the potatoes; stir the pot, etc. were unpopular chores ordered by my mom (who is an excellent cook, btw) but while doing them I picked up the basic knowledge for food preparation. The rest came with my curiosity; I am not a trained chef.
I’m a mom to Andrea (31) and a grandma to adorable Avelyn (4 1/2 yr) who loves helping me in the kitchen and Alyvia (1 1/2 yr). I hope I can capture the smells and tastes of their childhood, inspired by mine, so you will find this blog filled with nostalgia. I am also a step-grandma to Alexia (9) and Alaina (7) who love baking with grandma Jas.
I’m enthused by the freedom of substituting ingredients and experimenting with them that cooking allows you. And unlike my mother, I do not like any help (except Ava’s). Stay out of my kitchen while I’m cooking, but you’re welcome to clean it afterward. 🙂
When I’m not busy cooking you’ll find me photographing, birding, spending time with my family, reading, writing, spoiling my dog and tending to my vegetable garden. I also like knitting, crocheting and crafting whatever project I can find on Pinterest.
I enjoy traveling too and besides visiting back Germany and all the countries that once made up Yugoslavia, I’ve been to Austria, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France, Monaco, Canada, Haiti, and the Bahamas. I hope one day I’ll stay longer than just the layover in England and Spain, visit Greece, Australia, and New Zealand. But one way to travel is to bring the traditional food from around the world to my kitchen.
World cuisine doesn’t have to be expensive. By simplifying them a little I get the same great taste for less money. I hope to inspire you to try new, ethnic food. I assure you if I didn’t like the recipe I didn’t post it, although tastes are different and I can’t make you love or hate something I do. You just have to try it for yourself 🙂
All that’s me, Jas of all trades.
So maybe you stumbled upon my blog when you were combing the internet for a simple dinner recipe, or maybe you were in need of an idea for European cuisine, or perhaps it was just an accident. Whatever the reason I am delighted you came for a visit. So, welcome to All that’s Jas and thank you for being here. Please stick around, subscribe, and share the love!
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