Vivi grew up in Germany and now lives in Belgium and is a full time mother to seven children. After seeing her delicious recipes we decided to find out more about Vivi.
What kind of home foodwise did you grow up in?
I grew up as an only child with busy working parents and a maid doing the cooking. did not enjoy that particularly.. Cooking was not a priority in the house and since I always appreciated good food I was going to change that in my own home.
How did you get into cooking?
The first time I did anything in a kitchen was after I got married. I still remember reading in a book how to make scrambled eggs. I owe my cooking skills mostly to learning from the fabulous cook books of Evelyn Rose of blessed memory from Manchester, England. I think she is the best kosher author of all times, so if you can still find her books somewhere get them! I collect kosher and other cookbooks but hers are the best!
So you grew up in Germany, live in Belgium and follow an English Chef. Does your cooking incorporate all those nationalities or only some and in what way?
My nationalities dont influence my cooking. I learned most from international kosher chefs' books. Beside I looked a lot into Italian recipes, Italian kitchen tops all others in my opinion.
When do you do your Shabbos cooking?
I do my Shabbos cooking Friday morning, except when we have company. In that case I start Thursday. Sometimes I make challah and desserts early in the week and freeze them.
How are your kids different than you in their eating styles?
I love to try out new recipes from everywhere and my husband and kids usually are very enthusiastic testers. We love milchig and italian style food during the week. Even with all the testing there is no Shabbos without chicken soup and potato kugel;)
My youngest son is giving me a hard time wanting to survive on pizza and pasta only, any tips how to change this would be welcome!
Do you prefer baking or cooking and how do you divide your time?
I love both cooking and baking, however I only bake for Shabbos/Yom Tov.
Aside from your home cooking do you do anything cookingwise outside of your home?
I used to write a cooking column for a local weekly and later published two small cooking booklets for the school fundraiser. They were a big success here but unfortunately they are written in Flemish.
I am currently translating my best recipes on culinary kosher, since many people ask me for an English version. I do add in quite a few new recipes as well otherwise it would be to boring. I also retry and improve my old ones in the process.
I am looking forward to receiving my first custom cookbook soon, I will have to make lots of copies for daughters, dil and friends, they are all waiting..
I am very excited with the menu section on culinary kosher and hope from now on to save my menus in an organized fashion.
Generally I love hanging out on the site and want to thank yael for the great job!
Thanks Vivi for being our first interviewee. We wish you lots of Nachas from all your children and your whole family. May every dish you prepare find favor in their eyes!