Winnie Abramson is an inspiring photographer, writer and baker. She creates beautiful, healthy recipes in her green kitchen, and shares them on her blog, The Healthy Green Kitchen. We’re regularly inspired by the light Winnie captures and the way she transforms ingredients. Between her training as a naturopath, life as a mother of two, and ventures into chicken and bee-keeping, Winnie’s perspective is fresh and always brings us back to her site. Today, we’re lucky to be able to get to know her a little bit better while sharing with you.
What is your favorite part about being in the kitchen with your kids?
My kids both love being in the kitchen, and this of course makes me very happy. While I adore them just being around when I am cooking (most weeknights, they do their homework at our kitchen island while I make dinner), I absolutely love it when they decide they want to make something on their own. My daughter is 9 and she loves to bake; my son is 12 and he’s more of a cook. I give them a lot of autonomy (as much as is safe and reasonable, anyway) and enjoy seeing what they come up with. The clean-up is another story, but we won’t talk about that ;)
What is the one thing you hope they never lose about their relationship or experience with food?
I hope my kids will always have a healthy relationship to food, that’s they’ll always be adventurous eaters, and that they’ll always want to share home cooked meals with family and friends.
Your parents owned the Quilted Giraffe (a prominent New York restaurant) when you were growing up. How has that influenced your experience and understandings of food?
I could go on and on about how that experience shaped my feelings about food, but to keep it brief: I think above all I learned about the importance of procuring the highest quality ingredients and using them in uncomplicated, yet creative ways.
What ingredient is never missing from your pantry or fridge?
I keep chickens, so I guess it would be eggs. I’ve always got organic salted butter on hand, too, though.
What is one ingredient you wish you had tried sooner?
I guess I’d have to say fontina cheese. I just discovered it this summer.
What recipe idea has been bumping around in your head, that you can’t wait to make?
Funny you should ask. I saw this maple glazed date cake in an issue of Donna Hay magazine last fall and I’ve been wanting to play with the recipe to incorporate pumpkin. I finally did so yesterday…it came out great!
How does your career as a naturopathic doctor influence the way you look at food?
Because of my naturopathic education, I see food as much more than just fuel or something that makes us feel good. I see it as having the power to harm or to heal. I am very conscious of the fact that there is not one way to eat healthy- we are all unique individuals with different dietary needs. I try to feature a wide variety of recipes on my blog because of this; I really try to make whole, real foods as creative and beautiful and appealing as possible.
What was the first food blog you ever read?
The first blog I ever read was Gluten Free Girl, and I continue to enjoy Shauna’s work to this day.
What is the most recent addition to your list of must-read websites?
Wow that is a tough question. There are so many excellent blogs, and I discover new ones I love every week. If I had to name the one I’ve most recently fallen in love with though, it would be Fresh New England.
Three words. Go.
1. Family 2. Food 3. Fun
It was such a pleasure to have you here, Winnie. Thank you for taking the time to chat with us!
All photos courtesy of Winnie Abramson.