I me mine – the interview


When I started blogging a few years ago I was was very concerned about being anonymous, maybe it was because I started blogging in Swedish which is my mother tongue and where I’m better known than here or maybe I was just shy, I don’t know. I felt like this for quite a long while but now I don’t really know why I wanted that anymore because I think it is OK to let you know more about me, I even got as far as posting a photo in the margin and today you see another one (thank you Photoshop, I add a couple of filters and you immediately make me look better! Ask Marco, he was passing by while I was doing it and made a snarky comment about touched up photos…) I obviously wouldn’t tell you anything about my family and friends that could hurt them or make them feel uncomfortable but considering that I’m a quite open person in real life, I nowadays feel very OK about letting you in on more things about myself. So that is one of the reasons to why I hooked on to this interview thing out of free will but one of the other reasons is that in this way I get to ask you questions and then I will get to know you better! (If you are a blogger that is) I found it on a really interesting blog kept by Andrea who is an artist, it’s called colouring outside the lines and her post about it and her answers to the questions sort of forced me to ask her to interview me. So here I am with Andrea’s five questions but first I want to say Thank You for taking the time to make them!

1. How many languages do you speak fluently? Explain how important you think language is in your life.
I don’t speak that many languages fluently, Swedish of course and then Italian and English. Then I read French and Danish and Norwegian but the last two are relatively close to Swedish so it’s not that much of an accomplishment.
Language is very important to me, first of all because without it I wouldn’t be able to communicate very well (even though I never had any problems communicating here in Italy before I could speak Italian) and then I wouldn’t be able to read and as a compulsive reader that would be very difficult to live with. I also try to communicate visually through my photos and I think that the visual language of an image can speak as much as the written word, maybe it’s comparable to music sometimes.

How did you meet your husband and end up in beautiful Tuscany?
We met in Uppsala, Sweden. We first met at an extremely boring annual meeting of a history of ideas society but then we both had other partners (I don’t like that word, it sounds so businesslike) and we just became friends. Marco returned to Italy and I went to London to do research for my Ph. D. thesis. And then my then current boy friend met someone else and I went home to cry with my mother with the result that I met Marco who was back in Sweden to make his Ph.D. and we fell really in love. I had about 8 days of freedom. We lived in Uppsala until we had finished our Ph.D’s and moved to Italy more or less as soon as we could because Marco had got a sort of scholarship in Florence. By then our first daughter was born and when we lived in central Florence we just longed to move to the countryside and that’s why we are living here now.

Do you have a favourite (or two or three) kitchen tool? Explain.
My absolute favourite kitchen tool can be found here, it’s my passaverdura or food mill. I really like it a lot even though I use more or less exclusively to make tomato sauce but considering that I make tomato sauce a couple of times a week you can understand why. I’m also very fond of a pair of tongs that I use more and more for about everything.

Compare cooking to photography to parenting: which requires the greatest creativity and why?
Oh, this is difficult. They all have one thing in common and that is feeling but I’m sure I use different parts of my brain for each and one of them. Cooking and parenting do have something in common, you throw in a bit of this and a bit of that and then you close your eyes, hope and see what comes out of it. Photography and parenting also have something in common, you have to follow certain basic rules to be at least a bit successful but apart from that, my photography is mostly intuitive whereas my parenting is only intuitive to a certain extent, there’s a lots of hands on when it comes to raise children and teenagers after all. I don’t know if I can answer this question in a satisfying way really; if you want to create interesting food you have to be creative, you have to think outsides the established frames a bit and be able to improvise. Creative people are usually good cooks so I think it’s a pro when you cook ordinary food as well. Photography is also creative but I don’t really know if I could be called a creative photographer, I come back to what I said before, I think I’m more an intuitive photographer, I depend on feelings. Parenting, well you have to be creative because you need to find (new) compromises all the time and you need creativity when you want to teach your children to think in new ways and not just go for the stereotypes we are surrounded with but I also think parenting is very much being consequent in what they can do and what you yourself do, stick to principles and a lot of patience. So maybe I find that good cooking requires most creativity.

If you were going to start your own business, what would it be?
I would love to sell my photos and I’m actually looking into it. On a small scale though. I also would like to teach more cookery courses but I haven’t found a good place to do it around here.

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