About me

Hi, my name is Sibella, Sibi for friends. I love to bake. Baking relaxes me, it brings out my creativity, and most importantly, it makes my family and friends happy!

I was born and raised in Bosnia. I had a great, great childhood! Life was simple and good! In my family most of the foods were always made from scratch, so this is the way I learned to cook and bake. I  was mostly influenced by my grandma who would make most delicious dishes just by “throwing a few things together” and without all modern kitchen gadgets. My mom encouraged me to start my first recipe collection and my grandpa taught me how to make bread. Here I would like to save these familiar recipes from disappearing and follow in my family’s footsteps of creating delicious, homey foods from scratch.

Except baking and cooking, I am also pursuing art (I paint in soft pastel and watercolor). I have many other hobbies, I love spending time with my family and friends. I am constantly busy doing something! :)

Welcome!

Sibella

 


98 thoughts on “About me

  1. Munira September 16, 2011 at 2:46 pm Reply

    That’s such a great intro! Look forward to your posts Sibi :) Have signed up!
    Anyone who bakes good bread has my vote.

    • Baking with Sibella September 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm Reply

      Munira, thanks so much! I just love your blog! Love your watercolor paintings, photographs, writing… just awesome! :)

  2. glutenfreezen October 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm Reply

    Beautiful blog, love your recipes!

  3. Sibella October 4, 2011 at 8:23 pm Reply

    Thank you so much and I am glad you stopped by! :)
    Sibella

  4. Sara November 16, 2011 at 9:36 am Reply

    Hi Sibella, thanks for visiting our blog. I love european baking so I will be bookmarking your blog on my reader. Also, I lived in Bosnia (Sarajevo) for one summer and loved it. (Our mom’s grandparents were from various parts of ex-Yugoslavia as well so I have a long interest in the region). Hope to see some Bosnian treats up here soon too! Hvala lijepo!

  5. Sibella November 17, 2011 at 9:39 am Reply

    Hi Sara, I am so glad you stopped by! :) How great, that you were able to live in the country of your great grandparents!!! Sarajevo is truly an amazing city, a place where Eastern and Western cultures meet and people are warm and welcoming. :) I sure plan to post more Bosnian recipes here and I am developing another blog that will include a “Bosnia” page!
    Molim lijepo! :))))

    • Sara November 17, 2011 at 10:24 am Reply

      I am so excited for your Bosnian blog! I was only in Sarajevo for a summer but what a wonderful place.

  6. Mama's Gotta Bake November 23, 2011 at 1:32 pm Reply

    Lovely blog!

  7. Sibella November 23, 2011 at 1:40 pm Reply

    Thanks a lot! :)

  8. lisa@notesfromafrica November 23, 2011 at 11:41 pm Reply

    Hi there!

    LOVE your blog! You’ve chosen a great theme for your topic and that header image is so pretty. And that’s even before you get to the baking and the wonderful food photos . . .

    Regards,
    Lisa.

    • Sibella November 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm Reply

      Thank you for your kind words Lisa! I enjoy taking food photos! I am such an amateur, but I try… :) I plan to take a class when I find some extra time. The header photo is of my Valentine’s Day cookies.
      Thanks for visiting!
      Sibella

  9. Malhar November 26, 2011 at 12:54 pm Reply

    Great blog.. Some simple yet elegant recipes.. Would keep visiting this blog..

    And a very nice intro

  10. Sibella November 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm Reply

    Thank you so much!!!! Thanks for stopping by and yes, please visit again soon! :)

    • Malhar November 27, 2011 at 4:29 am Reply

      Will surely do, as I’m enjoying this blog

  11. Diary Of A Phat Kat January 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for the nice words on my blog! Nice to meet you too. I love your blog and am now following!

    • Baking with Sibella January 28, 2012 at 8:00 am Reply

      You’re very welcome! It’s amazing how cooking connects people! :) I love visiting all the wonderful blogs out there, including yours!

  12. ninichissima February 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm Reply

    Dear Sibella,

    thank you for stopping by on my blog! I’ve just checked out yours and I love it – especially often reflection on Bosnia and our tradition (which rocks, bytheway :-p). I assume you live in the States, right? Pitty that we don’t live closer, if for nothing else than to volunteer as a taster :-)

    Take care!

  13. Baking with Sibella February 8, 2012 at 10:15 am Reply

    Hello there,

    So glad you’ve stopped by here! :) The world needs to learn more about Bosnia, its people, culture and traditions! This is where people like you and I come in! :D Yes, I live in Indiana, USA – ali srcem i dusom Bosanka!
    Puno pozdrava iz suncane Indijane!
    Sibi

  14. Heidi @ homeingreece February 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm Reply

    Hi Sibella! Thanks for visiting my blog :) I opened your bio and saw your photo and I said “wow, she looks like my friend Maia!” and then I read that you’re from Bosnia – which is where Maia is from hehehe maybe you’re cousins! Bosnia is one of my husband’s favorite places ever, he loves it so much he wanted us to go on our honeymoon there, unfortunately the Crisis put an end to that but we will go together someday I know! I’ve never been but the photos he’s shown me make me want to fix that! I’m excited to read your recipes :D

    • Baking with Sibella February 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm Reply

      Hi Heidi, it is so nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by! :D I am so glad I have stumbled across your blog – i love it!

      Bosnia truly is an amazing country, full of contradictions, but warm and welcoming. Home! I hope you will get to see it some day, as I hope to see Greece some day too…

      Warm regards to you from Indiana and and please say Hi to Maja from me! :)

      Sibella

  15. Dimitris Baltzis March 1, 2012 at 11:33 am Reply

    Your project is very nice and your photo gives me a relaxing person.I’d like you to be close and have a reastaurant so I can eat your menu cause i’m very bad in cooking :)
    Greetings from Greece :)

  16. Baking with Sibella March 1, 2012 at 11:40 am Reply

    Dimitris, thanks for visiting my blog! As of my restarurant in Greece, that would have to wait some better times… :)
    I very much enjoyed your photos! Since I paint, I might use one of your photos to paint from (if you allow it). Wishing you well!

  17. sourdoughtheangrybaker March 5, 2012 at 12:05 am Reply

    Hello Sibella! Being inspired by European baking is a great theme, and also a real test and challenge of bread baking skill, especially sourdough. :). Keep blogging and thanks for visiting my blog also. I will be making a lovely rye and whole wheat loaf soon that you may want to try. Keep up the good work…….

    SOURDough

    • Baking with Sibella March 5, 2012 at 11:33 am Reply

      Hello SOURDough, thanks for visiting and commenting! :) Oh, I am amazed about your bread making skills!!! I hope to be as good one day! In Europe having a good bread on the table is essential! For me a slice of good bread and some European butter can totally substitute a full meal. So nice to meet you! :)
      Sibella

  18. Anesor March 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm Reply

    Congratulations on your blog. Everything is delicious. Very well illustrated.
    Felicidades por tu blog. Todo lo que veo en el es apetitoso y delicioso. Muy bien explicado y con fotos muy ilustrativas que invitan a querer comerselas.

  19. sugaredpecan March 16, 2012 at 10:17 pm Reply

    You have an amazing blog, so I have a little surprise. Come check it out!

    • Baking with Sibella March 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm Reply

      Awww, I am honored and surprised! I don’t know what to say, except THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! I will do my best and nominate my favorite 7.
      Thanks again Donna, have a wonderful weekend!
      Sibella

  20. TerrifiedTastebud March 22, 2012 at 11:06 pm Reply

    Sibella, I absolutely love your blog, and I love that you dream of opening a small bakery!! Your recipes are well-executed and your photography is fantastic! You definitely have a sense of style with food as well as a talent for baking it- both of which I’d imagine will be important. You seem to be well on your way, and I’m glad to get to follow this fun journey. Baking really does make others happy… that makes it rewarding :) And I may have to try the strawberry ‘smoothie’ cake :)

    • Baking with Sibella March 23, 2012 at 8:41 am Reply

      Deb, thanks so much! I do struggle with writing and my English is not perfect but I am working on that. I would love to learn more about photography as most of the time I am not too happy with my photos! This blog and being able to interact with food lovers all around the world is just a greatest learning experience. This truly makes me happy! :)
      As of strawberry ‘smoothie’ cake, please try it!!! It is out of this world! :)

  21. Focaccia Bread « The Intrepid Baker April 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm Reply

    [...] Baking with Sibella – Sibella’s blog is full of creativity and different types of cuisines that make me want to go over with an empty plate in my hand. She inspires me to actually plan on paper instead of “planning” in my head and then freaking out. [...]

  22. theintrepidbaker April 8, 2012 at 7:14 pm Reply

    Thanks for the award!! Here’s one for you too :) Check it out here: http://theintrepidbaker.wordpress.com/2012/04/09/focaccia-bread/

    • Sibella April 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm Reply

      I am so honored! Thank you very much! :)

  23. Sarah April 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm Reply

    Sibella, I nominated you for a Sunshine Award! I really enjoy reading your posts and took the opportunity to spread the word about your blog! Here is the link to the post:

    http://thecookslife.wordpress.com/2012/04/10/you-like-me-you-really-like-me-sunshine-award/

    Sarah
    The Cook’s Life

    • Sibella April 10, 2012 at 11:12 pm Reply

      Hi Sarah, thanks so very much! It’s very kind of you to nominate me! :)))

  24. Jasline April 15, 2012 at 12:16 pm Reply

    Hi Sibella! Thanks for the award you’ve given me… I’ve now given you an award! ;) Hope you like it!

    http://foodismylife.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/thank-you/

  25. food.life.zen. May 12, 2012 at 7:24 pm Reply

    YOU ARE INCREDIBLE! I am just going to dream of making all of your recipes, because I cannot even begin to imagine all the time and work and patience that goes into all the baking and cooking. Everything you have here really looks amazing, and I pray that i can one day even attempt one of them, I will let you know how it goes if i do=p

  26. Sibella May 12, 2012 at 9:49 pm Reply

    Awww, thanks so much for your kind words! :) When you do something with love, I guess it shows! There is no word ‘impossible’ if you really want it and if you really go for it. So I say to you: ‘GO FOR IT!” if it makes you happy and results will start showing!
    Have a wonderful Sunday and thanks so much for visiting! :)
    Sibella

  27. Diary Of A Phat Kat June 1, 2012 at 7:18 pm Reply

    You have been nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger and One Lovely Blog Award!

    Thank you for sharing such a great blog and inspiring me! Congrats, you deserved it!

    Please check out your award at http://diaryofaphatkat.wordpress.com/2012/06/01/very-inspiring-blog-award-one-lovely-blog-award/

    xox, Kat

  28. mariateresa1983 September 26, 2012 at 4:49 am Reply

    I have nominated you for a FAMILY OF BLOGGERS AWARD http://sugarandspicebaking.com/2012/09/26/family-of-bloggers-award/

  29. daisyandthefox November 24, 2012 at 2:43 am Reply

    I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award at this link: http://daisyandthefox.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/the-sunshine-awards/

    congratulations! you deserve it! :)

    • Sibella at bakingwithsibella.com November 24, 2012 at 10:40 am Reply

      Oh thanks so much, I am really honored! :)

      • daisyandthefox November 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm Reply

        no worries :) You deserve it Sibella! :)

      • daisyandthefox November 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm Reply

        no worries at all!! you deserve it :)

  30. Kathleen Richardson December 1, 2012 at 7:26 pm Reply

    Sibella, how is everything going for your son in his first year of college?

    • Sibella at bakingwithsibella.com December 1, 2012 at 11:45 pm Reply

      Kathleen, thanks for asking! :) Everything is going very well for him. He seems to be on the top of his assignments, homework and projects. He says he is a little bored with all the general education classes and enjoys more his art classes, but he is aware that these are required… I would say he did mature a lot this past 6 months. :)

  31. daisyandthefox December 12, 2012 at 8:23 pm Reply

    I have nominated you for the Wonderful Team Member Readership Award! Congratulations – you deserve it! :)

    http://daisyandthefox.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/wonderful-team-member-readership-award/

    Daisy and the Fox

  32. shikoomkoom December 30, 2012 at 4:06 pm Reply

    I am instantly hooked on your blog. Everything about it! I have found so many new recipes to add on my ‘to-do list’! :)

    • Sibella at bakingwithsibella.com December 30, 2012 at 5:23 pm Reply

      Hi, I am so glad you have found some new recipes to try! Thank you so much for visiting and following. Happy New Year to you! :) Sibella

  33. daisyandthefox January 9, 2013 at 6:04 am Reply

    I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award – congratulations! :)

    http://daisyandthefox.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/celebrating-the-new-year-with-blog-awards/

    Happy New Year!

    Daisy and the Fox

    • Sibella at bakingwithsibella.com January 9, 2013 at 9:07 am Reply

      Thanks so much! I have yet to respond to all the award nominations. It’s a lack of time that i am struggling with.
      THANKS AGAIN! :)

  34. Angie's Food Adventures January 24, 2013 at 11:18 am Reply

    Hi Sibella! I nominated you for the Sunshine Award. Here is the link, I hope! Please let me know if this is wrong! I am new at this! lol http://angiesfoodadventures.wordpress.com/awards-2/

  35. dedy oktavianus pardede February 13, 2013 at 4:10 am Reply

    hi sibella,
    What a great recipes within great photograph, Excellent blog!
    good job for you….

  36. Stacy March 3, 2013 at 11:25 am Reply

    Beautiful blog, Sibi – I love baking, too! <3

  37. Fae's Twist & Tango March 27, 2013 at 4:45 am Reply

    Congratulations, Sibella! You have been awarded: The Versatile Blogger Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post, unless you wish to pass on the award nominations. Your blog has been awarded at:

    http://faestwistandtango.wordpress.com/2013/03/27/awards-march-2013/

    Enjoy the Award! :D Fae.

  38. Sugar and Spice Baking June 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm Reply

    Hiya! Just wanted to let you know that I have recommended your Blog on my page http://sugarandspicebaking.com/recommended-blogs/

    Hope it’s ok!

  39. Fae's Twist & Tango August 28, 2013 at 3:16 am Reply

    Congratulations, Sibella! You have been awarded: Best Moment Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at:

    http://fae-magazine.com/2013/08/28/award-august-2013-part-2/

    Enjoy your Award! :D Fae.

    • Sibella at bakingwithsibella.com August 28, 2013 at 8:14 am Reply

      Thank you so much Fae! That’s very sweet of you! :) <3

      • PotSoup August 31, 2013 at 10:24 am Reply

        Fae’s nomination led me here, You have a hell of a blog with photography to match you culinary technique. A lots of people can bake but few can make it seem so beautiful and doable.

        • Sibella at bakingwithsibella.com August 31, 2013 at 10:30 pm Reply

          Awww, thank you for your kind comment! I really enjoy baking and blogging! My hope is that younger people would be able to learn from my recipes and continue the wonderful art of baking! Thanks again! :)

  40. Our Adventure in Croatia September 2, 2013 at 7:33 am Reply

    hello Sibella, maybe you can help with this email we have received in our blog?

    “””My name is Megan…My dad is Croatian, and 82 years old. He is asking me lately about a cookie recipe and I am trying to find it for him. He calls it Beojemmiliste….. pronounced….bee oh jay- mill i stay. He tells me milliste means cookie. He says it is a fried cookie his grandma used to make. It could be Bohemian possibly. Have you heard of it? I have searched the internet for hours with no luck”””

    do you think you know what cookies recipe they are looking for?
    thanks

  41. Danijela September 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm Reply

    Hello Sibella, your recipes and pictures took my breath away. Amazing! I am in cake-heaven :) My family is from Bosnia and I always wanted to learn to prepare all the yummy foods. But everytime I watched an aunt prepare something, it was always, you take approximately this much, and then approximately that much… For somebody who is not a natural born patissier it is difficult if you don’t have the exact quantities. I think I will start with the cupavci, my son is pointing to the Strawberry-Yogurt-Cake. Oh, the possibilities… :))

    • Sibella at bakingwithsibella.com September 12, 2013 at 10:57 am Reply

      Danijela,
      It’s so nice to meet you! :) I am so glad that you like my blog! For the same reason (never knowing the exact recipe of things my mom and grandma made) I wanted to try cook/bake everything and save the recipes from being lost in time. Let me know how did those ‘Cupavci” turned out! :) Hvala ti na posjeti! Javi se!

  42. The Novice Gardener September 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm Reply

    Award, award, claim your Shine On Award! :-) Right here, right now:

    http://thenovicegardener.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/shine-on-award/

  43. Fae's Twist & Tango October 29, 2013 at 4:44 am Reply

    Congratulations Sibella! You have been awarded:
    I’m a part of the WordPress Family Award
    I do not expect any action to be taken, or for you to generate a post (unless you wish to pass on the award nominations). Nevertheless, your blog has been awarded at: http://fae-magazine.com/2013/10/29/award-october-2013/ … Or, after one month at: http://fae-magazine.com/awards/2013-blog-awards/
    Enjoy your Award! :D Fae.

  44. Petit World Citizen November 13, 2013 at 10:53 am Reply

    Hi Sibella, beautiful photos and lovely recipes I can’t wait to try! I look forward to following! Thank you!

  45. bandhnabajaj November 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm Reply

    Hi Sibella! :) Beautiful blog you have! Looking forward to all your baking adventures :)
    xx
    B

  46. divyapathakupadhyay December 24, 2013 at 12:38 am Reply

    Hi Sibella,
    This is an absolutely yum blog! I am sure I have a lot to learn from you!! :D
    Love,
    Divya

  47. Sadia January 18, 2014 at 5:20 am Reply

    Hello Sibella! Fantastic site. It couldnt be more easier to learn to bake. One request. Can you please make Balkva one Day?!
    Sadia

  48. mysimpledelights May 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm Reply

    So glad I stumbled upon your blog! Can’t wait for more posts! Farianti 😊

  49. kbeezyisviral May 6, 2014 at 4:37 pm Reply

    It’s a real blessing to have you share your recipes. Thank you for remaining true to yourself.

  50. Sara July 13, 2014 at 6:14 pm Reply

    Hello, Sibella!
    I just came across your recipes, and am very excited. My son’s Father is from Bosnia, and three of my favorite dishes are cheese and spinach pita, stuffed peppers, and crusty bread with a soft, chewy center for sopping up all the great sauce from the peppers! My son is very interested in learning to cook. (Unfortunately, I never learned to cook these Bosnian dishes.) With your recipes, I will be learning at last! I tried to make pita once before with a different recipe, and it was a disaster, but I am determined to learn! My family is very multi-cultural, and we enjoy using food as a way to keep the different heritages a part of our lives. Thanks for helping me help my son have a taste of his Bosnian heritage in America’s heartland!

    • bakingwithsibella.com July 14, 2014 at 10:02 am Reply

      Hello Sara,
      Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment! :) I am so glad that you and your son will be cooking using my recipes. I plan to post more Bosnian dishes in the future. I am right now taking a little break, this summer has been really busy… Thanks again! Great to meet you Sara! :)

  51. Tanya August 12, 2014 at 12:55 am Reply

    Hi Sibella!

    I’m very happy to have come across your blog. My husband is from Bosnia and we were just there for 2 months. I always try to make him some dishes from the homeland (we live in Australia) so he doesn’t get too homesick! Today i tried to make one of the cakes my mother in law makes, it’s similar to the egg foam one but with fruit in custard in the middle and (brought) creme patisserie on top..i’m waiting to see how it turns out as I can’t find the creme patisserie in the shops here. Looking forward to trying out some of your recipes!

    • bakingwithsibella.com August 19, 2014 at 11:36 am Reply

      Hello Tanya,
      I hope your cake turned out well! Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment! Now that summer is almost over I will have more time to post on here, so look out for the new recipes! :)
      Take care,
      Sibella

  52. Toshua September 4, 2014 at 6:51 pm Reply

    Sibella,

    Thank you Thank you Thank you for taking the time to create this blog and sharing all your insight on cooking/baking as well as photos for those of us that are visual learners :) I am marrying into an Albanian family and you have many recipes on here that they eat regularly…I am bound and determine to learn how to make home made pita and other recipes to serve them …. I know they will be shocked :) I was wondering if you had any recipes or tips on making Lepinja? If so I would appreciate any tips. Look forward in hearing from you and appreciate all your shares.

    • bakingwithsibella.com September 8, 2014 at 10:29 am Reply

      Thanks for stopping by and taking time to comment! I am so glad you have found recipes here that you will be able to try out and treat your family! :) I am not a great expert on “lepinja”. I’ve tried to make it several times and it never turned out to be really good, so I kind of gave up. If I come across a really good recipe I will be happy to share.
      Have a great week! :)
      Sibella

  53. Toshua September 13, 2014 at 3:04 am Reply

    Sibella,

    I have many green tomatoes and want to try your pickling recipe. I am use to doing a hot bath so the lids seal. If I do it your way will the lids seal? Just curious how this all works…Different method than I am use to but excited to try :) and where does one usually find horseradish root…at the store I visited earlier I was only able to find fresh ground horseradish….Thank you.

    • bakingwithsibella.com September 15, 2014 at 8:37 am Reply

      The lids don’t really seal but they stick well and the vinegar solution prevents contents from getting spoiled. You can use a hot water bath too just to be sure. Horseradish root I find in my local grocery store. It’s long and white-ish and it kind of looks like a carrot but longer and its wrapped in plastic. I find it in the section together with other root vegetables such as parsley root, celery root, etc. Hope that helps! :)

  54. Pelin Ülger October 31, 2014 at 6:54 pm Reply

    Very nice Blog Sibella… :) Congratulations! Thanks for sharing great family recipes.

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