Interview with Baking Blogger Lenka Gengelova

  • Let us know a little about yourself and how we can connect with you via website, blog, books, and social media sites

My name is Lenka and I am a passionate baker from Slovakia. I run my baking blog www.wandering-senses.com and share baking tips and tricks on Instagram @wandering_senses

My passion for baking goes back to the days when I was a small girl helping my grandma to knead a dough while sitting on her lap. There was not a weekend when my family would not bake delicious cakes and pastries. That sweet pleasant smell coming from the oven is my favorite smell till today. Although my academic background is a different field, baking and culinary, in general, was always something I found fascinating and I somehow always revolved around. Only a couple of years ago, while I was living in Nepal, my passion morphed into serious interest and my one of my source of living.

What is the name of your blog or book and how did you get started?

While I was in Nepal, I started to focus more intensively on baking. Back then, I was working for a hospitality establishment and I was in charge of Event Management and Recipe and Menu Development. Besides baking, I was developing new recipes with healthier twist and started to experiment with my first vegan desserts. Locals loved it so, I decided to start my small dessert company called Smart Treats Nepal that focused on healthier, smarter desserts.

  • What is your favorite food?

Tomato based pasta is one of my favorites and as I love vegetables in general, so salad with a good dressing would be one of them as well.

  • What is your favorite comfort food?

Pastry and coffee or a fresh loaf of bread with a lot of butter on it.

  • If you could learn how to make any food what would it be?

There is so many foods and desserts I want to master. Now I am focusing on and studying about enriched, yeast-based dough and my next step will be mastering dough with wild yeasts and sourdough.

  • What is your favorite thing about being a blogger, writer, or author?

To be able to share my passion and knowledge with other people who enjoy baking like I do or even with those who are just starting and very scared to bake. Right now, I really enjoy meeting people via my online baking classes. I found myself in teaching and I am learning myself a lot from them as well. It makes me very happy when my students get to enjoy a beautiful pastry they bake something that they never dreamt of baking by themselves. I always say that everyone can bake and I try to encourage people to do so. My classes are tailored to any level of experience and I am happy and proud of all those baking successes of my students.

  • What do you like to do for fun?

I love nature. I love to go for hikes or long walks into the nature where I refresh my mind. Hiking is a form of meditation for me, as you take a step after another, you have a time and chance to clear your mind and let go all those thoughts piling up in your head every day. Right now, I am living in NYC and I don’t have a lot of options to go hiking so Hudson river promenade makes up for forests. I am very excited to go out from the city as soon as the recent lockdown rules loosen up a bit.

  • What are you reading right now?

Besides recipe books it is 21 Lessons for 21 Century from Yuval Harari.

  • Do you have any blogs or books you can recommend?

Plenty. I get inspired by many amazing authors and bloggers. Just to mention a few of them a great book which I find to be a kind of a baking Bible is “How baking works” by Paula Figoni. Another very nice book describing basics of working with gluten-free dough and listing amazing recipes is “Alternative Baker” by Alanna Taylor-Tobin. My favorite baking blogs are mostly Slovak one but from those in English I love to read www.weekendbakery.com

  • If you could have super powers what would they be?

Eat delicious sweets and desserts as much I want without gaining too much weight.

  • What projects are you working on right now?

At the moment I am mainly focusing on my baking classes that I run herehere and via my blog as well. Besides that, I started a long-term journey of baking education signing up for an online course that goes deep into how baking works. And of course, I bake and experiment daily and post my best recipes on my blog wandering-senses.com

Thank you Lenka for a wonderful interview!

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