by Alexandra Greeley
Special to the Times
As any diarist knows, keeping tabs on daily goings-on can be intriguing, instructive and inspiring. But be a food diarist — well, a food blogger — and for many of us that makes keeping written records of say, ingredients, recipes and great restaurants a great pleasure. That certainly must be the case for Springfield resident Anna Bruce, a young food blogger whose real, full-time profession is being a portrait photographer who specializes in photographing women.
But, she added, she loves food and she loves to cook. “I do the food blog as a hobby,” she said. “I am interested in food because my mom loves to cook and it runs in the family. I am half Italian, so my mom is always cooking and baking.”
Because she was raised that way, she admitted she, too, loves to cook and to eat. But her focus is not solely on Italian food.
“I was born and raised in Venezuela,” she said, “so there is a lot about Venezuelan food on my blog. It’s all about just trying out ingredients and experimenting with food and flavors.”
Venezuelan food aside, Bruce admitted that one of her favorite staples is pasta, an ingredient she cooks and eats often. “I normally cook lots of different pasta,” she said. “It is my most favorite food and what I love to eat the most. I try to cook everything with pasta, cream sauce, vegetables, mushrooms ... anything with pasta.”
Because of her food passion — she does nothing but post photos about food on her Instagram account, a friend said recently — she started her food blog (www.OMG-Yum.com<http://www.OMG-Yum.com/>) last fall. She thought if she started a food blog, she could share recipes and food ideas with friends. It seems to have worked: She now has 86 fans on Facebook on the blog.
What other foodies find are her own renditions of other recipes. “I never really cook by the recipe,” she said. “I always look at it and add this or that because that’s what I would like to eat. For example, I look at tomatoes and think, ‘What should I do with them?’ And with a pasta recipe that calls for adding ham and peas, I add edamame instead of peas, and added wine. I made it for my mom, and it was really good.”
If her mom has inspired her daughter to cook, she has not inspired Bruce to be a baker. “My mom’s a baker,” she said. “We kind of bake together, but she really has the baking hand.”
As it turns out, Bruce does have two food-related goals: blog more than just biweekly about food, and take culinary classes. “I never considered a cooking school, but it is my goal to take a cooking class with a friend this year,” she said. “I am not sure if I want to be a chef, but it is definitely a possibility.”