I have known Irma for ages, since the early 90s. After living seven years in Budapest she moved back to Finland with her husband and daughter for seven years as well, and now they've been back in Hungary for more than ten years. Not the whole family though - their daughter studied and is now living & working in Helsinki. Oh, I forgot - they have a new member in the family - Otto! He's a super cute & playful Yorkshire terrier.
All the Finns in Budapest know Irma, but here are some trivial details about her :)
First of all it's not a secret that Irma likes cooking.
In my fridge there're always... cheese, cucumber, margarine, white wine and dark bread, because those are always needed.
My three essential cooking ingredients are...oil, onion and black pepper. They work so well together and are base for so many dishes.
A kitchen is useless without... cutting board, good knife, sauce pan and cooking range, of course.
I spend a lot of time in... cooking! We often have dinner guests and I like to plan the menus carefully and prepare everything from scratch.
I often cook to my friends... fish. I'm a fan of classic French kitchen.
My favourite city is... Rome. You can feel the atmosphere & history, smell the food - it's a city made for human beings.
My favourite scent is...lemon. I love its freshness and clearness.
A colour that often pops up in my home is... yellow. Especially in flowers and curtains.
I'm collecting... glass balls with snowing effect, perhaps they are called snow globes. And Zsolnay's porcelain figures. I would love to collect old plates and have them on wall in our dining room. Maybe one day...
My personal style is...pretty simple, minimalistic & comfy. I often wear jeans and a colourful twin set.
I love to read... The Etruscan by a Finnish author Mika Waltari. That book is always a great choice. I would also pick up any book by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami and Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk.
In the mornings... I need one hour to be on my own, just watching the news on TV and having my morning coffee. Not a word.
I enjoy...the summers in Finland. White nights, crispy weather and that quietness. Gardening & cutting logs are things I really enjoy to do. Usually I spend the entire summer in Finland.
My favourite place at home is...the armchair in my daughter's room. I often sit there reading a book with Otto on my lap.
Thank you, Irma, for the nice talk and photo shoot session :)