Introducing TDPC – Linda

img_0637A long time ago, I fell into the cooking pot (like Obélix into the magic potion). I had the chance to grow up in Algeria, in Algiers, a wonderful city full of flavors and colors just like it’s cuisine. Coming from a family who loves eating, cooking and enjoying the small pleasure of life always around a garnished table. I had the chance to be introduced to the cooking world at a very early age, thanks to my Grandmother. She was really good, and never used a cook book or a cup to measure. She always said to use your 5 senses in the kitchen, and I totally agree with her. Smell the flavors, see the colors, touch the textures, hear the noise of the sizzling and of course taste. We were neighbors (my grandmother, my mother and my aunts), all living in the same street. I had a lot of choice in terms of where to eat and what to eat, something I now look back as quite the privilege.

Today, after spending years in different countries I’m a mum living in Dubai. We are a nomadic family and I love that, and I always transport my roots in my suitcases everywhere I go, trying to transmit this legacy to my boys. Aside from cooking, I am passionate of the arts in general, painting (cupcakes as you have now noticed), cinema and I love reading books (anything but cook-books surprisingly…) I’m glad I had the chance to have lived all of this. I am no where near a master or a chef, but simply passionate by what I cook, and what I share. When I go to do my groceries, I never have a list, I prefer to use my senses, or follow my mood. I absolutely love receiving my family and friends at home, and feel extremely happy whenever someone asks for another portion, or serving, or is simply having a good time.

When Margot sent me an email to be part of TDPC, I didn’t believe it. It is such an honor to work with her and this talented group (with so many different yet fantastic bloggers), and although I must admit, I was a bit scared at first, I am glad I said yes, and am very excited for this project!

Thank you once again Margot for this opportunity, and (an early) “Bon-Appétit” for all the dinner parties to come!

Linda (La Petite Panière)

34 thoughts on “Introducing TDPC – Linda

  1. Loretta

    How did I miss ll thisLinda? I am just seeing this now. Congratulations on being selected, I’ve always your posts and now know you a tad better. Bravo!

  2. Angie

    What a wonderful introduction, Linda! Can you write my introduction for me? 🙂 I’m having a hard time understanding myself, let alone write about who I am.

    • lapetitepaniere

      I really appreciate your comment, but I am sure your introduction will be fantastic, Angie. I love how you write and can’t wait to read it – and glad to work with you on this project too! 🙂

  3. Francois & Madeleine

    Great introduction Linda, really looking forward to this project you are collaborating in, looks wonderful!! Next time you come over we might be cooking some familiar dishes 😉 Biz, Francois & Madeleine.

    • lapetitepaniere

      Thank you so much, François & Madeleine! You are always so sweet with me! I promise, for my next trip to Europe – I will make you my best couscous ever! Bon appétit, et bonne journée! 🙂

  4. polianthus

    Reblogged this on polianthus and commented:

    I would like to introduce Linda of wonderful blog La Petite Paniere – she is part of recently created dinner party collective ( – she is a wonderful cook, she writes beautiful recipes and she is very generous with her tips if you need any help with middle eastern specialities – read her story here:

  5. polianthus

    Linda – your story reminds me of kitchen greats – such as Claudia Roden – what a wonderful way to grow up – and a lovely cupcake – your blog is amazing and it is an honour to be on TDPC with you

      • polianthus

        Dear Linda – you are welcome 🙂 – it gave me pleasure to re-blog your post – I enjoyed reading it and getting to know you a bit better through it, very much. Here’s working towards great things to come 🙂 hopefully

  6. Fig & Quince

    Beautiful and sensuous introduction, Linda! It tingled all my spidey senses! 🙂 Love the artwork too!

  7. Francesca

    I loved Obelix when I was a child. There was something so exceptionally goliardic about it.
    Your story about your grandmother and the way she used to teach you about food reminds me the first scene of the movie “The Hundred-Foot Journey” and the relationship between the main caracter and his mother … we all know how it ended! 😜
    PS: I don’t read cookbooks either but most people I know keep buying them for me as a present. I wonder why? 😜

    • lapetitepaniere

      Thank you Francesca 🙂 Glad to see another Obelix fan here! I haven’t gotten around to watch that movie yet (..but it is at the top of my watch-list!). I can definitely relate to receiving cookbook’s as gifts, it must be encouragement to keep us cooking? 😛

  8. talkavino

    I like your approach, Linda, relying on your senses in cooking. Looking forward creating dinner menus together!

  9. apuginthekitchen

    Reblogged this on apuginthekitchen and commented:

    I would like to introduce Linda, well for those of you who don’t already know her and her gorgeous blog La Petite Paniere. Her recipes are amazing, her photo’s are gorgeous and we are so lucky to have her as part of the collective.

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