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THE OVEN EXPERIMENTS
Fun loving, food loving Budour

By bazaar staff, May (2012) edition of bazaar
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Budour Al-Qassar
Budour Al-Qassar
 

In our experience, it has been proven that Ramadan cravings in the late hours of the night mostly revolve around desserts, and the results are usually devastating to our waistlines. According to Budour Al-Qassar, her oven experiments started with one typical Ramadan night three years ago. Budour explains,” I was having the most insane food cravings, and would end up making so many different kinds of desserts.” An impulsive person (and cook) by nature, Budour decided that it was time to create her first live food diary: the oven experiments.

However, Budour’s experiments in the kitchen started much earlier in her life, as she started making Swiss rolls at the tender age of eleven. A clever mix between Budour’s original, and other researched and modified recipes she comes by online, food travels suited for the most devout foodies, food videos, website links, and cool kitchen gadgets, the food diary that is the oven experiments has evolved into a much-loved online destination for foodies all over town. Why do we love it? Her food antics are extremely appetizing, and highly entertaining.

For the oven experimenter, she considers her website from a pragmatic point of view, “If I forget how to make something, I’ll look no further than my website. At the same time, I provide people with tips and tricks I learn along the way, allowing readers to interact with me. I love it when someone actually tries a recipe and likes it, that's the best part about blogging!”

When it comes to traveling, Budour makes food the main event. She adds, “I literally travel to eat, I don’t make anything else the focus of my trip. My current favorite food city has got to be Milan! My blog is flooded with images of food I had in Milan.” A fan of simple and uncomplicated food, it is obvious that Budour isn’t about fad cuisines; she’s all about fresh ingredients that shine with flavor. She continues by giving us another example, “I also love Indian food, especially southern Indian cuisine. I might not have it on a regular basis, nor in its original form, yet Southern Indian cuisine is one of my greater kitchen inspirations. I love what can be done with vegetables; a simple vegetable can be so rich in taste with coconut milk, peppers and other spices.”

Even though Budour took an extended (and greatly missed) break from blogging a while back, she marks her return as a happy occasion. "I really missed it, and I'm motivated to redesign the look of the website." Working on several projects, including an upcoming exhibition entitled Ecological Urbanism, Budour is helping with developing the link between urbanism and food in Kuwait; her team of participants will map out Kuwait according to the underground food scene. We’re certain of one thing about Budour, whatever her future holds, it will include food.

How would your mother describe you in one word?

Stubborn.

How would you describe your mother in one word?

Sensitive.

What is the most insane question you’ve ever been asked?

I have no idea.

What is the most spontaneous thing you’ve ever done?

I’m not very spontaneous, unfortunately. I pretty much plan everything in my life.

What word in the English or Arabic language do you wish you had invented?

طقم

Where would you like to live? / What is your dream retirement location?

On a farm where I can pick my fruits and vegetables every day.

What is the first famous quote that comes to your mind?

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own.

What animal best describes the kind of partner you’d be interested in?

A bear; warm and cuddly.

What do you miss about your childhood?

Playing in the neighborhood park.

If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

I wouldn’t. I love my name.

How would you describe your handshake in one word?

Firm.

What is the toughest part of your character?

Being stubborn.

Who is your favorite historical figure?

I don't have a favorite.

What in the world do you least desire?

Food with no character.

What do you think is lacking in the world, which would make the world a better place?

Parks.

Why do you think most girls/guys like you?

Because I feed them!

Finish this sentence: “Happiness is a thing called…”

A satisfying meal.

 

Follow Budour Al-Qassar’s kitchen creations by logging onto www.theovenexperiments.com , or follow her on twitter, www.twitter.com/ovenexperiments .

 

 
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