Shavuot is one of my favorite holidays, and I absolutely love preparing dairy delights for my family and friends. Everything is clean, and both the table and the guests are adorned in white. This year, I decided to join forces with blogger Shiran Dikman, who recently gave birth to a beautiful little girl named Danielle. I joined Shiran in her kitchen in Tel Aviv for a wonderful day of baking and photography, and was thrilled to catch a glimpse of the cute baby, too.
When I first came across Dikman’s Instagram page, I was awed by the incredible photos of cakes and cookies. I immediately called her up and soon learned that she is a former computer programmer who also tried her hand at selling sweets from her home, and then finally came to the realization that what she loves most is blogging. And to make any money from her blog, she quickly learned that it must be in English. Thus her blog “Pretty. Simple. Sweet” was born.
“At first, it was extremely hard to write everything in English,” Dikman tells me, “but I soon got the hang of all the technical and professional jargon and it got easier. I also had to make sure to use ingredients that can be found overseas, so I had to test lots of new food products.”
Dikman loves learning new techniques from people around the world, and she’s even been approached with requests to write baking columns by publications such as Bake from Scratch, Elle, Zeit, Cosmopolitan and Huffington Post. She has received feedback from readers from all over the world, including the US, Europe, Syria, Iran and Iraq.
JOINING BLOGGER Shiran Dikman (right) – and little Danielle – in their kitchen.