Food

The Jerusalem Post - The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - CONTENTS - • Text, photos and styling: PAS­CALE PEREZ-RU­BIN

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.

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