About


The hook
If you get the chance to visit the Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania, you will be greeted with those words at the entrance:
"Remove nothing from this park except: 
Nourishment for the soul, 
Consolation for the heart, 
Inspiration for the mind"

I remember staring at this sign for a moment, smiling inside and being lost in thought... 

The fisherwoman
Hey bonjour! My name is Sandrine. I was an unusual accountant until last year and, I plan to be a tremendous Pastry Chef. I will be sharing the process as I go. I hope the chronicles of my life experiments will inspire you to do the same, jump into the water.

The story of the fisherwoman
I am a French frog currently living in Cyprus France and, curiously I croak in English. It all started when I decided to go to England to learn the language. Then I got bold and booked a ticket to the USA for the same reason.
As with any good stories, there are special encounters that change one's life course. And I found myself in Romania building a house for a poor family. Next I got bolder and joined humanitarian missions in Africa.
There again, a special encounter changed the course of my life: I met my husband and followed him to Cyprus. Cyprus is another sweet and unexpected encounter where my passion for baking bubbled up.

The lure
I used to email my family and friends with newsletters from Africa to share my stories from the field. Those newsletters stopped as I returned home but the pleasure of writing and sharing stories remain.

So, I set up this media outlet to record:
  • my daydreams and readings, the nourishment for the soul,
  • delights and beautiful foods, the consolation for my heart,
  • my trips and adventures, the inspiration for the mind...
 I don't swing in rhythm yet but I will eventually find my groove.

Hooked?
I am an epicurean with a sweet tooth. Deserts are my obsession, preference subject to change depending on the season. My mood of the day is the traditional South African Malva pudding. Chocolate remains my addiction, always. In the summer I can live on strawberries sprinkled with powdered sugar and just enough crème fraiche. And soups for the winter. Onion soup. I don't like coffee, capers or anchovies.

I like the smell of the grass freshly cut, the tinkling sound of the wind playing with the wind chimes, walking barefoot in the grass, the atmosphere of the book L'Art presque perdu de ne rien faire - The Art almost lost of doing nothing by Dany Laferriere. Blue is my favorite color and, La vie est belle* my favorite perfume.

Travel is my oxygen. Africa is my soft spot. Also I am a city girl and nothing makes me more grumpy than wild camping without a shower in the morning.

Typical French? I don't smoke. Croissant is not my thing. I don't know much about wine. Only that it takes me just a glass, to be lost in space with a tipsy smile. Chenin blanc by the Theube family is my last find. Oh! But I like the crispy French baguette and I love to dip mouillettes - bread fingers, into my soft-boiled eggs. So, maybe I am a typical french. Un petit peu...

* Life is Sweet

The fishing net
Please feel free to reach out with feedbacks, questions or just to say Hey bonjour! It is nice.

Email: sandrineorban@yahoo.fr
Facebook: Sweet and Inspired Life


Thank you for stopping by and enjoy the ride
Until next time, 
Be bold, Be sweet and Live with Passion