Hi! Welcome to Retrolillies! I’m Chaya, the writer, baker and picture taker behind this blog.
Here, I combine my love of well made, seasonal food with my love for the written word, writing about the beauty in the every day, elaborating on the science behind why a recipe works and posting pictures to document events and memories.
I hope my blog inspires you to stop, slow down, and smell the
roses lilies. Make something! Bake something! And of course, don’t forget to say hi. I’d love to hear from you.
Are all the pictures featured on your blog original?
Yep, unless otherwise specified! I took a photography course at FIT one summer and am mostly self taught. Still a complete newbie, still learning lots. I like shooting in natural light when I can.
What camera do you use?
A Canon Rebel T4i. I use a standard 18-55mm lens, a 1.8, and a telephoto lens. I’d love to get into film one day.
How did you learn how to bake?
I taught myself! I baked, cooked and practiced lots and I learned even more when I interned as a pastry cook at a Brooklyn restaurant. At 19, I worked as a bread baker in an artisanal bakery and was trained in the art of making, baking and shaping sourdough bread. I love that I get to learn even more as I work.
Are all your recipes original?
Most are! Some of the recipes on this site are adaptations of recipes I love, carefully curated and edited from the best websites and cookbooks. In that case, I always provide proper credit and rewrite the recipe in my own words.
Can I use a picture from your blog?
Shoot me an email at email@example.com about the picture in question!
Do you sell any of your food and are you available for cooking demos?
Sadly, while I used to sell pastries + baked goods from my kitchen, I no longer have the time to do so, as work has become all encompassing.
How can we collaborate?
As a recipe developer, food stylist and food photographer and writer, I’m available for magazine work, online columns, guest blog posts, photography, recipe development and videos and editorials. As well, I give cooking and baking demos around the tri-state aread. Email me so we can discuss options!
What do you love most about blogging and working in the food industry?
I love that I get to express myself creatively in this line of work and I am grateful to have so many outlets for my passions. I also really enjoy sharing what I know with lively and appreciative readers + audiences. But the best part for me has been meeting talented, fearless and inspiring women. I’ve loved getting to become a part of this community and am constantly in awe of the dedication and creativity people have for their craft.
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