About Annika

The spawn and official reasoning behind the Culinate website.

She puts up with the daily hustle and bustle within the busy Culinate official office, and has chores consisting of feeding the dog, unloading the dishwasher, and cleaning her room. She has wonderful parents who cook her delicious food. She doesn’t eat any mammals, even though the rest of her family do, so when people ask, she just says she’s a “vegetarian”, because it’s easier to explain. Lives creatively.




Portland, OR

Favorite Foods

chocolate, tofu, pears, squash, tortillas, seafood, lime, pasta

Dream Dinner Guests

George Harrison, Irma Rombauer, Eloise, Kate Moss, Grammy, Prince Charming, Julie Powell, Jesus, my parents

I call myself a…

food child

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  • Annika Mar 2 6:07 PM - Comment

    pre dinner

    dutch parrano & salt crackers

  • Annika Feb 19 11:10 AM - Comment
    thinking about food and blogging... http://annikaharmonica.tumblr.com/
  • Annika Jan 29 2:08 PM - Comment

    home sick feeling nauseous... good thing my mother knows her chicken noodle soup :)

  • Annika Sep 12 8:45 AM - Comment
    is now friends with
  • Annika Sep 2 1:08 PM - Comment


    Officially obsessed with The Cake Bible. love everything! Just baked page 54 -- perfect american buttercake. LOVES!

    Kim Sep 2 2009, 1:24 PM
    Can’t wait to partake! And I’m sure the rumor that the butter exploded in the microwave when you were melting it was greatly exaggerated, right? Right?
    OpusOne Sep 2 2009, 1:31 PM
    Don’t forget to share!
  • Annika Aug 31 8:13 PM - Comment

    Girl's Night...

    Cake Bible: Just baked our way through page 201 - Triple Chocolate Cake (with our own take on the ganache... we experimented adding hazelnuts and strawberries) + buttercream frosting.

  • Annika Aug 28 1:09 PM - Comment
    Wondering what you are if you eat fish and poultry, but no mammals or other meat...?
    Caroline Cummins Nov 12 2009, 8:59 PM
    a pesco-chickenotarian?
  • Annika Aug 28 12:50 PM - Comment

    five small meals a day?

    Earlier this summer, while I was traveling Northern India, I was surprised at the eating habits. It seemed that rather than having a deliberate breakfast-lunch-dinner schedule, there was an early breakfast, a morning snack, a light lunch, an afternoon tea, and a late dinner. The first few weeks I was there, it was hard for me to adjust from my usual 3 hearty meals, but I ended up loving eating more spread out... it gives you more time to enjoy & digest, and I’m thinking about starting up a regular five meal schedule.

  • Annika Jul 21 9:31 PM - Comment
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  • Annika Jul 19 12:04 PM - Comment

    Lemon Milkshake

    My mom made me a lemon buttermilk milkshake when I got home yesterday.... DELIGHTFUL!

  • Annika Jul 10 12:11 PM - Comment

    Integrated Indian:

    I’ve spent the past three weeks in India, and now, home, I’d like to hopefully be able to integrate more spices and indian cooking techniques into the food i make.

    A few of my favorite dishes from the trip include:
    Dal Makhani
    Tandoori Chicken
    Chloe bhature
    Veg Kolhapuri

    Kim Jul 10 2009, 12:29 PM
    Let’s get cooking!
    Caroline Cummins Jul 10 2009, 11:15 PM
    chloe bhature? who’s she?
    Caroline Cummins Jul 10 2009, 11:15 PM
    p.s. we have much good bollywood should you wish to indulge ...
    Annika Jul 10 2009, 11:21 PM
    Oops! I meant “chole bhature” haha! its a garbanzo dish. And the bollywood sounds great!
    Caroline Cummins Jul 14 2009, 9:26 PM
    all righty, if you’re up for really long cheesy musicals with ridiculous plots and effects, lemme know and i’ll bring some dvds in!

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