Gimme Some Oven

About Ali

Ali Martin from Gimme Some Oven

Hey! I’m Ali, and I am so happy that you found your way here to Gimme Some Oven.

I created this little corner of the internet to celebrate life around the table and the good food that bring us all together. Here in our house, we gravitate towards recipes that are quick, easy, seasonal, (mostly) healthy, and big on flavor. So whether that’s whipping up a quick stir-fry or batch of cozy wild rice soup in the wintertime, blending up some refreshing gazpacho with sangria in the summertime, making our millionth batch of tacos and margs on Tuesdays, or baking up a warm batch of cinnamon rolls and eggs benny for sunny weekend brunches — my heart is never more happy than when my table is filled with good food and good people gathered ’round.

If that sounds like your style too, you’ve got a kindred spirit right here. ♡

A bit about me.

When I began this blog back in 2009, I was working as a full-time musician by day and cooking up a storm by night. Now, I have the privilege of doing all of the recipe-developing, photography and writing for this site as my full-time job. And more than a decade into blogging, I can honestly say that I still absolutely love it. Seeing the recipes that I create here in my tiny kitchen show up on your tables around the world makes my heart deeply so happy, and I work hard to be sure that this site continues to be a trustworthy resource for you to turn to.

Beyond the blog, I’m a born-and-raised Kansas girl who’s currently living the expat life for awhile in Barcelona, Spain. We try to make the most of those crazy-cheap RyanAir tickets and travel on the weekends around Europe as much as possible. But when we’re home, you can find us soaking up sunny terraces with friends, taking the pups for long walks along the shore, enjoying endless tapas and glasses of vermut, and just enjoying our cozy little apartment here in the city center.

To follow more along with life and reflections behind-the scenes, feel free to follow my personal Instagram account. And for anyone interested, I also share there about our infertility and IVF journey too.

A bit about my food philosophy.

So what kinds of recipes will you see here on Gimme Some Oven?

Short answer: a little bit of everything.

The food that I share on the blog is the food that we eat here in our home. And as an omnivore married to a vegetarian, the majority of the meals in our house are now plant-based. (So some of you long-time readers may notice that meat dishes have become less common on here.)  One of the things I also love about living in Barcelona is that the markets here are strictly seasonal — as in, you couldn’t find fresh watermelon or tomatillos here in December if you tried — which has been great extra motivation to cook with seasonal produce as much as possible.

The majority of our meals during the weekdays fall in the 30-minutes-or-less category. But I also love cozying up with a hot cup of coffee or a glass of wine on the weekends and diving into recipes that require a bit more time, like our favorite Swedish cinnamon buns or Spanish paellas or DIY maki rolls for “Sushi Sundays.” You may notice that we also have a major weakness for Mexican food, noodles of all kinds, soups and various kinds of cookies around here. And while most of my recipes are on the healthier side, I definitely also enjoy indulging in some indulgent sweets and comfort foods on occasion.

So as always, please always feel free to take whatever recipes you love on here and leave the rest. And if you ever have specific recipe requests, don’t hesitate to let me know because I love to cook what you’re craving!

Thank you.

More than anything, I just want to say thank you so much for being here, and I hope that this site can play some small part in making your days a little brighter and tastier. Cheers, everyone. ♡

Love,
Ali

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  1. I just want to say, as an expat living in Japan, I am LOVING all your tips and tricks. I have to sub or adjust or edit almost any recipe I find simply because I can’t find the ingredients or it’s too expensive. So you substitution suggestions are fabulous. Thank you! I love your sty. And will definitely be coming back to your site often.

  2. Can’t wait to make the hot & sour soup.
    Also someone mentioned in comments about your French Onion Soup recipe. Could you please share it with me
    Thanks

  3. Love this photo and the little black and tan dog.

  4. Thank you for the recipe I will definitely be revisiting.

  5. I am from Kansas too! :)

    My BF and I love your spicy cabbage soup.

  6. Hello Ali,
    I have been involved in catering for over 40 years now; not as a chef but as a general manager. Many times throughout my career though, I have had to jump into the kitchen because the chef called in sick or threw his cap into the fryer and quit. So when assigned to new pub/restaurant, I always designed the menus around my own limited capabilities. Over the years, I have learnt that the hearth is the home! People just love home made food. So I stopped employing “Chefs”, and employed “Cooks”… Mums, school dinner ladies or just talented home cooks who had a little flair. And it works!

    I tripped over your website entirely by accident, but I am so glad I did. It delivers simplicity, practicality and flavour! So well done you; I will be back regularly.

  7. I have had the great pleasure to make a few of your dishes since discovering your blog a couple of years ago. Sometimes I just search ingredients and I am delighted when an option from you pops up. I am now following you on pinterest (yes, I am a late social media bloomer). Anyway, just a quick note here to say “Thanks so much!” You have a positive impact on my efforts in the kitchen.
    All the best,
    Alastair