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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. Hi Ms. Ali! I am glad that I am here and found your website. You were such an amazing person. Thank you so much!
    -April

  5. I made your naan recipe after I couldn’t find the one I had been using after my computer crashed. Yours used honey instead of sugar, and the addition of an egg. My naan were fluffier, chewier, and larger than with the previous recipe. I have bookmarked it and will be using it weekly; so good!!!!

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

  7. Hi Ali, I was looking for a recipe for gazpacho and stumbled upon your blog. I envy you your time in Barcelona!
    My wife and I spent a month in 2019 traveling across Catalan, Basque country and Galicia. We spent a short but memorable time in Barcelona. Intended to return for 3 month stay in Valencia but the pandemic had other ideas. So maybe a little later. I’m going to try your gazpacho recipe for a brunch with friends in a couple of weeks. Need to practice first. We were in Spain during the month of May so didn’t find any gazpacho but gobs of pintxo/pinchos – (a novelty to us). Many, many moons ago I did have some gazpacho at a friend’s house in Granada. So delicious. Let’s see how my gazpacho turns out.

  8. I am from Kansas too! :)

    My BF and I love your spicy cabbage soup.

  9. Hey Ali,
    Just wanted to say I adoooooore you and your blog! The design, the fresh recipes, the colours and your writing style is out of this world. I am a blogger myself (only for half year) and know how much work it is.
    Everything looks so delicious and appetizing, and you put so much work into your business.
    Well done!!
    Lot’s of love from London,

    Jula from the-rainbow-recipes.con

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. I am new to using dutch ovens — I have several questions, please?
    One — If using an enameled dutch oven, what size is the best for your bread recipe?
    Two — Can one use an enameled stainless steel (or aluminum) enameled dutch oven?
    Or ONLY cast-iron-type dutch ovens?
    Three — I read that one should NOT heat (in oven or on stovetop) an empty dutch
    oven or the enamel will crack and then start to flake off. Is this true? So what to do?
    Four — Do you always use All-Purpose flour or Bread flour?
    Thank you a million times over if you really answer these questions! I am very grateful.

  13. I must say, this will be a first to comment on a blog site but with all due respect you have earned any/all kudos bc the recipes ate phenomenal my family has enjoyed the one pot Mac & Cheese dish and I now have a fan following, lol I can hardly wait to try this Egg Roll Soup I’m certain it will be another hit. God bless you and your family & stay safe.

  14. You are very nice, I have been writing from Dubai:)) I have learned so many things from you. I wanted to say “thank you” ❤️🙏❤️ Also I have three boys ❤️

  15. We made your chicken enchiladas with your sauce. My husband said the best enchiladas he has ever had. We used to live in a big city with authentic Mexican food so his comment is a great compliment. When I saw 1/4 chili powder I freaked because I can’t do spicy. But I was able to eat without any problems. I can’t wait to continue to follow you for more tasty and quick meals. Thxs

  16. Hello Ali,
    Thank you for creating and sharing so many fantastic recipes. Whenever I see that you have a new post,
    I get a cup of coffee, take a relaxing breath and know that I’m going to be taken away to your kitchen in Barcelona. Your recipes are wonderful and your photos make it personalized. Such enriching reading!
    Thank you,
    Mary Parshall

  17. I love your column and open every email. But I was all set to try the salted brownie bites – esp for a friend who has diabetes – when I couldn’t find the nutrition information. Could you please add it to the recipe and let me know when you do? Thank you so much. It makes such sense that you’re a musician as well!

  18. Hi Ali, I have come across so many recipes from you and I am a huge fan. I love the tips and tricks. I’m so happy I found your site.

  19. Thank you Ali! I’m old at heart and in person..lol. I found some of your recipes and will be trying them here very shortly. Your articles make me smile…Thanks. Kathy

  20. Thank You for your enthusiasm for sharing recipes. I share your love of cooking .I sometimes make foods with my own twist on a certain dish ,but if I can join your blog I won’t have to do that your recipes have done that for me.

  21. Good Morning,
    I am trying to preserve family recipes to share with my daughters and nieces. What site do you use for your recipes sharing?
    Thank you,
    Janet

  22. So happy I came across your website Ali. I just bought a 5 lb bag of organic yellow Masa Harina to make tortillas and I have no idea how to do this. Thankfully I’ve come across your site and you’ve shown me what to do. One question, I have a 6″ diameter cookie cutter which I was hoping to use to cut the tortillas. This means rolling the whole dough out and cutting 6″ circles. I also have a 2″ cookie scoop, but I bought the 6″ cutter especially to make tortillas. What do you think, will this work also? By the way, I’ve just spent the last hour looking at a number of your recipes, and they look fantastic. It’s the end of October here in Canada, so the weather definitely calls for soups and stews. I’ve printed a number of your recipes, and will be back another time to check out the rest of them. Thanks so much, and how’s the weather in Spain? Best Regards, Alice

  23. Just wanted to say that I am so glad I found your site. Your recipes are delicious and I frequent it often to cook meals. Thank you.

  24. I want to make these but need to know the carbs. My granddaughter is type 1 diabetic and we need to know all carbs she eats. Thank you