Hi and welcome to ‘Baking for Friends’!!
I’m Alex Romano (or Alie, I’ll explain a little later on) owner and baker of Simply Sweet Desserts. I spend my time juggling the city life as a model in Toronto and the peacefulness as a baker in the Kawartha Lakes, two of my favourite places.
Food; desserts in particular has always evoked happy memories for me. Ever since I can remember I’ve always showed curiosity for anything creative in the kitchen. I grew up surrounded by good cooks and bakers that enjoyed sharing their love for cooking and baking, which always brought our family and friends together. My grandma’s recipes are treasured and have been lovingly handed down through generations and my Mom and I have spent countless hours together working side by side in the kitchen. ‘Baking for Friends’ has evolved because of this love that I grew up with; baking and cooking for my family and friends.
I’ve always enjoyed spending my time in the garden, growing my own veggies, berries and herbs. I love walking around markets and sourcing out fresh yummy local finds like honey to use in new recipes. Entertaining is one of my most enjoyable pleasures, to be able to share the simple joys of food with the people I love.
I’ve spent over a decade modelling in Toronto and South Africa, working in Australia, Cuba, and the US to name a few places. Modelling has taught me so much, more than any office job could have. I’ve been able to travel the world to see places I’d never imagined and to experience all that the countries have to offer (including their food of course). I’ve been surrounded by stylists, photographers and artists who spend their days perfecting the final image. I’m constantly energized by these people around me and find my baking is influenced by the beauty from all of this.
I’m inspired by my family traditions, the places I’ve travelled, the people I’ve worked with, and the beauty of nature. This all pours out into my baking. When I make a dessert I can’t help but add some simple detail that makes it my own!