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(EN) #ThatTranslatorCanCook: Manon Adam

Happy new year! A new decade is starting with 2020. A great time to list our good resolutions, get our stomachs some rest, but also discover a new interview from my peers! Please warmly welcome Manon, English/German to French translator, to start the new year just right!


Manon Adam, EN/DE>FR translator

Manon and her pastries
Manon is a proud gourmet and a great cook, as shown by these delicious mouth-watering pastries!

Who are you?

I am Manon Adam, a translator specialised in technical, industrial and agri-food texts.

What is your relationship with cooking?

I've been in love with cooking for a very long time. I grew up in a restaurant and I loved helping my Austrian grand-mother prepare food when I was little.

I like cooking as much as I like baking, I enjoy both of them. But what I love the most is preparing "apéritifs" (French part on the meal that comes before starters) for my friends when they visit me!

What dish do you like to cook the most?

It's too hard to choose! I like making pizzas because we can use so many different things in them. And I prepare the dough myself, of course!

And the least?

I like challenges so, for me, that would be any dish too "simple" to make, like pasta or just a piece of meat with broccoli. Anything that is too quick to make.

What have you always wanted to know how to do in cooking (e.g. a technique or a dish)?

Macarons. I tried once or twice, and it was a complete disaster each time. But I think the blame was on the recipe!

What do you eat and/or drink while translating?

Wine and cheese of course! Vive la France! I'm just kidding. In the morning, I drink coffee and in the afternoon, tea in winter or soda in summer. However, I never nibble, it's unhealthy.

Bonus: Could you share a quick, easy, delicious recipe?

Here is a delicious chocolate muffins' recipe:


  • 250g of flour

  • 100g of caster sugar

  • 1 bag of vanilla sugar

  • 50g of chocolate chips (or more to taste)

  • 2 eggs

  • 25cl of milk

  • 5cl of neutral oil

Mix all the liquid ingredients in a bowl, then all the dry ingredients in another bowl. Then, mix both mixtures together in the same bowl.

Coat (with butter and flour) muffin cups, or use paper cups.

Put the mixture in the cups, then bake to 180°C for 15 to 20 minutes (depending on the size of the cups).

Several different versions are possible, you can use whatever you like!

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