My interest in food started at a very young age. When I was little and it was too cold and wet to play outside (as there are many days like that in Scotland!) I liked nothing better than sitting at my Gran’s kitchen table reading through her recipe books. One particular book that sticks in my mind is The Hamlyn all colour cookbook, which I’m now lead to believe was the definitive British cookbook of the 1970’s.
My interest in food kind of waned in my teenage years. Not eating. Oh no. I lived on cheesy pasta, chips and chocolate but cooking was definitely not high on my list of priorities. When I married the love of my life at age 24 I started spending more time in the kitchen. I borrowed my Gran’s copy of Delia Smith’s complete cookery course and cooked her beef stroganoff. My Mother and Father in law taught me how to make stovies and lentil soup. Simple, nourishing meals. I realised I loved spending time in the kitchen.
In 2003 I bought a book called How to be a Domestic Goddess by Nigella. I baked a Victoria sponge and number biscuits for my son’s 1st Birthday party. I remembered how I always loved baking when I was a child and I had high hopes that my children would get as much enjoyment out of it as much as I did.
So I kept on cooking and baking. Some experiments were a triumph, some were a disaster. But that’s how you learn! Don’t be afraid to experiment. I am a huge fan of Nigella Lawson – she has inspired me in countless ways over the years. I try and live by her quote “feel the fear and cook it anyway.” What’s the worst that can happen?
If it goes wrong and no-one likes it, do what I do – draw a line under it and never mention it again 😉
Money is now tighter than ever. It’s more important than ever to stick to a budget while cooking. It’s boring but necessary. In the past few years most of us have felt the pinch. I have become a bit obsessed with finding supermarket bargains, or yellow sticker bargains as I call them. A lot of the food I make and share on here/my Instagram stories is made from whatever bargains I’ve found that week. I want to show you that you can eat really well without having to spend a fortune. Having said that, I don’t mind occasionally spending a little more on good quality ingredients when I can afford it. If you gave me £100 and said I had to spend it in either a clothes shop or a food deli, I would pick the deli every single time. Yes, I love food that much!
I don’t have a fancy camera. All of my photos are taken on my phone (currently iPhone se.) I don’t have a lot of time for food styling, although I do my best to make my photos look half decent. I really admire the beautiful blogs that are full of professional, artfully styled, stunning food photography. I love reading them but you won’t find that here. I just hope the recipes make up for the lack of styling.
You can also keep up with what I’m making and eating on my Instagram page (I’m posting a lot of Instagram stories at the moment – I am slightly addicted to them), Facebook, Pinterest or on my Twitter page.