Hello, I’m Nicola. This blog is dedicated to my love of food! I live with a hungry husband, a teenager, a pre-teen and a baby. Cooking and baking is my way of relaxing, when I can find the time!
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 huge recipe books and placing a little “tick” beside recipes that caught my eye. Nothing much has changed, I still do the same thing :- )
My interest waned in my teenage years. I lived on cheesy pasta, chips and chocolate. 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 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 total disaster. My cookbook collection grew vastly over the years. I ran out of space on my groaning bookshelves a long time ago so any new additions to my collection sit on my kitchen table or if they are very new, beside my bedside table.
Hope you’ll join me in my busy, slightly messy at times but always fun kitchen!