About me

imageHello, I’m Nicola. This blog is dedicated to my love of food! I live with a hungry husband, two teenagers and a baby. Cooking and baking is my niche, my creative outlet.

imageMy 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 😉

imageMoney 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.

Happy cooking!



48 thoughts on “About me

  1. Thanks for checking out my blog and taking a peak at my Red Velvet Truffles! Hopefully you find some of these recipes simple to recreate for yourself as well and I look forward to following your baking adventures!



  2. Hello Nicola, found you via your comment on my blog – been browsing through your recipes and I have to confess you are going to be keeping me cuddly for the unforseeable future, there’s just so much here that’s making sweet tooth *itch* :0)


  3. Thanks for liking my site, I am a total novice, but as I am on maternity leave I wanted to get started with something that will last, and I just love to bake! Your blog is lovley, and I am just beginning to have a scour, you are a good baker! I am sure that I will take inspiration from you. Thanks agin and happy baking!


  4. Loved your blog! Thanks for following mine! I think tomorrow I’m gonna make that lemon curd you recommended 🙂 I saw Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood making Hot Cross Buns too but I had already committed to another recipe… I’ll definitely have a go at it next time.


    1. You’re welcome, thank you! 🙂 I love discovering new blogs! Hope you like the lemon curd, I loved it! Definitely the best I’ve ever tried. Ruth’s step by step guide on her blog is excellent. That hot cross bun recipe is also very good, I’d definitely recommend it.


  5. Hi Nicola – stopping by from my FaceBook page to say hello! I look forward to following your journey and seeing the delicious things you make. There is a great linky party hosted by a fellow WP blogger, Angie @ The Novice Gardener every Friday. It’s called Fiesta Friday. Take a look at the guide lines which are really simple and link up some of your recipes. It’s a great way to meet new bloggers and also boost your views and followers. Thanks for finding me on FB!


      1. No problem! If you put Fiesta Friday into the search box on my blog you will find all the links at the bottom of one of the posts..well – somewhere in the post!


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