Describe your culinary style.
I think comfort food would be the right description. I love my oven, and most of my creations spend quite some time simmering away without needing constant attention. That’s because I don’t like stressing when cooking. For me being in the kitchen is a way of relaxing and spending some pleasant time in my favourite place of the house.
For someone new to your blog, which recipe do you recommend they try first?
The most popular recipe on my site is my Carrot Cake– it’s just divine if I may say so myself. Moist, full of warm autumn spices and topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting. Another really lovely winter warmer is my Pumpkin Coconut Soup with basil pesto, which I love making on cold nights. I really love Butternut Squash, and there’s no better way than to roast it with some feta and rosemary, so simple, yet so good!
What is the main source of inspiration for your recipes?
Living in London and working as a restaurant critic provides daily inspiration – there’s just so much going on in this city’s food scene. I also read every food magazine I can get my hands on and take notes of culinary trends.
I also love travelling so my food takes inspiration from all my trips. This year I discovered a whole range of new spices and herbs in Thailand and India, which I keep on experimenting with and adding to traditional European recipes. I also just returned from a trip to the US, and I can’t help but love everything pumpkin now.
If you could have one food while stranded on a desert island, what would it be?
I think it would have to be cheese. A nice slice of nutty Gruyere, some chewy Haloumi (for BBQs) or milky buffalo mozarella.. Really, life ain’t worth living without cheese :)
What is your ultimate guilty food pleasure?
I’m a sucker for all things deep fried! From crisps and chips (with mayonnaise!) to samosas and spring rolls, hell, I even enjoyed tucking into a battered deep fried mars bar in Scotland! I know it’s so bad, yet so good…
The most incredible feeling in the world, when everything falls into place and you know you’ve just tasted a piece of heaven – that’s Yummly!