hello and welcome to any readers of delicious who've discovered eat the right stuff through the "blogstandard" feature in august's edition of the magazine. i hope you enjoy exploring the blog and find some recipes you'd like to try. and if you see something that piques your interest, let me know what you think - comments are hugely welcome!
below is a copy of the interview with links to help you find the recipes mentioned.
what inspired your love of food?
i lived in malawi until i was 14 and grew up eating seasonal food, often made from ingredients we'd grown ourselves. growing up in a multinational community spurred my love for food.
what was the first thing you ever cooked?
in africa i did lots of barbecuing with my father. i also remember making rock cakes and shortbread.
does your blog have a theme?
food that's both healthy and delicious! i love experimenting with recipes, blogging about them and getting positive feedback. my mackerel fishcakes, for example, got loads of responses. and i do reach quite a few people -my blog attracts 2,500 hits a month. (abby update: it's up significantly from that already, which is fabulous)
least favourite thing about blogging?
working and studying at the same time is really time-consuming, so finding time to blog is hard. i also hate spam emails. but the good outweighs the bad. it's great having an instant connection with people. i've even met some other bloggers and we recently did a chocolate cookery course together.
your favourite food blogs?
ms glaze is fantastic, it's written by an american who works in a three-star michelin restaurant in paris. it makes me realise i never want to work in a professional kitchen. stephen cooks was the first blog i read so i love that too.
your top cooking tip?
don't be scared to try anything. find a recipe you like and go for it.
what's your signature dish?
what's your worst cooking disaster?
creme brulee is a constant disaster (abby update: not any more!). and, i recently cooked a lamb pie with an elaborate filo pastry and dropped it on the floor.i was mortified but we still ate it - the floor was clean, i promise!
do you have any food heroes?
nigel slater inspires me. he shows that you don't need rigid plans when cooking.
your favourite dish?
dhal. i make it all the time. you can make it fresh-tasting by adding lime juice and zest, or rich by stirring in coconut milk.