Based here in London, Kathryn is the food blogger behind London Bakes (@londonbakes). Her beautiful blog showcases a collection of sweet (and sometimes savoury) recipes featuring simple, seasonal and good for you ingredients.
Who taught you to cook?
My mother taught me a few of her signature dishes but she never really baked anything so in that regard, I’m pretty much self-taught. My late grandmother was a big inspiration to me though as she would always have a freshly made cake on the table when we went to visit on a Sunday.
Where do you buy your groceries and why?
I get most of the big and bulky items in an Ocado delivery every couple of weeks. I’m lucky enough to live around the corner from several independent grocery shops too so I tend to top up my supermarket delivery on a daily basis from there.
Favourite kitchen tool/appliance?
I do love my Kitchen Aid if only because it means I can whip up cream or egg whites or buttercream and do something else at the same time!
What’s the hottest item on your shopping list?
I’m obsessed with nut butters at the moment – particularly hazelnut butter and almond butter.
What’s your least favourite food?
I was an incredibly picky eater as a child and I’m still trying to overcome some of my prejudices. I’ve got much better but I still can’t handle either the taste or texture of bananas.
Any comical kitchen failures?
I can be quite (or very) impatient so I often try to remove cakes from tins before they’re cool which either results in injury to my person or cake all over the floor. It’s happened more times than I care to think about.
What are you most looking forward to about FBC12?
I’m most looking forward to meeting people that so far I’ve only connected with via twitter or email. Every food blogger I’ve met in person has been such a blast and it seems to attract a really fun group of people.
I’ve been blogging in various forms for years and years but it was only when I started blogging about what I was coming up with in the kitchen, which was, at the time, pretty much the only exciting thing in my life, that I really fell in love with it.How has food blogging changed your life?
It’s definitely made it a lot busier! I work long hours in my day job so it’s sometimes a struggle to find the time to find in developing recipes, cooking, writing etc but it’s also brought so many opportunities into my life that I wouldn’t have it any other way!Where do you get inspiration from?
Like many people, I get a lot of ideas from other food blogs, magazines and cookbooks but I also like to think back to memorable dishes that I’ve eaten in the past and use those flavours in something new.
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