60 seconds with Kirrin Haynes from Kirrin’s Kitchen at #FBC15

Kirrin Haynes, the blogger behind Kirrin’s Kitchen (@kirrinskitchen), shares her thoughts on blogging and food in the run up to her attendance at #FBC15.

Kirrin Portrait July 2013

 What are you looking forward to learning and enjoying at FBC this year?

I’m looking forward to learning some tips on how to improve my food styling for photographs. I’m also keen to learn how to progress my blog, to get better visibility and cross-promotion with social media. And I have no clue about Pinterest!

Is blogging your full time job? If not, what is your day job? Would you like to become a full time blogger and focus your professional career in this area? 

In one regard I guess blogging is my full time job because I’m not working at the moment. My ‘day job’ is on hold for a couple of years while we are in London, which has allowed me the luxury of playing with food and being more active in the community. I’d love to become a full time blogger but I’m really not sure how this can happen.

What first motivated you to blog and how has blogging changed your life? What’s your ultimate blogging dream – where do you plan to take it in the future? What are your future aspirations – both for the blog and for any related activity? How do you plan to continue to grow and develop your blog? (your own cookbook, a supper club, restaurant, product line perhaps?)  

I’ve always been a foodie and created my own recipes. I started blogging because I needed somewhere to write them down so I could share them. I love it when people tell me that they cooked one of my recipes and loved it! I’d love to be able to spend all day experimenting with new recipes – at the moment I just need more people available to eat everything I make. Ultimately I’d love to produce a cookbook and teach classes. I’m also looking into becoming a distributor for a particular product I love.

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What’s your signature dish? If you want us to feature your favourite recipe from your own blog, include the link here!

I’m not sure about signature dish as the food I cook is so varied. But, this is certainly my most popular recipe. I have people telling me that they make it every week!

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Which other bloggers do you follow most closely? Tell us something you’ve learned from reading other blogs you probably wouldn’t know otherwise?

I follow Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking. She is so genuine, her recipes are fantastic, and the blog itself is so beautiful. I think the thing I have learnt from reading other blogs is to just be yourself, chat if you want to, share something of yourself not just a recipe.

What blogging trends are you enjoying at the minute? Do you follow trends religiously or are you most interested in setting new trends yourself, a bit of both, or do you ignore them all together?

I don’t follow trends, couldn’t tell you what they are! I just do my own thing.

If you had to eat one country’s traditional dish for a year, what would it be? What would be your last meal on earth?

I’ve travelled a lot, all around the world. A highlight for me is always trying the different foods and ingredients. I get so excited visiting food markets in other countries and want to buy all the things. My favourite foods come from SE Asia, particularly Vietnam.

If I had to eat just one type of cuisine for a year it would be Vietnamese. The flavours are so fresh.im-going-to

What’s your idea of food hell?

My idea of food hell is a week of ready meals.

Celebrity chefs who use their profile for the greater good or to make us all eat healthily – is that a good thing or an annoying publicity stunt? Who is your favourite celebrity chef and / or favourite food writer? Why? 

I think many celebrity chefs have done good things for the publics awareness of healthy eating. Particularly chefs who are accessible and have wide appeal such as Jamie Oliver. While he certainly isn’t my fav chef I think he has done a lot for the masses. There are many others promoting healthier eating but I don’t like it when they become preachy, their way is the only way. I think eating regimes that are too restrictive are unsustainable. It’s about balance between delicious healthy meals and still enjoying treats.

Do you have a favourite kitchen tool or appliance – either a new addition or a trusted old favourite?  What’s on your wish-list right now? (Could be a gadget, appliance, ingredient/product, book, restaurant, course, travel destination etc)

Oh, my two favourite things at the moment are my Thermomix and my Instant Pot. Don’t even need to think about that one. They are perfect companions in the kitchen. My wish list at the moment is very simple. I want a large freezer for bulk storage.

How is your lifestyle shaped by food? 

My lifestyle is shaped by food. My travel choices are based on the cuisine, destinations include food markets, famous restaurants, street food. I end up buying random ingredients and then having to work out how to use them. I’m always experimenting so we have very few ‘regular’ meals. It does make me very fussy in restaurants though. I hate ordering something that I could easily make myself. I refuse to pay for pasta or risotto! I will always go for the unusual thing on the menu just to try it.

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One Response to 60 seconds with Kirrin Haynes from Kirrin’s Kitchen at #FBC15

  1. Lana September 12, 2015 at 9:46 am #

    Great read, Kirrin. Good luck on your food journey and using amazing ingredients xo

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