Welcome Hazel – visiting London from her Cookie Cottage

Hazel (@hazelhardijzer) from Cookie Cottage journeys from the Netherlands to attend her first conference for FBC5. 

What are you most looking forward to about #FBC5?

Meeting other foodbloggers from around the globe and exchanging blogging experiences.

What motivated you to blog about food and how has food blogging changed your life?

I started my blog in combination with my Dutch webshop in British and American baking ingredients. I felt I needed to blog about recipes in order to show people how these ingredients could be used. When the shop closed I wasn’t sure whether to continue with this blog untill I found new blogging spirit and decided the blog could live on it’s own. Actually that’s when the blog really came to life and started to expand my followers drastically.

Do you blog full time or, if not, what’s your day job? What does your family/partner think of your blog?

Unfortunately not. My daytime job is working as a web editor / communications officer at a national agency for information about and mediation in sign language interpreters. A totally different world, although food is practically all we talk about at work. My loving partner fully supports my blogging habits, although he thinks I tend to live behind my computer a bit too much.

What are your future aspirations for the blog? From where do you get inspiration and who taught you to cook?

To inspire other people about homebaking. I get my inspiration everywhere; from other foodbloggers, pinterest, foreign supermarkets, road trips, family visits in either Germany, France of England, from friends and family, cookbooks. My mum taught me a little how to cook, but mostly I taught myself from reading and through trial and error.

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

Too much to numerate. I’d say look at my bloglovin account : ) but if I must highlight a few. For their pretty picures I love reading/looking at: Joy the baker, naturally ella, Rob en Marleen, klitzeklein, Tartelette. Mostly I get inspired by foodcombinations and foodphotos.

What’s your favourite/least favourite food? What’s been your ultimate meal to date? And what would your last meal be?

Anything barbecued or from the oven. But in summertime a nice fish or salad would also do perfectly. Ultimate sweetness: pavlova with whipped cream and red summer fruit.

How many cookbooks do you own? Who is your favourite celebrity chef and and who is your favourite food writer? Why?

Lost count.. I don’t have a particular celebrity chef, but I do like watching Bill Granger, Nigella, the hairy bikers. My favourite cookbook is definitely Hummingbird bakery cookbook. Somehow these recipes never fail me! I love that! Other foodwriters I love are Yvette van Boven with her books ‘homemade’ Trish Deseine and Magnolia Bakery cookbook.

What’s your signature dish?

Pavlova  or earl grey cake with lemonglaze and around christmas, it’s cranberry vodka

Do you have a favourite kitchen tool/appliance? What’s the hottest item on your shopping list? (can be current foodie favourite or a desired gadget/book etc)

My boretti oven! I’m in love with it : ) My next item to buy is one of these lovely pie dishes from Emile Henry or one very lovely mason cash flower mixing bowl.


One Response to Welcome Hazel – visiting London from her Cookie Cottage

  1. Karen July 8, 2013 at 8:50 am #

    SO lovely to spend time with you Hazel! Karen xxx

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