When I first started blogging in 2012 I felt a little lonely. So many fantastic blogs that I followed were written by people living in London; glamorous types drinking artisan flat whites with avocado on toast. It was hard watching them be able to visit lots of fantastic events whilst I had to turn down invites because they were always in (you guessed it) London, starting at 6pm sharp on a work night. I go to London often but didn’t have that accessibility that others seemed to have and there didn’t seem to be much happening elsewhere. Early on I did wonder if ever I’d be able to make anything of my blog living in Milton Keynes.
The last time I visited The Swan at Salford it was Father’s day 2015 and I’d treated my dad to one seriously tasty flat iron steak. None of us had ever had a flat iron steak before… The Swan seem good at whipping out a special.
Don’t think for one second that it’s all plain sailing in a food blogger’s kitchen. Oooh no. But then there’s that saying, “The person who never made a mistake never made anything” and in this case, a bit of trial an error has lead me to create a superb biscuit recipe that I think you’re going to love.
You already know that I like to sneak out the sugar in my baking every once in a while. To be honest it’s not always with the goal of making treats a little healthier; I genuinely prefer cakes that aren’t mega sugary. I’ve always preferred more wholesome, rustic recipes like a lovely carrot cake over a slab of chocolate fudge. Although don’t get me wrong: if you’ve got some chocolate cake I am more than happy to help you out with it.
I’m a pretty adventurous eater. If I’m trying something new I’m not the kind of person who stares at it on their fork, then gives it a sniff, before shaving off the tiniest bit with their front tooth (UGH this behaviour is the worst). Instead I’ll shove it in my gob knowing there’s a 99% chance I’ll like it. In fact, I only recall one disastrous moment in my life with an offensively slimy mouthful of okra. *Shudder*