It’s time for our hot-off-the-press exclusive interviews with top Food Bloggers from around the world. The series, Delicious Insights, shares top tips, recommendations and advice on home cooking and entertaining.
What was your inspiration to start a food blog?
Other food blogs! I was so inspired by recipes found on food blogs or Pinterest that I wanted to document my own.
Where do most of your recipes come from?
A lot come from cookbooks or recipes published online but increasingly I have been developing my own recipes. I derive a lot of inspiration from my Greek heritage but am not limited by it.
Do you plan a weekly menu?
Not really. I have young kids so I usually recycle a few tried and tested recipes for them that I know will be popular! I can be a bit more adventurous with food for the grown ups and that is affected by what is in season and readily available. I tend to make more stews and comfort food in winter and a lot more salads and lighter fare in the summer.
Do you have a favourite recipe?
What do you love so much about working with food?
Creating new recipes or mastering a new skill or complicated recipe is incredibly satisfying and creative. But I also take great comfort in the act of baking/cooking. It is my therapy! I love working on the blog because it brings out the frustrated food stylist/photographer in me – both fields I would have loved to pursue.
What is your favourite kitchen tool/appliance and why?
I won a KitchenAid in a baking competition. I am not sure how I managed before – it is incredibly versatile and well designed and in use daily. I also love a little food chopper/processor I brought over from Greece. These are inexpensive but very, very useful. A bread maker is also great for making bread in a hurry.
What advice would you give to people stuck in a cooking rut?
Think outside the box. Look at different cultures for inspiration – they will bring new flavours and ideas that can invigorate you. Making your own bread can elevate everyday recipes like burgers to new heights.
What the quickest, easiest and healthiest snack you can recommend to our readers?
What’s next on your cooking to do list?
I have a notebook overflowing with ideas for new recipes I would like to try. I have a few cakes in mind that I would love to create and Autumn is pie season! I am also very keen to develop healthy recipes that are tasty and easy to prepare.
A huge thank you to Lucy for sharing her top foodie tips. Would you like to be featured in one of our interviews? If so, please head on over to Facebook and or send us a Tweet @Brabantialife, we can’t wait to hear from you!