After skipping last week due to half term I am super excited to bring back the blogger series starting with the fabulous Rebecca from
Tell us a little about you and your blog.
Hi, I’m Rebecca. I’m Mummy to a 3 year old boy and currently a stay at home Mum due to his special needs. J has Autism and takes a lot of looking after. I write a blog about our adventures. This ranges from appointments and therapies to the fun activities we do at home and days out.
Have you always enjoyed being in the kitchen or is it something you started when blogging – which came first?
I hated cooking until I moved in with my (now) husband. Initially I was a fish fingers and store brought cake kinda girl. But then I found that I enjoyed cooking from scratch. I love cooking meals, snacks and baking. I think I really started to get into more was when J was diagnosed with allergies and it was just easier and safer to make food.
I enjoy baking with J. He likes the mechanical side of baking such as weighing and filling bits up. I end up doing most of the rest. But I think baking is a great skill for children as it helps them explore food and build a positive relationship with it.
If you had an entire day to yourself what would you cook?
I would make a fridge full of different treats from fudge and coconut ice to biscuits and lemon drizzle cake. I’d also love to give making my own bread a go. It’s not something easily done with a little one around.
If you could only pack 3 baking/cookery items for a weekend away what would you take?
1- scales (I am AWFUL at estimating)
2- deep mixing bowl (simply because J tends to make a lot of mess with shallower bowls as his version of mixing is to stab the ingredients).
3- decent knife (nothing more frustrating than a blunt knife butchering your ‘artwork’)
Do you have a signature dish?
In terms of a meal I am know for my ‘fish linguine’. It’s made with anchovies, tune, passata, garlic, onion and then you add any other seafood like calamari and prawns. It’s a family favourite.
Have you ever had any kitchen disasters?
I made my husband a Stark tower birthday cake one year. Let’s just say grey when made with butter icing does not look attractive or appealing, haha. Luckily the cake itself was tasty.
I had an awful attempt at fudge once. Me and J were trying to and something went wrong as it just wouldn’t ‘set’. It wasn’t wasted though as we used it as sauce for ice cream.
Who is your kitchen icon?
I love Jamie Oliver for meal times. I love his 30 minutes and 15 minutes meal books. It’s great when I’m in a rush. I also love The Great British Bake Off. No one in particular just the whole show. It gives me great ideas for baking. They are the recipes I use when baking by myself. When I bake with J it’s usually biscuits, or cake…starting him off with simple and quick recipes as he doesn’t have a long attention span!
Where else can we find you?
Thank you lovely for sharing your kitchen secrets with us!