Like many people I follow more blogs than I can ever hope to keep track of on a daily, or even weekly, basis. But there are some I check in with nearly every day because I’ve come to think of them, however embarrassingly, as my friends.
Top of this list is dear Dom from Belleau Kitchen. I ‘met’ Dom through Choclette (another favourite) and I fell in love with his blog instantly. Now I’d like you to meet him – but I have to warn you that his blog will lead you to more lovely people and their various projects. There’s no way you’re going to be on time for anything once you start reading it…
|Chicken thigh Yakitori Image: Belleau Kitchen|
What’s your blog about?I guess my blog is really about my life but with hefty helpings of what I cook thrown in. I’m hugely influenced by where I live, in the heart of the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds, as I’m surrounded by a plethora of wonderful fresh produce and some very inventive producers.
When did you start it? Why?
I started in May 2010 after watching Julie and Julia on the aeroplane back from visiting my dad in California. Belleau Kitchen was born the next day.
Do you have any culinary training or professional experience?
No, I regard myself as a cook, not a chef and I think that anyone can make the stuff I make – although I did once go on a ‘Cooking for Money’ course, learning how to run a catering business.
|Pumpkin, walnut and white chocolate loaf cake Image: Belleau Kitchen|
Who are your food heroes?
My Mum – naturally – then Delia Smith, Keith Floyd and Dave Smith who makes cider at Skidbrooke Farm in North Lincolnshire. He is my hero because he works so damn hard to make such a lovely product.
What are your three favourite posts on your blog?
My first-ever post– it’s embarrassingly naïve.
My wild garlic and mushroom quiche– I love quiche – and my post about a very large birthday cake. It gets the most views every week, even now.
Wild garlic and mushroom quiche Image: Belleau Kitchen
Tell us about another blog you love.
I want to live with Susan in her Spice Garden.
Masterchef and TV food shows: hot or not?
Do not get me started on food programmes – they are a pile of s**t at the moment and if we’re not careful they will die a death… I HATE food programmes and I’ve been on some of the s**t ones, so I should know!
Who do you cook for?
Me, The Viking, the neighbours and anyone who heaps praise on me.
|A very large birthday cake Image: Belleau Kitchen|
What’s for dinner tonight?
Cake – I’m at mums and it’s late and I forgot to eat but she always has a slice of cake on the go somewhere…