Meet Nick from Frugal Feeding.com. His is one of the first blogs I ever started following. I remember seeing his Welsh cakes whilst sitting on a train platform heading into London wishing I was back home so I could make them immediately, melt some butter on top and devour right away! I also made his tiramisu for New years eve last year and it went down a storm.
Although the main theme for the blog is obviously frugal food that isn’t why I’ve been following him for years. It’s the amazing variety of dishes from egg fried rice to sour dough French toast. You never know what is coming next but I’ll tell you what, it always looks delicious and it’s always a really easy to follow recipe with ingredients you can find in your supermarket easily.
Nick kindly took the time to answer a few questions.
What made you start your start your blog Frugalfeeding.com
Being a poor student and wanting to save some money while still eating well. It helped a lot and I actually started eating a lot better!
How long have you been blogging for?
Since January 2011
How did you get into cooking and baking?
It’s always played an important role in my family – my Grandmother and Mother were/are great cooks – so it’s kind of carried on from there.
Who inspires you most in the cooking arena and why?
I can’t really narrow this down to any one person. No one person really inspires me. It’s more about the whole blogosphere, be it on Pinterest or the masses of other blogs I follow.
What’s your favorite cook/ baking blog?
Again, it’s difficult to really single one out. Whenever people ask me this I tend to choose different ones. Today it’s going to be Cooking in Sens. Written by a lovely woman called Rosemary, this blog features some wonderful food (not always or even usually frugal) and fantastic photography.
What do you do for a living?
I’m a copywriter for an organization called Localworld. So, I do things like write SEO friendly copy for businesses around the UK.
What’s the best part of blogging?
It helps me improve my writing/photography/website skills, amongst other things.
Tell me about your Blood Orange cake recipe?
This Blood Orange Cake (above) is topped with a simple cream cheese and sugar mixture. It’s divine, simple, light and delicious. You can’t really go wrong. The orange slices in the middle add a fantastic, refreshing element to the whole cake.
What’s been your most successful post?
My recipe for Mocha Mousse is by far and away my most popular recipe. It’s simple and contains a lot of chocolate – that’s the key.
What do you do for fun/ to relax?
I cycle a lot, anywhere from 30 to 130 miles in one go. We actually have a 200 mile ride planned for April, hopefully.
Are you a Tea or coffee drinker?
Coffee. And lots of it.
Where is your favorite place to go out to eat?
There’s this little pub/restaurant in Bristol called no.1 Harbourside. You guessed it, it’s near the harbour and serves up some amazing seasonal food for very little money. You even get a free bowl of soup as a starter, free of charge!
What kitchen gadget could you not live without and why?
My all-in-one stick blender. From hummus to soup and peanut butter it can accommodate any sort of blending/food processing.
(Emma here- This one is great )
What’s your fail safe dinner party dessert?
Again, my mocha mousse – you can’t really go wrong. Though tiramisu is also a good choice and it’s perhaps even simpler.
What’s your guilty food pleasure?
Marmite and soft cheese spread together on toast. I don’t really know if that’s guilty, but it is amazing.
What is your best baking tip?
Big thanks to Nick for taking the time to answer my questions and for sharing his amazing Blood Orange Cake recipe with us. You can find Nick at FrugalFeeding.com Be sure to check it out and say hello.