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Beccy's interview

Interview by Jill Interview by Jill

We interviewed Beccy!

Visit the blog: Four Candles Kitchen.

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Discover Beccy's favourite recipe: Veggie soya Lasagne

"Don’t get disheartened if a recipe doesn’t go to plan, see what you could do differently the next time and also don’t be afraid to try new flavours but most of all enjoy yourself!"

Hello Beccy, so tell us...

What inspired your love affair with food, and why did you start the blog?

For as long as I can remember I’ve loved food and any family get together revolved around food. My Mum was a great cook and was always trying new recipes and flavours so she is probably my biggest inspiration. She would sign up for cookery courses and then come home and make curries, which all seemed rather exotic in the early 80’s!

I was initially quite reluctant to start the blog but my sister and Dad encouraged me to do it as I was always getting positive feedback for the dishes I had cooked for people and would get asked for my recipes.

In your wildest dreams, where is your blog going to take you as it develops?

Gosh, I really have no idea! The absolute dream would be to have my own cookbook but at the moment I am enjoying developing recipes and sharing them on my blog.

What is your secret weapon in the kitchen?

Patience! When I first started devising my own recipes and they didn’t go as planned, I’d start doubting myself and if I was meant to be trying new recipes at all. Now, if a recipe doesn’t work out as planned, I think of what I can do differently next time and look upon it as a learning curve.
Good music in the kitchen helps too!

What dish or menu could you not live without?

If I wasn’t intolerant to gluten or dairy, it would, without question be my Mum’s lasagne, it was the best!
Not really a dish or menu but I love berries – especially blueberries and raspberries – and have them every day and eat them like sweets!

What is your earliest memory involving food?

It would be baking with my Grandmas; especially scones. And for all the years that I baked with them I’m still not very good at it!

What chefs do you admire most and why?

It would have to be Nigel Slater. He is so calm in his manner and the way he talks, you can tell he really loves the ingredients he’s working with.

If you could be a contestant or guest on any cooking show, what show would you choose?

I don’t think I’d like to go on a cooking show as they all look too stressful! Cooking for me is calming and a great way to de-stress so I don’t think being a contestant on a show is for me!

Your about page says that you are gluten and dairy intolerant. What would you say helped you the most while trying to eliminate those foods?

When I first had to eliminate gluten and dairy, I did struggle and kept focusing on all the foods I couldn’t eat.
I soon realised that I was just making it worse for myself. Now I focus on the foods I can eat and try new foods that I maybe would not have tried before.
I also read lots of different food blogs to get inspiration from others.

Any last words or message for our readers?

Don’t get disheartened if a recipe doesn’t go to plan, see what you could do differently the next time and also don’t be afraid to try new flavours but most of all enjoy yourself!

Thank you Beccy for answering our questions and see you soon!
Published by Jill - 22/04/2014

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