8 UK Food Bloggers You Should Also Be Following

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I’ve already shared with you 8 British food bloggers you should be following, as well as 8 more of them a couple of weeks later. I continue to discover even more wonderful food bloggers based here in the UK, and it seems a shame to keep them to myself. So, if you’re looking for more foodie inspiration on the regular then these lovelies should be your first stop. 

Candids by Jo 

Whilst Jo describes this as a lifestyle blog, there’s a strong foodie bent so I think she won’t mind appearing on this list. Originally a Bostonian, Jo crossed the pond for love and now resides in London, with frequent travels around the world. You really should be following this blog for the stunning food photography more than anything else – it’s truly a beautiful blog (and her Instagram is also worth a follow). 

Sprunting

Written by the delightful Catherine, Sprunting is a blog that celebrates the little things in life and has lots of lovely recipes that I’m always bookmarking for later. You may have spotted her on Humble Pie earlier in the year, too. This is definitely a happy-making blog to follow! 

Little Paper Swans

I love the style of this blog. The photos are simple and bright, and always bring a smile to my face. Written by Cathryn, you’ll be treated to simple, delicious recipes on this blog as well as a few little updates on her sweet new baby, Edith. 

Cous Cous Bang

Male food bloggers are rather thin on the ground as far as I can see. Guys who love food, where you at? Luckily Thom is representing and he won Guild of Food Writers Blog of the Year for his sterling efforts. I love the punchy style of his photography and the no-holds barred reviews. People of Leeds, you’ll be particularly interested in his cheat sheets for where to eat in the city

Emily’s Recipes & Reviews 

Emily is the queen of macarons. She has so many wonderful recipes for them on her blog, as well as a beautiful illustrated guide to help the slightly daunted (me) master these sweet little confections. That alone is worth following along for, but that’s not all this blog is about. As suggested by the title, you’ll also find lots of other recipes on this blog as well as reviews for places to eat and drink, mostly centred around the Midlands. A lovely blog, for sure.

A Life of Geekery

If you’re after a little bit of education with your food blog, then this is the one for you. Vicki, self-described geek, adds so many little interesting tidbits into her posts alongside pretty photos and mouth-watering recipes. She’s also doing up her kitchen at the moment, and I’m excited to see the final product! 

Sophie Loves Food

Sophie calls herself a blogger, baker and burger enthusiast – which I think gives you a little taste of her blog. I’m also always a fan of fellow alliteration enthusiasts! This blog is full of sweet bakes – I recently made this pumpkin bundt cake with cream cheese frosting and it was excellent! 

Victoria Sponge Pease Pudding

Yet more baking goodness from a wonderfully named blog! This is a stylish blog with some wonderful recipes for you to discover if you have sweet tooth, including these rosemary brown butter dark chocolate cookies with sea salt. I don’t think I need to say any more, do I? 

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8 More British Food Blogs to Follow

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After I shared my 8 British Food Bloggers to Follow last month, I stumbled across/thought of so many more that I wanted to share with you. It’s so exciting to see so many UK bloggers creating such beautiful photos and recipes – I’m taking a lot of inspiration from these wonderful blogs and I hope you will, too! 

Domestic Gothess

Oh gosh, this blog has such beautiful photos. I love how evocative Hannah’s images are – they seem to capture the dish perfectly and always make me want to rush out and make the recipe straight away. You’ll find a mix of different recipes on this blog, but it’s the sweet treats that will make you stop in your tracks. She’s got a lovely recipe index to explore, so I suggest you get stuck in! 

Patisserie Makes Perfect

Now, patisserie is something I usually stay away from in the kitchen (although in a bakery it’s a different story altogether…). I’m not one for finickety things – I haven’t got the skill or patience, but Angela’s blog makes me want to give it a try. There’s some seriously delicious stuff to be found on this blog – check out these Salted Caramel Praline Macarons for starters – and the fact that Angela is a mostly self-taught cook makes me think that maybe it wouldn’t be such a disaster if I gave it a go… 

Figs & Pigs

This blog is a new discovery of mine, but Rebecca and Jamie have already got me drooling over their delicious creations. Because it’s new to me, I assumed that it was new to the Internet as well, but their recipe listings suggest otherwise, with lots of good-looking things to try out. Discovering Figs & Pigs is a lesson to me to keep my eyes open! 

The Bearded Bakery

Michael is more than holding his own as a man in a rather female-dominated list (and blogging niche – where the food blogging boys at?). As well as sharing his tasty-looking bakes, he shares tales of his travels around the UK and beyond and a regular playlist to help you discover some new tunes. An all round gem of a blog! 

Amuse Your Bouche

I can’t resist a good pun, and this blog is no exception. Becca sums up her blog as ‘simple vegetarian recipes’, which is exactly what you’ll find here. This blog feels very inviting and cosy, and the recipes might even tempt my carnivore husband to risk going meat-less every now and again. Could I ask for more? 

Essbeevee

Written by Sarah, this is more of a lifestyle blog with a foodie bent but it’s definitely one to keep on your radar for a bit of yumminess every now and again. Sarah cooks up the kind of food you’d love to come home to every night, as well as some more slimming-friendly recipes that don’t feel depressing (there’s cheese!). Just lovely. 

Wilde Orchard

Debs is a trained chef who has worked in Michelen starred restaurants and it really shows – her food looks absolutely beautiful! As well as being complete food porn, you’re bound to learn something from this blog as there are some great little how-tos. I was completely won over by her latest recipe, Roasted Pumpkin Ravioli, and I’m eager to see more from this gorgeous blog! 

London Bakes

I can’t get enough of the sweet stuff, and there’s certainly a lot to be found on Kathryn’s blog. The sidebar promises ‘sweet and lovely’, and that’s what you’ll find on London Bakes. A lot of the recipes are gluten-free, but without a lot of the faff that you often see with gluten-free foods – so this blog is a great place to start if that’s something that’s important to you, or if you fancy trying out something a bit different. 

Who are your favourite UK food blogs?

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8 British Food Bloggers You Should Be Following

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For a long time the food bloggers I followed tended to hail from across the pond. There are some really fantastic American food bloggers, and they are so easy to stumble across on the Internet. However, over the past couple of months I’ve made an effort to seek out more UK-based food bloggers and, let me tell you, there are some truly awesome ones. Not everyone on this list is British by birth, but, as far as I know, they’re residing here for the foreseeable future. All hail British food bloggers!

Top with Cinnamon 

Izy is a bit of a superstar in the food blogging world, with her first cookbook ‘Top With Cinnamon’ storming across the Internet (and rightly so). Chances are you’ve already heard of her, but if not then make it your mission today to go and read some of her archives. Her photography and styling is so beautiful it makes my heart hurt, and every recipe I’ve tried of hers has been totally delicious. Her Instagram is a sight to behold. So yeah, I’m a fan.

Supergolden Bakes

Can we all just take a moment to admire the photography on this blog? It is truly gorgeous. I love the variety of recipes on this blog – everything Lucy posts I want to go out immediately and make! The cocktails, in particular, are stunning. I wish I’d discovered this blog earlier, as I’m sure I’ve missed out on plenty in the archives, which are extensive. A total winner! 

The Little Library Café

I love this blog. I wish I had thought of it first, although I’m sure I couldn’t have done it so beautifully. Kate cooks the food from her favourite books, combining literature and food in a simple and oh-so-sweet way. Her photography is beautifully minimalist, which makes the whole thing that bit more wonderful. I want to climb headfirst into this blog and nest there throughout the winter. I narrowly missed out on going to Kate’s Harry Potter pop up dinner in London a couple of months back (yep, food from the Harry Potter books. With tables named after Hogwarts houses) so now I just need to somehow persuade her to bring that gloriousness to Leeds… 

Rachel Phipps

I think Rachel’s was the first food blog I ever followed and it’s still one that I click over to time and again, whether to read new posts or look up recipe ideas. Rachel combines accessible recipes that make you want to get into the kitchen with reviews of restaurants across London and Kent. I trust her recommendations for anything foodie, and her foodie travels in Los Angeles over the past couple of years have inspired me to plan a trip there next year! 

Cate in the Kitchen 

I’ve really been enjoying Cate’s #bakeoffbakealong posts, which is what caught my eye and turned me on to this blog in the first place. In between sharing her baking adventures, Cate also posts mostly-vegetarian recipes, many of which I’ve bookmarked for making at a later date. An all-round yummy blog! 

Flora Shedden 

You’ll probably recognise Flora from this year’s stellar Great British Bake Off line up, but did you know that she has a blog, too? With simple photography and food styling, and perfect flavour combinations, this blog is genuinely a delight. I’m not sure how I didn’t stumble across it before! Am I jealous? Only a little bit… 

The Little Loaf

If you’re looking for a nostalgic baking blog which will have you running straight for the kitchen, apron in hand, then this blog is definitely the one for you. Kate’s baking feels old-fashioned in the very best sort of way, comforting and familiar with a touch of something new every now and again to keep you excited. As an added bonus, her cookbook is one of the most beautiful I have ever cooked from and I want to bake everything in it. 

Whip Until Fluffy

Lil hasn’t blogged for a while, but I live in hope that she will revive her blog and provide us with some more of her gorgeous recipes, which simultaneously manage to be down-to-earth and exciting at the same time. Her blog is one of my all-time favourites, and I love her writing. I have made her Goats Cheese and Chorizo Scones many times, and they always get an excellent reception. I know you’ve got a lot going on right now Lil, so no pressure 😉 

I’m sure there are plenty of amazing blogs that I have missed off my list, so please do share your favourites in the comments below so I can discover even more British food blogs! 

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Great British Blogger Bake Off Announcement

So, without further ado – my Great British Blogger Bake off comes to a close. There were significantly less innuendos than the real deal, but lots of delicious bakes!

I was totally obsessing over Danielle’s Rosemary & Balsamic Strawberry Scones, which sound right up my street and I am definitely giving them a go! Char’s inspired me to look at other stand mixers other than my beloved KitchenAid – and her coffee/chocolate combo is drool-worthy. You all know how I love a brownie and I love a Raspberry & White Chocolate Cheesecake Brownie even more. Paul’s Pear & Ginger Upside Down Cake looks sophisticated and grown-up as well as yummy.

But the star baker is… Peaches & Green! Whilst usually I love me some gluten, Laura’s Banana Coconut Cream Pie with Macadamia Nut Crust looks totally delicious and her post is laugh-out-loud funny. So congratulations Laura!

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Happy Baking everyone 🙂 

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Great British Blogger Bake Off

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Ready, set, bake! 

If you caught last week’s post then you’ll know that I’m having a friendly little competition to celebrate the new series of the Great British Bake Off! I hope you’ve all been busy sifting, folding and icing because here it is!

To be in the running to win a Great British Bake Off cookbook of your choice, just add your link at the bottom of this post. All the information and rules can be found here, although mostly it’s just that there are no rules! You can add whatever you like to the mix, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a pro or a newbie baker. It’s all jolly good fun. The link-up will be open until midnight on Friday to give you a little bit extra time and I’ll be announcing the winner on Monday!

It would be great if you checked out your fellow contestants work and spread the baking love. If you want to tweet then I’ll be using the hashtag #GBBBO so I can keep track of everyone and make sure that I get to drool at all of your delicious bakes! Good luck!

UPDATE: I’ve now extended the entry deadline to midnight on Sunday and I’ll be announcing the winner on Tuesday! Happy Baking!

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Great British Blogger Bake Off

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I can’t be the only one that has full blown Great British Bake Off fever? It’s just over a week until it’s back on our telly boxes in all its innuendo-laden glory. So, in honour of this glorious televisual event, I’d like to organise a little Great British Blogger Bake Off. Or a big Great British Blogger Bake Off, depending on how many of you want to break out your pinnies.

Want to be involved? Here’s what you need to do:

  • Whip up your very own Show-stopping Signature Bake.
  • Post a blog post between Wednesday 6th & Friday 8th August
  • Come back here and post your link on my #GBBBO (careful with the number of Bs!) blogpost so I can perv at all the baked goods.
  • Check out the competitions and leave nice comments. Drool a little.
  • Scoff your creation.
  • Watch your email carefully to find out if you’ve won!

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I will judge your lovely cakes over the weekend and select one to win the Great British Bake Off cookbook of your choosing! (I have How to Bake: The Perfect Victoria Sponge and other Baking Secrets, and I would recommend it!). Plus, you’ll win the glory of being a Star Baker and get to boast to all your friends, which is the real prize in my eyes.

Whilst I love the Internet, it does have one major downfall in that I will not be able to taste the cakes. So the judging criteria will be as follows:

  • Creativity/Originality
  • Presentation
  • Clear Instructions for Recreating Your Masterpiece

As in all things, the judge’s decision is final (although I can be bribed with brownies…) and, I’ll admit, kind of subjective. I can be swayed as equally by pretty pictures as pretty prose. There are no rules for what you have to bake – it can be sweet or savoury, biscuits or bread. Just watch those soggy bottoms…

If you have any questions, drop me a line at hello@amyliz.co.uk or on Twitter @amy__liz and we’ll talk baking!

Ready, set, bake! 

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Sticky9 Instagram Magnet Giveaway

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The houses of my parents and my grandparents are filled with photos – of kids, grandkids, friends, holidays, big events and small. Despite taking more photos than ever, my house is severely lacking in said photos – the documentation of life that lifts a house into a home. Although my phone and my hard-drive are absolutely bursting at the seams with photos, there are very few on my walls and shelves. I want to make a concerted effort to turn more of these into tangible things – albums, frames and prints. I love looking through the boxes of photos in my parents and grandparents’ houses and I want my children to be able to do the same.

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So it was fortuitous that Sticky9 got in touch and asked me whether I would like to turn some of my Instagram photos into magnets. These little magnets are so fun – and it takes no time at all to order them. You just plug in your Instagram account, select the photos you want (that’s the hard part!) and off you go! Mine arrived within a couple of days and were up on the fridge in a flash.

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When you live in rental accommodation, it can be hard to personalise the place. We’re very lucky that our landlord is super nice – we can paint and hang pictures to our heart’s content as long as it’s all put back in place when we leave. The carpets are a point of contention (so brown, so gross) but otherwise we can do what we like. If you’re not so lucky, a few fun fridge magnets can make your place a little more homely – and these are great. A pack of 9 magnets costs just £9.99 – but you can get your hands on one for free by entering the giveaway below!

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Good luck! 

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Let’s Go To Blognix!

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So, do you guys remember when I went to Blognix last year? Good memory, if you do! It was totally rad, I learnt loads of fun stuff, made some new bloggy friends and came away totally inspired to make this blog better. A lot of which got waylaid due to a certain dissertation and a subsequent lack of time…

BUT (and it’s a big but) Blognix is back for a second round! I’m going to help out this year, and I’m so looking forward to coming home with a notebook full of ideas and knowledge, a pocket full of business cards and a belly full of cake (I’m stepping up my game for the Blognix Bake Off this year…). I’ve already got itchy feet to improve this blog, so this is an absolutely perfect opportunity.

tree of hope The line up looks absolutely brilliant; there are talks and workshops on branding, podcasting, photography, accounting, monetising (to name a few) so I’m pretty sure my brain will be stuffed full by the end of the day!

I’m not going to say that blogging is a niche hobby, because I don’t believe that it is anymore. Whilst a few years back it was certainly something that people looked at with a bit of a side-eye, nowadays the most popular bloggers are basically celebrities and everyone has a favourite blog to read. That being said, almost none of my ‘real life’ friends are bloggers, and like with every hobby it’s always fun to get together with people who share your passion and understand your triumphs and frustrations.

So, do you want to come with me? If it’s your first time coming to a blogging event, Blognix is absolutely perfect! It’s honestly a super friendly space, and everyone understands that it’s kind of daunting turning up somewhere that you know almost no one! If you’re tempted, do come along and we can chat blogging. It’ll be awesome, I promise!

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Launching People

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In my moments of madness, I sometimes dream of working with food. Owning a restaurant, perhaps, or a street food van. Running a full-time supper club or a little bakery that specialises in the best brownies around. I love food, so it’s only natural that my daydreams are full of it. But, although I love this little food blog, these are daydreams rather than lofty goals borne from great ideas and unceasing passion. My foodie dreams may be idle and full of whimsy, but if you have an idea for a foodie venture that you really want to make into a reality, then this may be the blog post for you.

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Launching People are looking for people with original ideas, who like to create and collaborate, and who have the energy and chutzpah to make those ideas a reality. They have four talented mentors in film, food, music and photography just waiting to help you make your dream into a reality. Pop-up chef and Sunday Times food writer Gizzi Erskine will be mentoring the foodies, with Idris Elba mentoring the film category, Paloma Faith mentoring the music category and Rankin mentoring the photographers. Each winner will spend 2-3 works together with their mentors working on their personal projects, with the help of the latest Samsung technology to create a grand launch event and make those dreams come true. All of which will be showcased on a Sky TV show later in the year.

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“I want to see someone that has a serious passion for the industry – I want to understand their passion and be able to see and feel it. I want to show that you don’t have to be conventional to be successful. I’m looking for someone who’s happy to break the rules – and maybe teach me a thing or two along the way. The simple ideas can be the best. But a simple idea with a bit of glitter on it is far more exciting.” – Gizzi Erkskine

Sound good?

To apply you need to make a 2-minute video all about you and your dream. You need to show off your passion, your personality and your project idea – so make it a good one! You can find out all the details at LaunchingPeople.co.uk

Be sure to remember me when you’re famous, okay?

[This post is in association with Samsung and Launching People] 

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5 Blogs You Need to Be Reading in 2014

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I’ve long been an advocate of blogs. I think I first started reading blogs about 10 years ago and since then the landscape of the blogosphere has changed completely. No one could have predicted how it has exploded – blogs are now a viable form of alternative media and there’s one on (pretty much) every topic.

These are blogs that you need to be reading. Not because they have the prettiest pictures or the best recommendations for Mexican food in NW1 but because these are stories not often told, voices not often heard. They will make you a better person and expand your worldview (or at least, they did for me). This is my favourite thing about blogging, and I couldn’t keep it to myself…

A Girl Called Jack 

Jack’s blog has charted her journey as a single mother on benefits in a world which very much disapproves of that. Ultimately, this is a food blog; she shares nutritious, delicious recipes which cost pennies – an essential when on such a budget. But, it’s not just that. She’s also told the story of poverty – of going hungry, of having to keep the heating and lights off in the house due to a missed benefits payment, of selling everything you possess to stay alive. Reading her bio, I found out that Jack is only 25. That’s amazing to me, as I’m turning 24 in less than a month and don’t feel half as wise or as brave as Jack. Nowadays, she is a journalist, author and a charity campaigner. Most recently she has petitioned for a debate about food banks in the House of Commons (which sadly turned into a horrible farce). Definitely a must-read.

Fiending for Hope

Britni is probably the person responsible for my feminism. Or, at the very least, helped to shape it. I was reading her blog when I was a baby feminist, just trying to find out what I thought about the world. I have had a soft spot for her ever since.

In the time that I have known her (digitally speaking), she has gone from Florida party girl to sober Bostonian with a baby on the way (or thereabouts). Her blog talks frankly about feminism, sexual assault, street harassment (she also works on the Boston Hollaback! team), drug addiction and pregnancy. She is totally open and honest, and despite the perhaps depressing topics, it is refreshing to read.

One More Mum’s Blog

This blog is truly heartbreaking but it’s a story that needs to be told. One More Mum tells the story of her family as they try to navigate her daughter’s anorexia. This is certainly not your average mummy blog, that’s for sure. It’s honest, raw and shows a side of eating disorders that doesn’t often see the light. It’s heart-wrenching to read – I have cried for them more than once and wished that there was more that I could do than send good thoughts – but reading this blog has really opened my eyes and certainly puts my own problems, small as they are, into sharp relief. This isn’t a flashy blog with fancy photos, mouth-watering recipes or top beauty buys but it is one that should make its way into your feed reader.

Eat the Damn Cake 

I have been a long time advocate of Kate’s work, so you may have heard me recommend her blog before. The main focus of the blog is body image and Kate explores her own issues with her body with a truly open heart. Although the topic of the blog is not always a happy one, there is something joyful about this blog and it’s made me stop and think on more than one occasion about how I’m perceiving myself and others. As well as body image, she talks about work, ambition, love, friendship and motherhood. She also happens to be one of the best writers on the Internet, in my humble opinion. I can tell which blogs I really like by the ones which linger in my Feedly unread; I save Kate’s blog posts until I can give them my full attention rather than flicking through them on my lunch break or on the bus to work. They are thoughtful and wonderful – I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Captain Awkward

I am addicted to the Captain Awkward blog. It may be the only blog (apart from Yes and Yes) that I could never stop reading. It’s an advice blog which truly gives the best advice. I have learnt so much from this blog, even though my own problems do not align exactly with the letter writers.

There is so much great advice held within its (virtual) walls about setting boundaries, self-care, communication and compassion which have given me life skills which I did not possess before. If everyone read this blog, I truly believe that the world would be a better place. This is the stuff they should be teaching in schools.

Although it may sound it, this is not a staid blog either – it’s witty, warm and has a wonderful community surrounding it that means you can stray into the comments section without fearing for your life (a rare find in the Internet world these days).

For real, this blog will change your life. Trust me.

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