Portrait of Jacob

I’ve always loved food and eating. Perhaps too much at times given how much weight I've gained and then lost over the years. Cooking and baking has fascinated me since I was a child; the delicious things you can make consisting of endless varieties of flavour combinations.

 

My passion for cooking really developed, along with an obsession for Nigella Lawson, when I was at Uni. It was there that I also fell in love with the baked goods by Ladurée thanks to the masterpiece that is Marie Antoinette. Having seen and sampled a fair few macarons and eclairs, I was determined to try my hand at mastering patisserie. Another film which really fed my interest in cooking and encouraged me to try challenging recipes and techniques was Julie & Julia. To me, Nigella and Julia are true goddesses of the kitchen.

 

I also discovered being in a kitchen was a good way for finding calm, relaxing, and clearing my head. It’s my mental escape and therapy.

 

Now as I said, I have enjoyed food too much at times. I’ve dieted, lost weight, and now keep it off.  It has taken me a while to discover that I can enjoy foods which we look at as ‘bad’ provided I’m not doing it all of the time. Eat enjoyably yet sensibly I say!

 

My recipes are foods that I love and eat. They are born from me challenging myself not to just follow recipes but to come up with my own and try new things. I bake and cook what appeals to me and makes my stomach rumble even looking at it. I hope my recipes have the same effect on you!

Jacob