Introduction

Introduction

By
Izy Hossack
Contains
0 recipes
Published by
Hardie Grant Books
ISBN
9781742707709
Photographer
Izy Hossack

I suppose that growing up in my household, with two food-loving parents, it was inevitable that cooking would become a major part of my life. Throughout my childhood I spent a large proportion of time in the kitchen at the countertop: starting out in a baby chair that clipped onto the counter, progressing to actually sitting on the counter, then standing on a little plastic stool so I could reach the counter. I’d help my mum bake, having the ever-important jobs of:

a) adding vanilla extract to batters (there was an incident with brownie batter once … I may have poured the entire bottle into it. My brother may have been a bit angry. But I was four, come on!)

b) the ‘quality control’ of freshly baked cookies.

There was always a way for me to get involved with cooking. Over the years, I learned the baking basics from my mum via her family recipe book, with lots of American, Italian and English recipes that had been passed down to her over the years. Overloaded with fresh produce from my dad’s allotment all year round, I also learned how to cook simply with the seasons.

However, it wasn’t until I was fifteen and finally discovered the wonderful world of food blogging that I really started to want to learn more about food. I couldn’t believe that there were free (FREE!) recipes out there, countless in number with gorgeous images and such witty, creative minds behind them. It didn’t take long for me to set up my own food blog, even though I had no clue whatsoever about what I was doing. I started out how most bloggers do: with an awkwardly designed, free website and the imminent pressure of naming it. After about a week of pondering, I decided on the URL and called my blog Top With Cinnamon, for two reasons, the first being that after giving my best friend a cinnamon-sugar topped blueberry muffin, she was equally enthused by and addicted to the topping as I was (the cinnamon-sugar crust remains my favourite part of any baked good). The second reason was that I love to top things with cinnamon – coffee, cookies (have you ever tried a snickerdoodle cookie? They’re awesome), muffins, scones. ALL GOOD. One thing I hadn’t figured out yet was that when you say ‘top with cinnamon’ quickly to someone, they usually assume you said ‘topped’. Most of the time, if people ask me what my blog is called and they repeat back to me, ‘Oh, Topped With Cinnamon?’ you’ll probably see me do a wide-eyed, exhaley nose-laugh with a smile and nod because Google will inevitably correct them later. Then I internally slow-clap myself for being so great at naming things. Anyway, after that whole naming fiasco, I borrowed the family camera – a nice, chunky point-and-shoot with an amazing five megapixel sensor (it was 2011 and my phone didn’t even have a camera on it) – and snuck around photographing food in awful lighting, probably with the camera flash on too.

It took about two weeks of this secret food photography for my mum to actually ask me if I had started a food blog, and for me to finally admit it. From then on, I couldn’t stop. I kept on baking, cooking and photographing, encouraged and inspired by the amazing online foodie community. I’ve not only learned even more about food and photography, but made friends and met numerous incredible people.

One invaluable lesson I’ve also learned from blogging is the need for balance. When you’re baking something (almost) every weekend, you’ve gotta find a way to justify the cake. Luckily, I’m not talking about just eating boring salads all through the week! It’s easy to enjoy nourishing meals when you make them at home with simple recipes and when you’re controlling the ingredients. This is essentially what you’ll find in the pages of this book – from the wholesome and hearty to the downright indulgent, these are the recipes I love and live by, and hope you will too.

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