My Favourite Blogs: Cate in the Kitchen

Today you have the chance to meet Cate, the foodie from Brighton whose experimental and wonderfully witty posts document her kitchen adventures, beautiful food photography and fantastic way of not taking life too seriously. Expect some seriously enviable recipes, many of which are vegetarian or vegan and occasional snapshots into life with her gorgeous border terrier, Molly. Many of her culinary concoctions are simple, delicious and budget friendly, and her recent Veganuary challenge has been both informative and hilarious (reviews of vegan cheese especially!) I knew I’d get on with Cate as we both shared a love of Baking in the #BakeOffBakeAlong over the summer and are equally addicted to Harry Potter- plus she introduced me to the wonder that is maple parsnips and fried egg! If you’re into food, or want to get better at cooking, Cate in the Kitchen is the one to follow!


1. How would you sum up your blog?

My blog is a place where I explore food. I’m only 20, so I’m nowhere near an expert on anything culinary yet, but Cate in the Kitchen is where I document my adventures in learning. As a reader, you can expect to find plenty of recipes (mostly but not strictly vegetarian), the occasional product review or foodie find and a life update here and there.

2. Describe your ultimate meal (starter, main and pud)?
This is so hard Alice, has anybody ever made you do this? I’m going to have to answer this question and pretend that you’ve asked me the three course meal I fancy right this second, because I just can’t cope with the enormity of choosing my ultimate meal. I don’t care much for starters, so I’d swap that for a huge cheese board at the end. For main, I’d got to the Porthmeor Beach Cafe in St.Ives to eat Moroccan Chicken, for the view as much as for the food. For dessert, I’d have somebody bring me one of those donuts from that place in London that everyone keeps bloody Instagramming, they look lovely. Then the aforementioned cheese. Please.
3. If you were a vegetable what would you be and why?
I’d be a potato because I’m versatile and ketchup is my spirit animal.
4. Name the book/s that has had most impact on your life?
This may sound ridiculously cliche for somebody of my generation, but I feel growing up with the Harry Potter books genuinely shaped my view on the world, my ability to empathise and my imagination and creativity. I can’t honestly tell you that another novel has had more of an impact on me since. Thanks JK.
5. Describe one of the best adventures you’ve ever been on?
Life. That’s the douchiest thing I’ve ever said but it’s true.
my-favourite-blogs-cate-in-the-kitchen-36. In a film about your life, what would three of the tracks on the soundtrack be and why?
Oh my god. OK, Edge of Seventeen by Stevie Nicks at the beginning or the end because it’s probably the song I’ve listened to most in my life so far. This is the Day by The The when I have some kind of epiphany of some kind, because no matter how shit you feel when you wake up in the morning, this song can give you a bit of genuine life optimism. All films need a sad bit, and The Scientist by Coldplay is my go-to cry song, so we might as well use that.
7. What’s your go-to interesting fact about yourself?
My real name is Arran.
8. If you could have a superpower what would it be and why?
  • could walk down the street without fat bald men shouting something gross at me
  • could steal the occasional chocolate bar just for the thrill of it
  • could sneak into the cinema
  • could avoid all future awkward bumping into people in the supermarket situations


9. Name three countries you haven’t been to yet on your travel bucket list?
I’m rubbish at this, because I’m yet to develop wanderlust. I’d like to see Ireland I suppose, I’d love to go to the USA if I ever overcome my terror at the idea of being on a plane for so long, and I’d like to go somewhere to see the Northern Lights. Not sure where that would be. Somewhere icy.
10. What would your patronus memory be? (if you haven’t read Harry Potter – it’s the moment in your life when you’ve felt happiest)
I would just imagine all the times I’ve ever eaten cheesecake all at once.
11. You’re currently embarking on life as a vegan – is this something you think that you could transition to permanently? Are there any foods you really miss?
This is something that I’m asking myself a lot during Veganuary, could I do this all the time? The answer for the most part is yeah, I probably could. Vegetables are delicious. I’m won’t go full frontal vegan after January, but I definitely think I’ll be having more vegan days. It just makes me feel better conscience-wise. I don’t miss cheese as much as I thought I would yet, but I am only two weeks in. The food I miss most is 100% eggs, they’re a huge part of my normal diet and just not replaceable at all at breakfast time.
12. What exciting things are you looking forward to in 2016?

2016 will be my first full year as a full time freelance copywriter and recipe developer, so I’m looking forward to continuing to develop in both of those areas. I’ve also got a really good feeling about the blog this year, everything seems to be coming up trumps.


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