Guest Post: Andrew in the Kitchen

You may remember that last month we took part in Andrew‘s new blog series called #fdbloggerfriends with the very simple but lovely idea of getting to know our fellow foodie bloggers. We’re carrying on that theme over here with a guest post from the man himself!

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I’m so pleased to be able to write a guest post for Jess & Josh Cook. I couldn’t have them write a post for #fdbloggerfriends without writing one for their blog!

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As you can probably tell from my blog name, my name is Andrew and I blog about lots of food topics that grind my gears as well as post recipes at least once a week. I have very recently just turned 18 so while most 18 year olds spend the summer partying and drinking, I’m spending it posting on my food blog. But obviously university beckons next year and if all goes to plan, I will be starting a maths degree at Nottingham. In the future, I would love a career in food but while the book deals and the Bake Off appearance aren’t looking promising, teaching is what I would love to do. I specialise in baking rather than cooking; I love the precision and idea that you can take very basic and cheap ingredients of flour, sugar, eggs and fat and combine them to make biscuits or a cake. But I am a very frugal cook; I believe you can make great meals on a budget. And I am one of those who eats food a month past its best before date because I can’t stand to see it thrown away in the packet!

Sugar Crusted Sultana Scones

I don’t particularly know why I started my blog; I thought it would be a fun thing to do when I started it over 3 years ago. There was a period of time where I left it for a while but it was when I did my GCSE coursework on The Great British Bake Off that I really started getting into it. I have always wanted a career in food – a cookbook in my own name, a slot on This Morning or Sunday Brunch cooking one of my recipes – so I guess this was my way of trying to get that job!

Did you know?

  1. I have worked in my parents’ Chinese takeaway since the age of about 10 or 11 – nowadays when I am not writing posts, on Twitter or watching TV, you can find me helping in the shop, frying rice, chow mein, cutting up the cucumber and spring onions for the crispy duck!
  2. I have been taking Zumba classes for around 4 years now – I haven’t done it for a while due to exams but I hope to get back to it soon
  3. I applied for Bake Off this year – but didn’t get any further than the application form
  4. I have baked 2 dessert buffets for 120 people as part of our school’s Charity Week
  5. At AS-Level, I did better in further maths than I did in maths…

I am definitely a baker so writing about baking is what I do often on my blog. But actually my favourite posts are the posts where I just write pretty freely about what I think about a food related issue – whether that’s ‘Should cooking be compulsory for secondary school students under 18’ or whether healthy eating is a food trend, I just love to write freely and openly about what I truly think with no inhibitions.

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I do passionately believe that all students in the education system should have compulsory cooking lessons; I left school knowing how to cook simply because I have been brought up in a food-driven environment but I also have many friends that struggle to cook and I know they wouldn’t be able to make healthy meals for themselves.

https://andrewinthekitchen.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/should-cooking-be-compulsory-for-all-secondary-school-students-up-to-18/

If there was one thing I had to eat for the rest of my life, it would have to be chicken nuggets. I know that sounds awfully strange for a food blogger but it’s so bad for me that it’s just why I love them so much. The only caveat is that I need a different sauce each time; honey mustard, salad cream, mayonnaise, McDonalds curry sauce, satay sauce. Just NOT ketchup.

Go and give Andrew a follow…

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If you’re interested in guest posting for Jess & Josh Cook, just drop us an email on jessandjoshcook@outlook.com – everyone’s welcome!

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  • I found your post via #TheGirlGang Facebook link share thread and I’m so glad I did! Lovely to meet Andrew and admire some delicious foody photos – this post made my mouth water! 😍 I’d certainly be the size of a small house now if I’d worked in a Chinese takeaway from age 10 hehe! I can’t resist crispy duck pancakes! I absolutely agree that students should have compulsory cooking lessons in schools as well, nutrition is so important to learn so that people can grow up making healthy choices!

    Abbey ✨ http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • Aw thank you! I’ve only just become admin of the group so I’m so pleased people are finding new blogs through it. I totally agree with Andrew and yourself, kids need to be taught about nutrition and how to cook from an early age! Thanks for commenting 🙂 Jess xx