A few weeks ago an email popped into my inbox inviting me to meet Nadiya Hussain at the Basingstoke Festival Place Eat Street food festival, and the stars aligned perfectly - our Wagon in the Woods adventure was the day before and 15 miles away (more on that another time), so I couldn't say no!
This year Eat Street, which is in it's 4th year, was hosted by Nadiya. There were lots of cooking demonstrations throughout the weekend, free food from Nandos and displays of all the home cooking things that can be purchased throughout Festival Place - I now have a wishlist as long as my arm!
I popped into the shopping centre to explore the Eat Street event, chat to Nadiya, and get an early copy of her new book, Nadiya's Kitchen, which launches on the 18th of June! (Spoiler, it's amazing, I'm going to try so much of it! Nadiya actually demonstrated three of these recipes on stage - they all looked so good!)
I also got a full interview via email, which you can read below!
1) Chronicles of Nadiya - what an awesome name! [Her new TV show] Which ideas didn't quite make the cut?
Let's just say when you have a name like that nothing else really cuts the mustard quite like it.
2) Where do you see yourself this time next year? What do you have planned?
I haven't really got any plans. Everything I'm doing now wasn't really a party of any grand plan either. At the moment I'm enjoying everything imp doing and everything I'm doing is so varied. So enjoying it is very important to me.
3) What would you say to your 16 year old self?
Don't listen to everything everyone says and set it in stone. As a teenager it's easy to listen to every word of every single person you interact with. I wish I hadn't listened to every word.
4) Red velvet or salted caramel?
5) Any secrets to fluffy cakes you can share?
I like the creaming method of making a cake. Where butter and sugar is creamed and then the other ingredients added. But the key is to not overbeat the mixture as this can make a dense cake rather than a fluffy one.
6) What's your favourite way to decorate a cake?
It varies but I love to every now and again use a new piping tip and see where my experimenting takes me.
7) Which of your recipes/creations are you most proud of?
I am proud of all my recipes. They are hard to develop and each one has a story. But one of my favourites is my mango and parsley pavalova and my grandmas cod and clementine curry.
8) What would you NEVER include in a bake?
I have experimented with lavender and I must say it’s not something I enjoy in desserts. I will change my mind I'm sure as I always do. Just need to use it differently.
9) What's the worst interview question you've ever been asked?
Is your husband really that good looking? Well of course he is!
10) Which element of Eat Street are you most excited about and why?
I'm looking forward to showcasing some of recipes and overall looking forward to the atmosphere. There's always a great buzz.
I had such a lovely day, and have left with lots of new cooking ideas! I really hope there's an Eat Street next year, and if there is, I definitely recommend you checking it out!
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