Hello. My name is Fiona and this is my food blog, Big Hungry Gnomes. Welcome.
People often ask me why Big Hungry Gnomes? It comes from a nickname which my friend’s slightly illogical brain came up with. Fiona became Nonam, which became Gnomes, which later became Big Gnomes, which I decided, with the addition of Hungry, might make a good food blog name. It’s all very straight forward really.
People also quite often ask me who drew the gnomes you’ll see around the blog? Those are my handy work, however someone rather fantastic also made me a gnome based on the design for Christmas.
Only two years ago, I was miserably studying Architecture at University. During my final year, I finally couldn’t face struggling on with studying something which I didn’t care about so dropped out. Whilst stuck at home and trying to decide what to do next, I set up Big Hungry Gnomes as I have always loved cooking and fancied having something to work towards each week. Reading other people’s blog posts became a daily obsession and I found working on my own weekly post massively inspiring. Within a couple of months of setting up the blog, I took a sugar craft course, applied for an internship at a local bakery, started working there and haven’t really looked back since. I am now living the foodie dream and working full time as an artisan baker.
The hours, as you might expect, are long and my shifts generally start at 2am but being able to work with such a natural process, using just flour, water, salt and yeast or sourdough starter, where the weather on a certain day, who mixes the dough and how the bread is shaped by hand all affect the finished product, is fantastic. Every day is different and there is constant scope to improve the way things are done. There is always something new to learn and I absolutely love it. For more information on how bread should be made and where it available to buy, The Real Bread Campaign is a fantastic source.
I don’t have a massive amount of money to spend on food. I would rather spend a little more in order to buy things which are more ethically produced and using actual skill, rather than large scale industrial processes. Spending a little more on food also makes you value it a lot more, forcing you to make the most out of it and avoid food waste. Generally, I also don’t buy any meat, as quality meat isn’t really within my budget, so I am essentially vegetarian/vegan and try to buy local and seasonal fruit and veg. I look forward to my weekly trip down to the high street green grocers to buy from someone who really knows and understands their produce and to just chat to some people from my local community.
I still try and blog once a week, generally on what I cook at home or what I’m researching for the bakery and still scour other blogs daily for other peoples’ incites, knowledge and food stories. Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you enjoy my recipes. I love talking to other food obsessives so please feel free to comment on any of my posts or contact me through twitter @Biggnomes or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.