If you haven’t head of Ella Woodward, where have you been? Here’s the low-down: after being diagnosed with postural tachycardia syndrome, Ella underwent a complete lifestyle change and now focuses solely on eating and creating whole, plant-based foods. On Deliciously Ella she features incredibly healthy versions of typically unhealthy dishes. She has her own app, two bestselling cookbooks and a deli in Central London.
Irish-born Niamh Shields is a London-based food and travel blogger. She describes herself as a wanderer, and when she’s not wandering, she can be found in her kitchen or a restaurant or wine bar. Eat Like a Girl focuses on recipes, restaurant recommendations and food-based travel stories. Featuring plenty of gratuitous ‘food porn’ photos, Niamh’s posts are either her own recipes or those that she’s picked up on her travels.
Must try: kimchee quesadilla
Greedy Gourmet was established February 2007 and has ever since been dishing out recipe posts and photographs that make your mouth water. With a tagline reading ‘Always thinking of the next meal’, Michelle has certainly got us flicking through recipe after recipe and planning what we’re going to be cooking up next. If you’re in need of a little bit of food porn on your Insta feed, Greedy Gourmet is one to follow.
Must try: slow cooker Nutella fudge
This Slimming World recipe hub is a dream come true when it comes to sourcing new, flavoursome yet healthy meals. Pinch of Nom not only has a banging selection of recipes, but they also update you on foodie news. They offer recipes for all of those fast-food chains we love and plenty of veggie and vegan offerings, too.
Must try: firecraker chicken
Blogger Jeanne Horak-Druiff features food, photos and tales of faraway places on Cook Sister. She moved to London 18 years ago from South Africa and works in law alongside her blogging career. As a freelance recipe developer and writer, Jeanne has spoken at blogging conferences, covering topics from the legal aspects of blogging to recipe writing and editing. Jeanne feels that the story of what she eats is the story of her life and that food and travel are the two things that she has been in love with since childhood. Cook Sister derived its name from the South African dish koeksister, a deep-fried, syrup-dipped pastry.
Must try: tomato, pesto and thyme tarte tatin
Blogger Kate Doran was nicknamed ‘The Little Loaf’ when she was a child by her great aunt, who noticed her appetite for bread. But don’t worry; this isn’t just a blog on bread baking! There’s plenty of other carby goodness in the form of cakes, brownies and pies! Kate’s Insta feed is a mix of cakes, cookies and her cute kiddies; we feel a #FamilyGoals coming on!
Must try: peanut butter and jam cups
Jacqueline Meldrum calls herself ‘the Scottish vegetarian’, and Tinned Tomatoes features more than 500 vegetarian and vegan recipes. The name ‘Tinned Tomatoes’ is a reminder to Jacqueline that there’s more to vegetarian cooking than just that, as it used to be her staple ingredient when she first began creating recipes. The site has been going since 2007 and features bakes as well as savoury choices for vegetarians.
Must try: Oreo and caramel cheesecake
Blogger Sarah Trivuncic describes herself as a ‘cake coveter and homeware hoarder’, and her site Maison Cupcake specialises in food, life and travel. In 2009, Sarah started blogging about making cupcakes, writing recipes and taking photos. When she finished her project she realised that she didn’t want to stop blogging, so she just kept going. She specialises in all types of baking, not just cupcakes. She is the author of Bake Me I’m Yours… Sweet Bitesize Bakes (2012) and the 2012 winner of the Best Tasty Blog at BritMums’ Brilliance in Blogging Awards.
Must try: chocolate pumpkin mug cake
Set up in 2008 as an outlet for a group of people obsessed with all things edible, new and different, Foodstuff Finds specialises in ‘foodies, snackies and munchies’. It features new items in supermarkets and intriguing items from import shops. The blog was recommended by The Guardian in 2010 and grew from there. Nearly 2,000 items have been reviewed on the site so far, and with a new review added every day, it continues to grow.
Check out: crocodile burgers