Sometimes you come across people who are truly, thrillingly impressive. It’s a great thing to happen in a kind of kick-yourself-in-the-butt way. And we all need to engage in a bit of that occasionally. London girl Izy Hossack, the chick behind the charming Top With Cinnamon blog, is just such a person. A full time, (self-confessed) geek of a student, Izy established her food blog when she was 15. She’s now 18 and has just been awarded the Editor’s Choice Award for Best Baking and Desserts Blog from Saveur magazine. To win one of those is amazing. To win one when you’re 18 is frankly, downright outrageous.
The lucky child of an American-Italian mother, you can imagine her childhood: cooking and food and eating and more cooking and more eating. She’s currently studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths, but have no fear for her food is made of much more dreamy, delightful, delicious things! You’ll find her interesting food liberated from tradition, free from the expected and all about flavour, flavour, flavour.
Keep an eye out for her first cook book which is due to hit the stands in Autumn. Just don’t eat for about three weeks before opening it up …
I’ve had a great time roaming around her blog to find some brilliant recipes to try at a campsite or to make ahead to enjoy on your next camping trip. I hope you like them. Let me know what you make! Here are my favourites:
Perfect lemon muffins, recipe here.
Wholewheat pesto, tomato + mozzarella rolls, recipe here.
Banana, walnut + oatmeal bars with salted caramel + chocolate, recipe here.
Apricot salsa quesadillas, recipe here.
Cumin spiked carrot + chickpea salad, recipe here.
No-knead sweet potato, pesto, red onion + zucchini BBQ pizza, recipe here.
And finally, a glorious rhubarb, grapefruit + thyme cocktail, recipe here.
Enjoy the weekend happy campers!
All beautiful photos by Izy Hassock from Top With Cinnamon, with many thanks.