What is The Swirling Spoon? | A food blog for people who like to eat tasty food! Here you’ll find recipes for mostly vegetarian fare and comfort foods, with a generous side of baking and desserts. I am lucky to live in a part of the world where fresh produce of all kinds is abundant all year round, and I try to make the most of it. I have a penchant for peanut butter, and I always have flour on my clothes because I still haven’t bought myself a kitchen apron.
Who keeps this wonderful blog? | ME! I’m Hannah. I live in a tiny brick apartment in Brisbane, Australia with my mountain-man-mathematician
boyfriend fiance – Tony, henceforth known as Maths dude – and a pretty cool flatmate, Mark. They’re both pretty nerdy, helpful at eating leftover cookies, and let me make a total mess in the kitchen pretty much every day. Maths dude and I met at the local student pub in 2007 when I asked him to pour some of his beer into my empty wine glass, and we have been kicking around together ever since.
When I’m not blogging, you can find me: flogging off leftover baking to my neighbourhood friends, playing tennis or working out, doing Parkrun (erratically), reading everything, planning the next travel adventure, or making another coffee. At the moment, I have the pretty sweet job of typing court transcripts in my pyjamas, but I have previously worked in cafes, a bookshop, and teaching English to adults. I love learning languages, and I have a BA in French and Spanish and speak a little Portuguese (my favourite language).
I’m a half-Kiwi, half-British, weird hybrid Australian, and I’m convinced my soul belongs either on the remote, wild West Coast of South Island, NZ, or nestled somewhere in the Yorkshire Dales. With lots of dogs and chickens, of course.
Camera deets? Canon 550D + 50mm f1.8 lens + 17-55mm f2.8 lens
Blog deets? WordPress, Genesis Foodie Pro theme (+ various customisations and countless plugins)
Logo design? Reana McCourt
Favourite city? Lisbon
Favourite country? New Zealand
Favourite vegetable? Butternut pumpkin
Favourite food? Haloumi
Top bucket list destination? Iceland
Favourite book? In The Miso Soup, if I had to pick one
Favourite movie? Bridget Jones’ diary
Phobias? Spiders, heights
Pet hates? Other people’s eating noises, grumpy bus drivers, warm beer
Favourite alcoholic drink? Maths dude’s beer
Favourite non-alcoholic drink? Coffee