What is The Swirling Spoon?
This website, in its current iteration, is predominantly a sourdough baking blog. Here you’ll find a budding collection of recipes for sourdough bread and other sourdough resources. Bread baking is a new passion of mine, so I’m still working on a lot of the content! Prior to becoming obsessed with sourdough bread, I used to blog recipes for (mainly) vegetarian fare, comfort foods, sweet baking and desserts, so you’ll also find 100+ recipes for that sort of thing here too. I hope you find something you like! Psst – start with some of my favourites:
And who is the woman behind this amazing blog?
That would be me! I’m Hannah Whitfield. I live in a
tiny brick apartment rambling house in Brisbane Melbourne, Australia with my mountain-man-mathematician boyfriend fiance husband, Tony, henceforth known as Maths dude. He is pretty nerdy, helpful at eating leftover cookies, and lets 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: tending to and nurturing my sourdough starter (always in search of the perfect loaf), reading everything, planning the next travel adventure, vaguing out on Instagram, or making another coffee. At the moment, I am studying a Master of Speech Pathology full-time. I also have the pretty sweet job of typing court transcripts in my pyjamas, and 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.