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Melanie McDonald
Victoria, Canada
Food Writer, Recipe Creator & Photographer

When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?

I have always loved cooking and remember insisting on cooking the dinner for my family most nights while I was at school.
The first recipe I ever tried was a Victoria Sponge Cake from one of my Mum's cookbooks.

What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?

My kitchen is terrible and I hate it. It is really badly designed but was here when we moved in and it isn't in bad condition so I will have to put up with it for a while!
As for staying organized? I don't. I am the messiest cook ever! By the time I have finished creating a recipe my kitchen looks like a tornado has blasted through it.

What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?

Start simple and follow recipes exactly until you get a feel for what works and what doesn't. If you practice enough cooking will become second nature!

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?

Russell Brand, Julie Walters, Miranda Heart, Graham Norton and Alan Carr because they are all hilarious, Will Smith and Hugh Jackman because I am ever so slightly infatuated with them both, Brian Cox because he's so clever and interesting, Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters and Gary Lightbody from Snow Patrol. Also my family and friends in England who I very rarely get to see.
And what would I cook? Probably my Portobello Pot Roast with crispy roast potatoes and lots of fresh veggies, followed by my Baked Banana Puddings with Rum Caramel.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I love to photograph wildlife, read, watch movies, hike and travel.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

My favourite blogs are Vegan Richa, This Rawsome Vegan Life, Connoiseurus Veg, Discover Delicious, Fork and Beans and Blissful Basil.

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
This Is Us
Snow Patrol
Dirty Dancing
Cook Book
Thug Kitchen Eat Like You Give A F*ck
Italian & Middle Eastern
Spelt Flour, Maple Syrup, Cashew Nuts, Nutritional Yeast & Tamari
Kitchen Gadget
Blendtec Blender