Cooking Superstar

Clean, Cheat, Repeat

Cook along with Cathy from Clean, Cheat, Repeat


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

It's all thanks to a little YouTube group called SORTED Food. I became interested in making food, and baked occasionally. Then, I discovered the brand Organic Burst through the singer, Jenna McDougall, and became fascinated with eating wholesome and healthy. I became even more interested in food and decided to balance the unhealthy with the healthy, thus creating my blog, "Clean, Cheat, Repeat", which consists of a good combination of both. The first recipe I made was probably my mom's cheesecake.

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

My things take up about half of my family's kitchen. The size of my kitchen pretty decent, which I'm grateful for, as when baking multiple recipes at once, it can get quite messy and chaotic. I have a large cupboard dedicated to baking pans, kitchen scales, measuring cups, along with extracts and food colorings. I have a few shelves, which I use for flours (I have 10+ different types of flours at all times) and superfood powders. Then, I've got a counter full of nuts and seeds and a bunch of other stuff...Um, you know what? Just take a look at the photos.

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

Keep trying! Experience is so important in the kitchen, whether you're baking or cooking. Personally, I feel that baking is easier than cooking, but maybe that's just because I'm a baker. Cooking is an art, and baking is a science. Either way, as you bake/cook more, you will get a better grasp on how individual ingredients work as a contribution to the recipe as a whole. Thus, your resulting dish will reflect your food knowledge, and taste amaazinnggg. Also, every now and then, put away the cookbook or recipe, and do a little experimenting with food, or just use the non-recipe cookbook, "Ratio" by Michael Ruhlman.

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

I feel like I should say "Gordon Ramsay", but that'd be a little too terrifying, so I'd have to go with all my favorite bands. Simple Plan, All Time Low, Pierce the Veil, Of Mice and Men, Avenged Sevenfold, Blink-182, Tonight Alive etc. I wouldn't cook anything for them, because I'm a baker, but I'd probably bake them a Katherine Sabbath-inspired cake and make a bunch of little cupcakes or chocolate truffles or something.

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

I love craft-y stuff. Always have, always will. In Elementary School, I signed up for all the craft-y after school activities: knitting club, jewelry making club... Now, I love drawing and painting, I adore putting together puzzles, and I do loads of food photography. My other hobbies include playing the piano and violin, swimming, and petting my dog.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

I've subscribed to loads of them, so I just check my email a couple times a day and read updates on my favorite blogs. There are a few blogs that I particularly admire because they take such stunning photos, and those are Pastry Affair and Sweetapolita.

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Supernatural and Masterchef
Simple Plan, All Time Low, and a million others
London and the Hague
Big Hero 6
Cook Book
Ratio by Michael Ruhlman
Kitchen Gadget
My beloved Kenwood spatula