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Natalie Tamara
Leeds, UK

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

I grew up cooking alongside my mum but the recipe I remember making for myself was a potato curry with homemade chapatis. Although it wasn't spicy as such, it definitely kick started my love of strong flavours (which later grew into my love of real spice!).

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

There's never quite enough cupboard space for all the ingredients and gadgets I have, but I do love my kitchen. It gets lots of lovely natural light but its crowning glory has to be a painted vintage French dresser I picked up last winter.

I don't have tonnes of counter space so I find the best way to stay organised is to wash up as I go along - it's not the most fun approach but it does mean there's more time to enjoy eating afterwards!

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

Experiment! Once you've successfully followed a few recipes, try taking what you've learnt and then swapping in different ingredients or seasoning. It's one of the best ways to become a more confident cook too - and even if it might fail once in a while, you'll start to learn why.

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

It would have to be all of my good friends who are spread out around the world - from East Asia, to the US and across Europe. I'd love to bring them all together and cook up a feast of vegan dishes from around the world.

I love sharing vegan versions of international dishes that people wouldn't expect to be meat-free!

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

Photography is probably my biggest hobby, I'm rarely without a camera of some kind. It seems to complement my other hobbies too; I love hiking and have a major case of the travel bug - both perfect opportunities to take photos.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

I read so many food blogs but a few of my favourites are The Friendly Fig, The Whole Ingredient, Elephantastic Vegan and Wrapped in Newspaper. They're all full of delicious meat-free food and run by some of the loveliest bloggers I know.

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