I am a mother to three beautifully fascinating children. The wife to a gorgeous husband who doubles up as my rock. A sister in a brood of six. A daughter to devoted parents. An aunt to a pick and mix of nephews and nieces and a grand-daughter to a steely unshaken Nan. I am all of these people. These are the people who make me, break me and fix me.
I am Nadiya, I am 30 years old and I was born in Luton. I now live in Leeds, with my husband and three children. After a few years of constant pestering I finally applied for what was going to be the best experience of my life. Being the winner of the Great British Bake Off 2015, gave me a few things that will stay with me forever. I have learnt to believe in myself and push myself in a way I never knew I could. I have made lifelong friends and a lifelong desire to succeed.
I was raised in a family where desserts were something of a novelty. Having been raised in a culture where there was no concept of “something sweet after dinner”, I never had the pleasure of being formally introduced to baking or the oven. However in a family of amazing cooks, my parents both cooked and spent much of their time in the kitchen cooking, creating and experimenting. We, as youngsters were encouraged to learn alongside them and we were taught how to use knives and utensils properly. Our parents always encouraged us to “never be afraid in the kitchen”.
It was only when I was in secondary school I discovered my love of baking. This interest in baking went from keen to obsessed. Since then I have tried to reflect my parent’s mantra to “always be fearless in the kitchen.” I have been baking for ten years and cooking for a lot longer. As a first generation baker I aim to instil the same ethics into my children and hopefully have great cooks and with any luck a batch of second generation bakers.
Here I will share with you, some of my endeavours in the kitchen, from sweet to savoury to everything else in between. I will keep you posted…