In this post I thought I’d share one of my early cooking inspirations – Alida Ryder’s Simply Delicious blog.
I first encountered Simply Delicious in 2012 when I moved out of home and was desperate to make not only edible but delicious meals. It was probably one of the first food blogs I’d ever come across and I identified with Alida’s desire not only to cook delicious food for others, but also food that she enjoyed eating. My greatest motivation to cook is not for cooking’s sake, but in order to eat meals which I enjoy.
Over the years I have found much inspiration in Alida’s recipes. I think the reason why I love the blog so much is her unintimidating style of cooking and the familial tone and sense of humour which come through in the prose of each post. Never once have I been daunted by her recipes. She creates the quiet confidence in her readers that they can perfectly reproduce any of her dishes. The result is meals which are fuss-free and serious crowd pleasers!
Over the years I have made a number of her dishes. Some of my favourites have included her creamy dijon chicken and baked gnocchi. She also has to be given the credit for introducing me to one of my favourite recipes, Nigel Slater’s Coq au Riesling.
Most recently I baked Alida’s healthy chocolate chip, banana and oat muffins. They turned out really well and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who realises these are gluten free with no added sugar. I have been taking them to work all week and found they are a great afternoon snack when you are craving something sweet, helping to avoid the inevitable walk over to the chocolates and sweets.
I’d definitely recommend trying these out, especially since they took me less than half an hour to make from start to finish.