19 | A Chat With Regula Ysewijn
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This Tuesday, I'm delighted to be joined by the utterly charming Regula Ysewijn (aka Miss Foodwise) to discuss her marvellous cookbook, Pride and Pudding: The History of British Puddings. Jamie Oliver describes Regula's debut cookbook as a 'very tasty masterpiece,' and it is just that, although the book is as much a delight to read as it is to cook from. Regula's stunningly beautiful photographs, coupled with her fascinating writing on the history of British cuisine and the story behind each of the 80+ pudding recipes Regula shares, had me reading this marvellous book cover-to-cover.
Born and raised in Belgium, in this episode Regula describes how her love for Britain and British food first began; as well as how her food blog, Miss Foodwise, became popular with fans all over the world and led her to write her first cookbook. I was intrigued to learn more about Regula's research process in sourcing and adapting traditional recipes for modern day use, as well as what it's like to work with her husband (who drew the book's gorgeous illustrations) on a shared project.
Listen for a fascinating insight into the history of British food, particularly the evolution of pudding!
- 00:32 - Miranda introduces Regula Ysewijn.
- 01:27 - Regula describes her background growing up in Belgium, how she first started her blog and her early love for Britain and British food.
- 08:10 - How Regula came to have two books published in one year!
- 09:58 - Miranda questions Regula on her research process behind Pride and Pudding.
- 15:15 - What exactly constitutes a pudding, from sausages to Bakewell tarts.
- 14:48 - Regula shares her excitements and challenges in recreating and updating traditional recipes.
- 24:33 - Miranda asks Regula how she set about sourcing the beautiful ceramics photographed in the book.
- 26:32 - Regula describes what it's like to work with her husband on a joint creative project.
- 27:52 - What was especially surprising about the history of the British pudding.
- 29:30 - The lessons we can learn from preparing and cooking food in the past that are applicable to today's food culture, which is perhaps swinging too much towards fast, convenient meals.
- 31:38 - Regula's favourite London restaurants.
- 32:36 - Exciting news about what's next for Regula.
- Pride and Pudding by Regula Ysewijn.
- Belgian Cafe Culture by Regula Ysewijn.
- Regula's blog, Miss Foodwise.
- Burleigh Pottery.
- The history of the Bakewell Pudding (as well as Regula's recipe!).
- Follow Regula on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.
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Blessed be he that invented pudding.
- A Frenchman converted to the joys of pudding, as quoted by Regula in this episode.
Thank you so much for listening and being a part of Tea & Tattle podcast. As always, we love to hear your thoughts, so please let us know:
What did you like most about this episode? Are you a fan of pudding? Which is your favourite? Do you like the sound of Regula's book?
Be sure to tune in next Tuesday, when Sophie and I are discussing and comparing two books celebrating minimalism in the home: Marie Kondo's The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying and L'art de la Simplicité by Dominique Loreau.