Kate Webster has grown quite the following with her healthy approach to baking at her blog, The Little Loaf. Based in West London, Kate enjoys finding healthier alternatives to otherwise heavy treats like cakes, muffins and breads, and shares a thoughtful story with each recipe she creates. It’s clear there’s equal parts sugar, equal parts love that go into The Little Loaf.
We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Kate about her blog and her healthful approach to food and life. Here’s what she had to say.
Why did you start your food blog?
Nicknamed at the age of two by a great aunt who noticed my appetite for bread was bigger than I was, I’ve always loved baking. Commercial bread can be so disappointing (not to mention unhealthy) so in 2010 I decided to start baking all my own from scratch. My boyfriend (now fiancé) convinced me to start a blog to document my progress, and the little loaf blog evolved from there.
How would you describe your approach to eating/health?
As Julia Child says, everything in moderation, including moderation. At first glance my blog has a high proportion of recipes involving bread, butter, flour and sugar but there is an underlying ethos of natural, wholesome food. I enjoy the occasional treat, but this is balanced by an everyday diet rich in whole grains, vegetables and lean protein. If I’m going to indulge, I think it’s important to know exactly what each ingredient is and where it comes from.
Have you always had an interest in healthy food or did it come later in life?
Growing up, ours was the household where trick or treaters were awarded packets of raisins rather than sweets and my mum always instilled a healthy eating ethic in my brother and I. Being vegetarian for most of my teenage years, I learned the importance of balancing nutrients but it wasn’t until my early twenties that I truly fell in love with food from a lifestyle point of view.
What is your favorite (or a few of your favorite) food/ingredient to use in the kitchen?
When it comes to baking, I’m a big fan of wholemeal flour, yellow-yolked eggs, good quality dark chocolate and nuts. For general cooking, olive oil, garlic, lemon, dried pulses and herbs are all must-haves.
Has blogging changed the way you view food and cooking?
Blogging has introduced me to an inspirational food community: I love that I can (for example) get geeky about flour ratios with fellow food lovers online. It has also made me think more carefully about measurements, presentation and photography – people are actually reading and making these recipes and I want them to love and savor them as much as I do.
Favorite recipe to date?
So hard to choose, but for pure, unadulterated deliciousness, it would have to be this Pistachio and Lemon Loaf Cake.
What are three healthy recipes you’d like to share with our readers?
Kate is the 13th in a series of spotlights on healthy food bloggers. Be sure to check back next Sunday to meet another healthy food blogger in our midst.
May 5th, 2013