Mum of two, Diana Gale, shares her recipes at The Domestic Goddess Wannabe. She’s also much sought after cooking instructor and published her first cookbook in March 2018. Learn more about her in this interview with Young Parents.
When did you start cooking and blogging?
I started cooking when I was about 10. My first dish was instant noodles with an egg. I made it 30 years ago, but I can still remember how good my bowl of noodles tasted!
The blog started in 2012, but I began blogging seriously only in May 2013. I was always cooking and baking for family and friends and they were, in turn, always asking me for recipes. One of my friends encouraged me to start a blog for my recipes because they are mostly very easy for the novice cook or baker to follow.
What’s the story behind your blog’s name?
I greatly admire Nigella Lawson. It was her book, How to be a Domestic Goddess, that encouraged me to bake more regularly. WhenI was thinking up a blog name,I thought it would be nice to emulate Nigella, who can cook as well as bake so brilliantly,and hence, The Domestic Goddess Wannabe was born.
My aim has always been to get more people to start cooking and baking. So when I started blogging more seriously, I decided that I was going to include step-by- step photographs of every recipe so people can see what the process is like and feel less intimidated and more confident to try the recipes.
What’s your favourite thing to cook?
It changes regularly. My current favourites are one-pot pasta meals. I also love making the impossibly easy mini pies. Not only are they very easy to put together – you-can use any ingredient you like – but they are also great for hiding tons of vegetables.
Kids eat them happily and they have no idea how much fibre they have just ingested. Aden is a picky eater and feeding him is a challenge, so I usually chop up and hide the bits he doesn’t like in his food.
Does your husband help with the cooking?
My husband, Max, is a fantastic cook. His lasagne is the best I have ever eaten. He also grills the steaks when we have a steak dinner.
For the most part, we’ve learnt not to meddle when the other is in the kitchen, but it’s a huge pet peeve of mine when he doesn’t put the pans or utensils back where I normally keep them!
You’ve worked with Philips and Tovolo, and clinched Best Cooking Blog in the Singapore Blog Awards 2014. Your thoughts on this success?
I’m grateful that people are reading my blog – it is nice to know that I am not talking to myself when I write a blog post! I didn’t write it expecting endorsements or sponsorships. I am grateful to my sponsors who believe in me enough to want to work with me, but even if I had none, I would still be blogging.
My first endorsement came quite early on after I started blogging. My reaction was more along the lines of: “Wow, they want to work with me?” The blog award was a bit of a flute; I never planned on joining competitions and submitted my blog only after some urging from a friend.
Any tips for busy working mums who want to cook more?
Start simple. There are many recipes that involve simple steps and few ingredients that work very well. Every recipe (even the most complicated) can be broken down into easy and manageable steps. The other thing is to be organised – make sure you have all the ingredients you need before you start cooking.
Diana was one of two instructors at Young Parents’ kids’ cooking boot camp with Bosch last year. Check out the action in this video here!
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