Welcome to Your Sunny Side Up. Or, as I like to call it, Yup. I’m Nazia – you can find out more about me by clicking here.
I’ve been blogging for a few years now, stretching myself between three different sites, eager to share different parts of my life. Yup was born in September 2014 out of a desire to connect all those scattered dots and give myself a proper home on the web. Come on in, it’s cosy in here. If you’d like to learn more about the transition, click here.
I’m told it’s good to have some kind of mission statement. What is the purpose of Yup? Well, you may notice there’s a lot of food. And, yes, primarily this is a food blog. But my desire isn’t to expand your waistline (although you may experience that as a side effect), but to make you happy. I hope to share what I love and serve you all not just food, but stories, photographs, conversation, lots of inspiration and even a laugh, or two. Yeah, there’s a lot going on! If my blog was a song it would be Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles – warm, hopeful and happy. Yup was born out of a place of comfort for myself, but I hope you feel that too when you drop by for a visit.
I have something of an obsession with hearing other peoples stories (Hi! Tell me yours!) and discovering what makes people tick. Or, maybe I’m just nosy. And I’ve discovered there are many different ways I could tell the stories of my own successes, and more interestingly my failures and the lessons I’ve learned. Life is hard sometimes – it knocks you down and it can get messy. Sunny Side Up is in reference to eggs – the food side of things – but, also in reference to my outlook in life. I’m (slowly) learning the secrets to my own happiness and am pretty big on supporting self love, acceptance of yourself and others, kindness, finding your voice and doing what you love. Yeah, it all sounds very lah-di-dah-dah, but I wasn’t always like that! I’m thankful for the transformation and want to help others discover how bad-ass and brilliant they are! If I don’t tell my story, then who will? And I want to do it all over a cup of coffee, and a slice of cake.
I first became interested in food during food tech classes at school. We were only allowed to do a six week rotation until we had to move onto woodshop or textiles. Bummer. I’m no good with a needle and thread, hand me a wooden spoon and stick of butter! I had also gone to a couple of week-long summer programmes as a teenager but they were all under the supervision of someone trained in baking/cooking and I’m guessing first aid and fire safety. They held our hands a lot through the course and in the end the dishes never really felt like my own. I ate pretty well during those weeks, though.
For years I would buy cookbooks but never use them – I enjoyed looking through them but never thought I could reproduce the results and so they would sit in storage boxes hidden under my bed. When I started university I really learned to appreciate the value of money, in that I had none, and decided to start a food blog (then called This Baker Girl Blogs) to put all that money I had spent to good use. It was one of the best decisions I’ve made. The initial idea was to document all the things I was learning as I worked from different cookbooks and attempted different recipes. I’ve documented a lot of food firsts (see below), and if you head to the archives and take a look at some of the older posts (so cringe) you’ll see that things didn’t always go according to plan! They sometimes still don’t – I am forever learning and I love that.
But, it’s over 2 years later and I have grown in confidence and have started experimenting with my own recipes. Yay! I have so much more to learn and am having the best time doing it, and I hope you’ll join me.
So, here’s to dreaming big, taking risks, always always trying, failing, learning, doing what you love, and enjoying life. I’m so glad you’re here and can’t wait to learn more about you, too. Let’s get chatty – leave me a comment somewhere, anywhere, I read them all, or shoot me an email, or find me on social media (facebook page, twitter, instagram, pinterest) and say ‘Hi!’. I’ll bring cake.
- The frist time I tried to swirl 2 different colours of frosting. Didn’t work. Haven’t tried it again.
- The first time I used fruit in a cupcake. Over 2 years later and it’s still one of the best cupcakes I’ve eaten.
- My first (unsuccessful) pie. So tragic.
- My first time decorating sugar cookies. I cringe at them now, but at the time I was pretty chuffed with myself.
- My first successful pie. Yay! For the recipe, click here.
- My first loaf cake. Easily my favourite recipe from The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook. For the recipe, click here.
- My first cookbook review. And the inital reason I had decided to start a food blog. I’ve come a long way since then!
- My first cake pops. I no longer make them with a cake pop machine – they turn out so much better by hand.
- My first ‘proper’ cake. Still can’t believe Mum forgot the butter with hers.
- The first time I decorated sugar cookies with sugarpaste. I want to do it again.
- My first savoury recipe on the blog. It was also the first time I had eaten leeks or goats cheese. Yeah, it was a big day for me.
- My first bundt cake. Also the moment when I realised peanut butter isn’t so bad if it’s paired with chocolate.
- My first swiss roll. With silly mistakes. For the recipe, click here.
- The first time I made pancakes. Erm, with a little help. Also the first time I cooked with and ate edible flowers. For the recipe, click here.
- The first time I baked with lavender. Ew. Also the first time I made biscotti. Yum. For the recipe, click here.
- My first chocolate samosa. And definitely not my last.
- My first time cooking and eating celery root. And no it’s not burnt. It’s just really well done.
- My first food bloggers event. So much fun!
- My first (successful) no-bake cheesecake. Third time’s a charm.
- The first pie I made all on my own.
- The first time I ate figs. And then climbed 5000 steps.
- The first time I made cake in a mug in my microwave.
- Considering my love for bread, it’s a surprise it took me so long to try bread and butter pudding.
- I’m a fan of natural sugars – so this first attempt at sugar-free blueberry pancakes hasn’t been my last
- Learning to cook my Mother’s spicy minced lamb
- Nana icecream has become a staple in my diet
- My first time using a spiralizer – raw pesto courgetti. Eating my veg is now a lot more fun.
- First time I made, and even ate, a clafoutis. The texture is slowly growing on me.
- My first curry (my Mother’s recipe). Also, (the first time) I got married.