Hi, I’m Choclette, an award winning vegetarian wholefood blogger, writer and recipe developer. My blog, Tin and Thyme showcases home cooked food with a twist. I admit to having a sweet tooth and I’m particularly keen on chocolate and baking. That said, I like to think there is a nourishing element in all of my cooking. I cook with local, seasonal and foraged ingredients where possible and I love a well stocked larder. I also get excited about experimenting with novel ingredients and unusual combinations.
So why Tin and Thyme?
Tin is in my blood. I grew up in the old and neglected tin and copper mining area on the edge of Bodmin Moor. The house I was raised in was an old Kiddlywink, where the miners would stop off for a bit of a brew before heading home from the mines and I don’t mean tea. My mother lives there still. Wild thyme grows in many parts of Cornwall, but especially around the various engine house ruins scattered around my bit of moor.
You can find a bit more about me, if you so wish, in this post, The ABC of Me.
Passionate Baker and Cook
I have been passionate about cooking and baking ever since it was my duty to “clean out” my mother’s mixing bowl and lick the wooden spoon. As a small child, I proudly spooned the jam into the tarts – convinced that it was me that had produced these delicious treats. Later on as a teenager, I did all of the household cake and biscuit baking at home and some of the bread baking too. To earn extra pocket money, I occasionally worked in the local wholefood cafe where it was my job to make the bread rolls amongst other things. When I was at university I would fill up my mother’s freezer with goodies for her during the holidays so she had something to offer guests in my absence. I was the only student I knew who baked their own bread.
Chocolate Log Blog
I started Chocolate Log Blog back in Feb 2009 in an attempt to extend my repertoire of recipes and explore my passion for chocolate. It was an enjoyable journey and I learnt a lot. I had no idea that the world of chocolate cookery would turn out to be so vast. You will still find many interesting chocolate recipes here as Chocolate Log Blog is now incorporated into Tin and Thyme.
In my experience, cooking with good quality and preferably organic ingredients is the key to making good food. I buy ingredients locally from small suppliers where I can – it’s a shame chocolate doesn’t grow in the UK! I grew up in a wholefoody household so I’m used to the different properties of wholemeal baking. I want to continue and build on the tradition of delicious, wholesome and hearty food that I learnt from my mother.
Working with Brands
I find recipe development particularly fascinating and I enjoy working with brands to come up with exciting ways of using their products. I also accept sponsorship for products in keeping with my blog’s ethos. I review products relevant to my blog and relish the opportunity of trying unfamiliar ones. You can expect a fair and honest review from me. I also host giveaways for products and services I think my readers will enjoy.
Please don’t ask for dofollow links. If I’m working with a brand, all links are nofollow.
I welcome all feedback, contributions and comments and will always try and answer any questions.