Hello, welcome to Tin and Thyme. I’m Choclette, an award winning vegetarian and vegan whole food blogger, baker and recipe developer. My blog, Tin and Thyme, showcases simple home cooked food that’s full of flavour.
I admit to having a sweet tooth and I’m particularly keen on baking and chocolate. 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 simple recipe. I also get excited about experimenting with new 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.
Passionate Baker and Cook
I’ve 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.
Do you like flavoursome home cooked food you can get onto the table with the minimum of time and fuss? My aim when cooking is to make delicious and nutritious food. But with a caveat. I try to do it in the simplest and least fussy way possible. Drizzles of raspberry coulis on a massive white plate is just not my style, nor is mountains of washing up.
Chocolate Log Blog
If you love eating and / or cooking with chocolate, you’ve come to the right place. Like many people, I have to confess to a decided penchant for chocolate. It started off many years ago when, as a child, I would save up my pocket money until I had enough to buy a bar of “Old Jamaica”. It’s ended up with something a little more sophisticated – preferably organic and with a much higher cocoa content.
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 and delicious chocolate recipes here as Chocolate Log Blog is now incorporated into Tin and Thyme.
You can find a bit more about the move from Chocolate Log Blog to Tin and Thyme in this blog post, Delving Deeper.
In my experience, cooking with good quality ingredients is the key to making good food. I try to buy ingredients locally from small suppliers where I can and if they’re organic, so much the better. It’s a shame chocolate doesn’t grow in the UK!
I grew up in a whole foodie 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.
Connect With Me
Working with Brands
Recipe development is something I find particularly fascinating. So 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.