Hello! I’m Nick – welcome to Baking Beardy!
My blogging tale starts in London – after living in Dublin for five years (followed by a year in Edinburgh), my then-boyfriend, now-fiance asked me to move to London to be with him. It was my first time living in a proper apartment with a tiny, but working and only slightly disgusting kitchen, and so I got back into the baking that I had loved as a teenager.
I’m a PhD student who also works in the charity sector, so baking became my way of relaxing at the end of a long and busy day. As an expat in London, there have definitely been days when I would trade anything for a bag of peanut butter chips – but that’s life, it is what it is, and frequent trips to see my family in the US helps. But the main reason I started the blog is because I love to bake and love to eat – I see Bakingbeardy as a conversation and I love to hear about what other people are eating, reading or baking!
These are the questions I get asked most often about my blogging.
How do you not weigh 20 stone when you bake so much?
I have a rule against getting high on my own supply – so that almost all of the food I bake gets given away, whether to friends, colleagues or to other people I know. This does mean that what I have saved in weight, I have paid out in postal fees, but I consider that a fairly decent trade!
Can you bake me something?
Yes! I absolutely bake by request for friends and family and I’m happy to discuss doing so for you. Just pop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can you review my cookbook or product?
One of the main reasons I got into blogging was so that I could share the products and recipes I love with other people – so similarly, I’m always happy to try products and offer my opinion. If interested, please email me at email@example.com.
What is a Beardy Boyfriend Weekly Building Bake?
Beardy Fiance works for a building company and once a week, meets with all of the site managers to discuss the projects they’re all working on. I provide a sweet treat for their meetings every week, which has led to specific recipes being made on the premise that they would be lovely with a nice cup of tea. Beardy Fiance is also Irish, and the distinction between the traditional Irish foods he loves and the American ones I grew up eating often causes confusion when dinnertime comes around.
Where do you get your American food?
America. Beardy mum has been sent on far too many trips to Walmart – she’s incredibly good to me! But when I’m in the US, I stock up on baking goods, or I ask friends or family to send stuff to me (love is willingness to hunt down carrot cake M&Ms!) In London, I frequently patronise Outsider Tart, the USA Food Store and Whole Foods.