Meet Nicole

Welcome to my blog. I’m Nicole Thake; I am a wife, a mother, a step-mother and a complete grammar geek and obsessive list maker. I am also a devoted foodie with a passion for all things delicious. I was the author of a blog called Miss Friday’s Feast for nearly 6 years until December 2017. Due to losing all of my content and my site (it still pains me to say that), I decided to start this new blog Nicole’s Kitchen Diary. I have a real passion for sharing my love of food with others and couldn’t imagine not having a platform on which to do that.

I am hugely passionate about having a balanced lifestyle, one that involves fruit, vegetables, proteins, carbs, dairy, sugar (in moderation) and staying active.  I’m not nearly disciplined enough in my personal life to operate to a schedule or routine, so expect a haphazard approach to this blog.  I have a four-year old daughter (Jemima) which often makes the very notion of routine laughable. I like the idea of being able to dip in-and-out of something like a blog. I make no apologies for it either.

I decided on the name of Nicole’s Kitchen Diary as a total rip off of Nigel Slator. I’m a big fan of his general attitude towards food, a seemingly relaxed, non fussy approach. He eats what he has in the fridge or garden and experiments with flavours and textures. I also love his passion for ingredients and not over complicating recipes. I find his writing style free-flowing and liberating.

So a little about me, I’m a 31 year old Strategic Bid Manager (full-time) which involves a lot or organisation, writing and proofreading – did I mention, I’m a real grammar geek? I would describe myself as positive, ambitious and down to earth. My interests include cooking, gin, music (normally stuff that’s older than my time), reading and writing.

It’s always encouraging to read comments people leave on my posts, so please, if you’ve tried a recipe or just have something to add please comment. I’m also always interested to hear from readers, if there is anything you’d like me to cook, blog or review please let me know.