About This Blog

I enjoy food. Actually that’s quite an understatement.  J’adore alimentaire!  I ADORE food.

I love to learn about it, eat it, make it… I’m even currently reading a book about a famous pâtissier, Antonin Carême (whose parents named him Marie Antoine) who spun sugar for Napoleon and The Prince Regent.  And it’s utterly fascinating.

I’m always cooking favourite recipes as well as whipping up something from another country or time period.  I have made Flammkuchen and Lebkuchen (both from Germany though are two completely different types of “cake”) as well as fried chicken from the 1730s.  I’m always seeking out something that piques my interest in order to make it; simply for the joy and experience of making it, as well as because I just really, really, want it in my mouth!

I’ve also prepared everyday items that we take for granted like butter, buttermilk, whipped cream, crème fraîche, and vanilla extract.  I’ve also figured out the difference between sugars like extra fine, confectioner, and vanilla… and I have made them, because why not?

This blog will feature varying recipes on items that I have personally made, and perhaps thoughts of wonderous things that I hope to make in the near future.  I am by no means an expert or super fantastically skilled at cooking or baking; I just follow my gut and if my gut wants me to make something, then I will, skill level be damned.  Sometimes I fail… hard.  But, for the most part, the learning process is fun and interesting.

Also of note is that for the most part my recipes are pretty frugal, as we’re umm… pretty frugal.  By we, I mean my parents, sister, and I as we all live together still.  And by frugal, I mean that we don’t have a lucrative income per say.  I think you understand.  But, I don’t mind too much because it’s helped me be really inventive in my cookery; turning out things that are cobbled together from different recipes because I couldn’t afford, in that moment, to run to the store to buy such and such or because such and such is too dear.  Or perhaps some cookery item (tools, equipment) were out of the question.

I think there are a lot of people out there who love to cook, or love the idea of cooking, but perhaps can’t spring for super fancy (expensive) this or that, or have no means or need for buying ground almond meal, corn flour, or cream of tarter in bulk from Amazon, so end up skipping out on making items they wish to make.  You are not alone.  I continue to educated myself to become better acquainted with skimping here or substituting there and those recipes have turned out just fab!  So, never fear.  You can cook on a dime so to speak.  And I plan to illustrate this in my posts; using what you have and not buying what you don’t need.

Humdinger!: The Cookery of a Southern Girl who Loves Food

So, yes, I am a southern girl as I hail from south Mississippi.  But, I don’t really think that I’m much of a “typical” southern girl as I don’t garden, I’m not very fond of tomatoes, and I don’t drink sweetened iced tea.  However, having grown up eating, preparing, and enjoying certain southern foods, I think it’s important to note that in aspect to my knowledge on southern foods in general, as well as to show my roots; but also where my head flies to in thoughts of food (around the entire world).

I also named this blog in honour of my paternal grandmother in the use of Humdinger.  It was a staple confectionary recipe of hers and she made it every year during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  She thought it was a cute name, as do I, so there ya go.

Needless to say, I’m excited to begin this journey of a blog solely devoted to the glories of food!  I hope you’ll have as much fun reading it as I do of putting it all together.