Eat Bike Cook Kitty cycling pic

Kitchen Quiz: With Kitty Pemberton-Platt (Eat Bike Cook)

Illustrator Kitty Pemberton-Platt is a cyclist and the founder of her own sports wear and culture brand Aprés Sport. Her witty, illustrated sports food diaries have lit up Instagram with their honest visualisations of what female cyclists really eat.

Eat Bike Cook is the first in our Food For Sport series on KP. The book brings together her illustrations of diaries from women who bike from around the world with tips and hacks for what works for them.

Eat Bike Cook Book Cover Image

The diaries are accompanied by 40 corresponding recipes by Fi Buchanan created to meet the energy demands of cyclists. 

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As well as providing inspiration on easy and tasty ways to fuel for days on the bike, Eat Bike Cook is a celebration of the female cycling community: of the great chat in a cafe mid-ride, of the handful of Haribos that gets you through the last 25km and the shared beer and burger at the end off the day.

Kitty’s wonderful illustrations are at the beating heart of this terrific book and we were very excited to catch up with her recently for the next episode of Kitchen Quiz. 

So take the ride and find out something about what makes her tick.

Kitty Pemberton-Platt Portrait

Q: Hi Kitty, so was there an illustrator or illustrated book that really inspired you?

A: One of my first creative obsessions was Penny Crayon – a fictitious animated character from the 80s/90s. She had the enviable superpower of transforming anything she drew into reality. Over the following years, I soaked in inspiration from everywhere – my mum’s fine art, photography, typography, graffiti or my young niece’s fantastically fearless creations. I discovered the witty world of Waldo Pancake. Through to the emotionally sharp Charlie Mackesy. There’s reference points everywhere but it’s often been a simple and truly innate love for putting pen (a good thick one) to paper supported with playful social commentary, that was my motivator.  

Penny Crayon Image

Q: What is your favourite item in your kitchen that you simply couldn’t do without?

A: The kitchen is a superb room in the house. Whether it’s cooking to music or chatting to my boyfriend Joe whilst we are cleaning the dishes, it’s a space bursting with possibility and taste. I’m not the most sophisticated cook – even though I enthusiastically try to be – so my cooking utensils are relatively simple. In fact, in our current London flat, I’ve selfishly taken up 30% of it with a coffee corner. Filter machine, espresso machine, grinder, V60 and a collection of French presses. Those items mean so much more than coffee, they’re symbolic of a daily moment of pause and simple focus that’s hard to replicate elsewhere. 

Kitty in the kitchen

Q: Do you have a favourite song, type of music or podcast you like to bike to?

A: My favourite audio during a ride is good conversation – when else do you share hours of thoughts and a listening ear without distraction. If I’m by myself, what I enjoy varies incredibly. I’m quite a patchwork quilt of interests – from EDM (electronic dance music) to americast (the BBC podcast). A short commute is often fuelled with fast beat music whereas long adventures lend themselves to a podcast. I’ll choose one that discusses a perspective or subject I’m deeply interested in (eg How I Built This) or have zero idea about (eg a 3 hour Joe Rogan with Elon Musk). 

Kitty cycling pic

Q: If you could bike and refuel anywhere in the world in any location then where would you choose?

A: This is one of my favourite questions because it instantly evokes a spectrum of visceral memories. There’s one specific location that holds an incredibly fond spot in my heart – a humble restaurant in Palma de Mallorca that my boyfriend (Joe) and I stumbled across after a long mountainous day in the sun. We savoured crisp cold shandies and the saltiest home made chips we’ve ever tasted. I’m pretty sure they were cooked in magic sauce, or maybe the special ingredient was the conditions and the company. It was perfection, wrapped up in après surroundings – tired legs, salty food and sharing a sense of reward with a loved one. 

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Q: Do you have any interesting pre-ride rituals you could share with us as advice for the budding riders out there?

A: Pre-ride rituals are an escape before you begin moving. Over ten years ago, I self printed my first book of life advice entitled ‘Oats taste better when soaked overnight’. That’s still the best guidance I can give – soak those oats, slowly brew that coffee and read up about where you’re about to ride (and make sure there’s sufficient ingredients waiting in that fridge you’ll dive into when you get back).

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Thank you so much Kitty for your thoughtful ands interesting replies. We can’t wait for you all to get your hands on the marvellous Eat Bike Cook.

You can pre-order the book and guarantee to get it first right here.

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Kitchen Quiz Episode 3: Jeni Iannetta (Bad Girl Bakery)

For our latest insight into the lives of our incredible and inspiring authors we journey back up to the stunning Scottish Highlands to pay a visit to the original bad girl baker, Jeni Iannetta. 

Picture of Jeni Iannetta of Bad Girl Bakery

Jeni’s wonderful, award winning Bad Girl Bakery is situated at Muir Of Ord where she dishes out the most unapologetically generous and indulgent cakes, bakes, biscuits and savouries.

Interior of Bad Girl Bakery

Lucky for us all she has been using some of the downtime during the lockdowns of the last year to write her first cookbook cunningly entitled Bad Girl Bakery. You can now pre-order the book direct from us on our website.

OK stick the kettle on and perhaps cut yourself a slice of cake. It’s time to hear from The Bad Girl Baker herself.

Q. Hi there Jeni. So was there a cookbook that really inspired you?

A: So, this is going to sound cheesy and like I’m trying to suck up, but it’s absolutely true! It’s the Parlour Cafe Cookbook. It’s not just the recipes; it’s that  someone I knew opened a food business and published a book. Gill has been a total inspiration and one of the reasons I now work in food. I love her book mostly because the recipes are fantastic and while her food is nothing like mine, the colours, textures and variety are something I’d like to think we had in common. 

I own over 200 cookbooks (at the last count) At home, I’ve been a massive fan of Nigella. I guess it’s that notion of indulgence and comfort in simple, easy to follow recipes.  

Most recently, I bought a couple of fantastic American baking books: Brave Tart and Weekend Baking. American baking is fascinating and these two are great examples. 

cover of the Parlour Cafe Cookbook
Q: What is your favourite item in your kitchen that you simply couldn’t do without?

A: It would have to be my Kmix. I’m a huge fan. It’s the most used piece of kit in the bakery (even more so that our beautiful industrial mixers, which I also love). The Kmix is lovely and gentle, easy to control and a real work horse. I’m slightly embarrassed to say we only buy them in our corporate colours.  You definitely don’t need one to bake, but they make life a lot easier.

I have a favourite pallet knife too.  I’ve have it for years  and it came from my mum, and it has a lovely old wooden handle.  All of us want to use that one! 

Pic of Kmix food mixer
Q: Do you have a favourite song, type of music or podcast you like to cook to?

A: Ooft. Too difficult!

My brother in law, Niall who has an incredible music collection, makes us playlists for the cafe that has all the families favourites in there. My favourite still remains the one he made for our opening. It’s got over 12 hours worth of tracks (over 200) from things to break you in gently in the morning, to things to get you through the clean down and we play it still, 4 years on. Marlena Shaw, Marvin Gaye or Groove Armada for a slow start Sunday.

For clean down it’s got everything from Toots and the Maytals, Primal Scream, James Brown and there’s even a bit of Beyoncé in there.

Here is a link to the playlist.

Q: If you could cook anywhere in the world in any location then where would you choose?

A: That gives me the fear! There’s nowhere I love baking more than in our bakery. It’s light, bright and beautifully laid out and that’s where my favourite spatulas and palette knives live! It sounds so cheesy, but we’re surrounded by a team we love. It’s my favourite place to bake.

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Q: If you had to give one single piece of advice about cooking to someone then what would that be?

A: Ohhh, that’s tough. I guess I’d say ‘Hold your nerve’ a lot! In baking, sometimes things look bad before they look better! Like when you’re making a brownie: the mixture goes through a slightly split, grainy stage before it transforms into a smooth, glossy batter. It’s still my very favourite moment in baking.

Oh, and read the recipe and weigh out everything before you start! 

Thank you so much Jeni! Such inspiring stuff. Can’t you just feel her energy, enthusiasm and love for cooking? We can’t wait to show you her cookbook very soon!

Book Cover of Bad Girl Bakery

The book is out in November but you can pre-order here right now and guarantee that you are one of the first people to grab a copy.

Portrait of KJ

Kitchen Quiz Episode 2: Kirsten Gilmour (The Mountain Cafe/KJ’s Bothy Bakery)

For the second in our Kitchen Quiz series of  short interviews with our amazing authors, we zip up to our favourite Kiwi in the Cairngorms Kirsten Gilmour, or KJ as she is known to many.

Portrait of KJ

KJ was the lady behind the fabulously successful The Mountain Cafe Cookbook. A real cooking bible of tasty soups, exhilarating salads, hearty mains and delightful baking, this is a cookbook that every kitchen shelf simply needs to have.

Mountain Cafe Cookbook Cover

Kirsten is now focused on her latest project, KJ’s Bothy Bakery knocking out demon breads, scones, buns, meringues, muffins and swirls to those lucky enough to live nearby her in the Highlands.

We caught up with KJ to ask her a few quick questions while she stopped briefly for air….

Sit back and relax. It’s time for KITCHEN QUIZ!!!

KJ Kitchen Quiz

Q: Hey KJ, hope you are doing good! So was there a cookbook that really inspired you?

A: So many cookbooks inspire me, but I love The Edmonds cookbook from NZ. It’s a classic that all parents give their kids when they are leaving home. It is just packed full of good simple recipes that work. It’s pretty dated in some ways now, but it remains close to my heart and the baking recipes always work!

Edmonds Cookbook Cover

Q: What is your favourite item in your kitchen that you simply couldn’t do without?

A: My magic scraper! It’s a dough scraper I use for cleaning dough, scone mix & cookie dough off my benches. I also use it for portioning my bread, cutting pastry & it’s just the business. 

Kitchen Quiz Magic Scraper

Q: Do you have a favourite song, type of music or podcast you like to cook to?

A: NZ music mostly like Fat Freddy’s drop and The Black seeds. They are great for a boogie while cooking. 

Q: If you could cook anywhere in the world in any location then where would you choose?

A: Tuscany. I would love to learn more on Italian food culture & skills 

Market Tuscany

Q: If you had to give one single piece of advice about cooking to someone then what would that be?

A: Relax! Don’t take yourself too seriously. Have fun and don’t be hard on yourself if something goes wrong. 

KJ cooking tartieflett

Thank you so much Kirsten. You are always a total champ and a star. We can’t wait to try your baking delights from your bothy bakery as soon as we can get up there!

Buy The Mountain Cafe Cookbook here

And don’t forget you can get 15% off all KP titles for the whole month of February 2021 using the code ‘FEB15’ at checkout on our website plus postage is also free!

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Welcome to Kitchen Quiz our new series of short interviews focussing on the wonderful people who write our cookbooks for us!

Episode 1: Gillian Veal (The Parlour Cafe & Cambo Gardens Cafe)

The Parlour Cafe Cookbook was our very first publication way back in the mists of time. We owe its spectacular chef and author Gillian Veal a massive debt for launching our book list in such exquisite style.

cover of the Parlour Cafe Cookbook

So we thought it was only right to kick off this series with Gillian, especially as we are currently working with her on a brand new title [trumpet sounds]. 

The new cookbook is based around the food she creates at Cambo Gardens in the East Neuk of Fife. Her cafe is set in the old stables of the historic Cambo manor house amongst gloriously kept walled gardens which are packed full of vegetables and herbs for her to use in her culinary creations. It is a magical setting for any chef and Gillian has simply thrived there, so we are very pleased that soon she will be sharing that magic with you all.

view of cambo gardens in the sunshine for Kitchen Quiz

Meanwhile we caught up with her at home and asked her a few wee questions….

Portrait of Gillian Veal Kitchen Quiz

Sit back and relax. It’s time for KITCHEN QUIZ!!!

Q: Hi Gillian, was there a cookbook that really inspired you?

A: The River Cafe Cook Book was the one. I loved the relationship between the two owners. It was inspiring how they bounced off each other with their knowledge of ingredients and simple approach. It set me on the path that led to The Parlour Cafe Cook Book.

River Cafe Cook Book, Gillian's Kitchen Quiz pick
Q: What is your favourite item in your kitchen that you simply couldn’t do without?

A: I love all my gran’s old pans and baking stuff. They simply don’t make them like that anymore. And I recently treated myself to a thermo mix ,which is a bit like having a second chef work with me.

Salads from cambo cafe for Kitchen Quiz
Q: Do you have a favourite song, type of music or podcast you like to cook along to?

A: Oh impossible to choose any one song or genre in particular.  It’s like my food, I mostly decide what I’m going to make that very day. Same with the music.  It’s a good day when the right music and food comes together. I’m lucky I have so many friends around with a passion for music, so I get introduced to all sorts in the cafe.  My only habit is I always listen to the radio from when I get to work till 10am. It’s like my timer to prepping for the days service. I normally listen to Radio 6, but flip over to Radio 4 as well if I’m not feeling it.

Some of the apple varieties grown at Cambo - Kitchen Quiz
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Q: If you could cook anywhere in the world in any location then where would you choose?

A: There are so many places I still have to visit, but for now Andalucia in Spain would be my number one choice. It has the perfect variety of food and cooking styles. So probably an outdoor kitchen at the top of a beautiful beach from around 4pm till sunset. And perhaps with the odd glass of vino…

Andalucia view
Q: If you had to give one single piece of advice to someone about cooking then what would that be?

A: My one piece of cooking advice would be to engage all your senses. It’s not just about following a recipe.  If something doesn’t smell, taste or feel correct then do something about it. You have to feel it. While cooking it might even involve getting to know the right sound an ingredient makes when it hits the pan. It should be a passion and not just work.

Cambo feast for the Kitchen Quiz

Thank you so much for doing our Kitchen Quiz Gillian. We can’t wait to try out your new recipes from Cambo very soon!

Buy The Parlour Cafe Cookbook here