A BLOGGER and Melton mum who has captured the interest of hundreds-of-people online with her mouthwatering recipes has secured a place in the final of a national competition.
Heidi Gough (35) of Marigold Crescent, Melton had no idea when she started posting meal ideas for her son Aidan (2) online that they would prove such a big hit, but before long she was being inundated with comments of support and demand for her healthy meals had begun to grow.
Her efforts have resulted in her being entered into the Brilliance in Blogging Awards organised by parenting website BritMums.
Heidi, who works as a technical manager in food safety at a bakery in Barrow Upon Soar, said: “I’ve always enjoyed cooking and first started blogging during maternity leave when I was weaning my son Aidan onto solid food.
“I almost gave up on the blog after a few months because things weren’t really taking off, but then the responses started flooding in and they were so encouraging they convinced me to carry on.”
Heidi, who creates all her recipes from scratch and bakes them at home in her Melton kitchen, concentrates on providing healthy options for busy families and has complied over 200 recipes since launching her blog Mamacook less than 18 months ago.
She said: “The most amazing moment to date was when I attended a child’s birthday party and saw one of my dishes laid out as party food.
“I’m really looking forward to the awards due, I’m up against some really stiff competition, so I’m not sure how I will do, but it’s justhave been entered.”
Heidi has been nominated in the tasty category thanks to the support of hundreds of voters.
The final takes place at the Brewery in London on June 22.
l To see more of Heidi’s recipes, visit http://mamacook.blogspot.co.uk
Cheese biscuits for babies, toddlers and the whole family to enjoy
Makes a good 24 depending on cutter size.
100g grated extra mature cheddar cheese
50g unsalted butter
80g plain flour
1/2 tsp mild, sweet paprika
1 tbsp cold water
Preheat oven to 180oC/350F
Using a food processor, combine the cheese, butter flour and paprika.
Add enough cold water to make into a dough.
Turn out onto a clean work surface and kneed lightly.
Roll out 1-2mm thickness and cut out what shapes you fancy, little men are optional.
Re-roll any scraps to make more.
Bake on non stick baking paper for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Put onto a cooking rack to cool down.
Heidi said: “Not the healthiest recipe but remember, children do need some fat in their diet and this contains no hidden nasties, no hydrogenated fats and is 100 per cent natural.
“My son ate four, when I made these at home, and his dad sneaked some extra biscuits when he thought no-one was looking.”