I am beyond excited to introduce you to Holly Vine, maven behind the cookery blog, Holly Likes to Cook! Holly and I recently connected through the Providence Lady Project and quickly bonded over our shared passion for cultivating bespoke event experiences through phenomenal food, fabulous decor, and personalized design elements. (I am squealing with excitement about our plans for collaboration this fall.) Holly is one badass sweetheart from across the pond who will make you fall in love with cooking even if you don't know the first thing about it. She's gorgeous (inside and out). She tells it like it is (with a British accent that makes everything sound more romantic). And, she is a magician in the kitchen. Read on to learn more about Holly, her blog, and what celebration means to her.
Give us a quick history of your cookery blog and how it came to be.
Holly Likes to Cook started as a complete hobby back in 2012. I've always really enjoyed cooking and baking… and, of course, eating food!
After leaving university I was looking for some consistency before I found my 'proper' job, and so the idea of an online journal of recipes experiments seemed like a fab idea!
I assumed my mum would take a little look at it now and again but never had any aspiration for it beyond that.
I gained some followers through friends and even started taking orders for a couple of cakes I had featured on the blog.
HLTC really started to become what it is now when I moved to the US with my husband. I wasn't permitted to work immediately so, again, I found myself filling my time… and this time people started really paying attention.
Over the next few months I was asked to write for Rhode Island Monthly's blog, and later the print magazine; then a couple of other publications reached out to me, and at the end of last year The Rhode Show asked me to cook on the program for the first time.
Joining the Lady Project also put me in touch with some fabulous people that has started a new era of HLTC... with another collaborative venture coming in the near future which I'm exceptionally excited about!
Elevator pitch. 1-2-3-go! (You have 30 seconds).
Holly Likes to Cook is a cookery blog filled with recipes, thrifty hint, tips and kitchen ideas for the home cook. I share honest, budget friendly, easy to cook recipes and menus from my kitchen, with an overall healthy and balanced approach to eating down right delicious stuff!
You're in the business of helping people celebrate through food. How do you define "celebration"?
I think a celebration can be many things, from wedding days and birthdays, to managing to make it through the week without entirely losing your shit, or just your car making it through inspection.
I'm learning to be more mindful of the small victories and recognizing each little achievement. It's important to hold yourself to high standards, but what's the point if you're not rewarding yourself (or others) when those standards are attained or knocked out of the park?
We spend so much time dwelling on failings or faults... it's so much nicer putting that energy in to celebrating the wins when they come along.
There is nothing gauche about celebrating what it is that makes you happy.
You are sharing your passion of cooking with the world - and doing it beautifully, I must say! Can you give us a few tips of how to find our own passion for cooking
To find your love for you kitchen, do what works for you when it comes to cooking. If being in the kitchen for five hours crafting an intricate patisserie floats your boat, do it. If choosing some fabulous meats and cheeses from a great local store and simple popping them on a platter is more your style, great! If a steaming bowl of tomatoey pasta with torn bread shared between hungry friends is your happy place, dispense with the bread knife and get stuck in.
The mission of & celebrate is to inspire people to find something to celebrate every day. What little things in your business are you celebrating today?
I celebrate when I design a new recipe and the first person to taste it doesn't say anything, they just smile.
Describe your favorite way to celebrate.
Champagne and lots of it.
Lastly, how can we get in touch with you?
You can find me on hollylikestocook.com, Instagram @hollylikestocook, Twitter @hollylikes2cook, or pop me an email to say hello at email@example.com.