Hey there! I’m Tina Dawson, the recipe developer, writer and food photographer behind Love is in my tummy. If you love coffee, worship chocolate and are a Sci-fi+Fantasy fan, then you and I should probably be friends. Come find me!
Keep an eye out for my Instagram stories. I’m loosening up a bit these days, and you’ll see what I’m up to daily, including bloopers and behind-the-scenes!
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
I grew up in a close-knit family where almost every conversation revolved around food. All of us cook (unbelievable, yet true), watch cooking shows most of the day, collect cookbooks and spend every 4 hours plotting the next meal. It is from my family that my love for all-things-food stems from. I was raised around food, that over time, became the taste of ‘Love’ to me.
After almost a decade in the world of Information Technology, I decided to give life a chance by doing something I love. Now, I spend every waking minute happily scouring the world for delicious things. Everything you see here, I create from my home near Atlanta where I live with my husband, who also happens to be the official taste-checker and my go-to tech guy.
WHAT YOU’LL FIND HERE
Food, of course! But let’s talk more about that now…
My love of food stems from family, so obviously you’ll find a few family favorites, like my grandmother’s insanely delicious Brinjal curry (V+GF), mom’s comforting Coconut Congee (V+GF) that we eat ONLY on Good Friday, or the Vegetable Stir-fry that my sweet dad made for my vegetarian mom to thank her for cooking meat for us.
I’m veering towards plant-based eating, so with the exception of a handful of chicken recipes in the archives, the rest are all Vegetarian, increasingly becoming Vegan and/or Gluten-free. And if you’re thinking, ‘urgh, it’s probably bland, boring and eww’, think again! May I interest you in these Vegan Chocolate truffles infused with Black Truffles? Or how about this Vegan Coconut + Mango Jelly ‘Egg’ that looks and feels like a boiled egg and you have to crack into a while chocolate shell to get into?
Most of the recipes you’ll find here will fall under one of these series, and I’ll just keep adding to it…
5 ingredients or less – Simple and easy-to-do recipes with 5 ingredients or less! Yes – water, oil and salt are also counted.
Table for two – Recipes catered to serve just two people – no more halving or quartering full batch recipes!
Chocoholics Anonymous – Recipes so decadent and choco-licious that it will thrill and sate even the most intense Chocoholics out there!
Baked not Fried – Usually fried foods, now slightly healthier – because they’re baked! And tastes the same too!
On-screen food – Foods that I saw on TV or in a movie that drove me crazy until I made myself a batch!
In addition to the recipe series listed above, you’ll also find my Travelogues, because whenever I go to a new place, I just can’t resist just eating my way through it. Only way I know how to tour, people! Only way I know how!
Sometimes, just having a recipe isn’t enough. You also need some tips and hacks to make life in the kitchen a little bit easier.
If you’re a fellow blogger, you might find my Blogger resources interesting. Go see if you can learn something from my experiences and mistakes.
Before you get cooking…
…you should probably know that when I’m not measuring by weight (grams/ounces), I use standard US cups (1 cup = 235ml) for measurement. Why am I telling you this? Because it’s kinda important. If you use the wrong kind of measuring cup, you may get away with it for some recipes, but when it involves eggs, or a combination of cups+weights, it might not end well. Sorry!
Also, baking soda and baking powder are two DIFFERENT things. So when a recipe specifies either or both, do not try to swap/omit them. They are chemical leavening agents and should be used as directed.
I’ll create a more detailed FAQ page soon.
One last thing…
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What are you waiting for? Let’s get cooking!