TALKING HEADS WITH LEYLA – A UK FOODIE INFLUENCER CAUSING A STIR

13-08-2018 Les vaches et Leyla
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During a recent trip to Normandy, franceagroalimentaire.com caught up with Leyla, an influential foodie writer, crazy about food and top quality ingredients.

Leyla et les vaches

Influencer Leya with cows

What are your favourite foods around the world?

Leyla : That’s a tricky one! If I had to name my top 5 favourite foods, I would say French, Japanese, Spanish, Italian and Turkish.

Why did you decide to become food influencer?

Leyla : It wasn’t something that just happened overnight. It all started with a food blog I wrote to record everything I was cooking. My friends talked me into creating a website to share photos of the dishes I created. I then moved on to writing about dining out and restaurants. When I spent 8 months travelling, I wrote a blog to share all my food discoveries. And on my return, I created an Instagram account devoted to cooking. In the end it was almost accidental, like French cheese or tarte tatin, and so many good things in life!

If you were only able to take two products on a desert island, what would it be?

Leyla : cheese and wine. I couldn’t live without French cheese. And French bread of course.

 

Do you have to be a real chef to cook French food?

Leyla : not at all! The ingredients speak for themselves. If you have really good French ingredients right from the outset, you don’t need to do much to create great quality food. I recently prepared a Piperade for my blog which is the ultimate food hero from the Basque country and Gascony. It’s basically a blend of tomatoes, onions, peppers and Espelette pepper…it couldn’t be simpler.

 

How did you like Normandy?

Leyla : It’s fabulous to see where foods are made. We went right back to the source; so we tasted Camembert in Camembert where it is made using milk from Normandy cows from the surrounding area. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Leyla et le camembert

Leyla discovers different cheeses

 

 For more photos of foodie travels in Normandy, check out  @frenchfoodandbeverages, Leyla’s Instagram account (@thecutlerychronicles) and her video video during her trip in Normandy.