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Daisy Bun's interview

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We interviewed Daisy Bun!

Visit the blog: Full-Thyme Student.

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Hello Daisy Bun, so tell us...

When did you begin your blog, and what inspired you to start it?

I've been publishing recipes on my blog Full-thyme Student since March 2013, but it took me over a year to come up with a plan for my website. I started a different food blog when I was a student in college, but it was impossible to keep up with because I was so busy. For years I've been interested in how college students balance academics and eating. I cooked a lot in college and I wanted to provide a culinary resource for current college students who feel like they don't have enough time or money to make healthy and inexpensive meals.

How has your time spent living in Paris changed the way you look at, prepare, or eat your meals?

Being in Paris has made me realize that a few quality ingredients are more impressive than a million ingredients. I've been to many excellent boulangeries with fresh baguettes and croissants and cheese shops with incredible dairy products. Nowadays, a quick lunch for me is just a perfectly crisp baguette with ham and cheese, nothing else. I don't even bother with lettuce, tomato, or mustard.

I can't believe that you ran the Paris Marathon! How did you eat during your training?

I can't believe I ran it either, trust me! My meals during training were heavy in carbs and calories -- not something I would recommend to the average person. Bread, pasta, rice, oats, and peanut butter were my best friends. At the pinnacle of my training when I was running nearly 20 miles on a single day, I could eat a whole pound of pasta by myself in one sitting. I smothered the pasta with tons of cheese, butter, fresh tomatoes, and roasted chicken. I felt like a bottomless pit!

If you could be a contestant or guest on any cooking show what show would you choose?

Does the show still have to be running? I would love to have been a guest on Julia Child's shows on public television. She seems like she was so welcoming and fun to cook with, and you could tell she really loved tasting all the food throughout the show!

What is your earliest food memory?

I just remember always watching public television cooking shows. I didn't care what it was. If Martha Stewart was making chocolate cake, I wanted to see every step. If Julia Child was roasting a chicken, I wanted to see her tie up the bird and smear butter all over it. My love for food stems from being introduced to all different types of cuisines as a child through television.

What tips would you give students to help them cook cheaply?

I always include plenty of helpful tips within my blog posts to give students ideas to cook cheaply. I have many resources on my site, too, that they can explore. My biggest tip is to always have a well-stocked pantry and refrigerator with your favorite ingredients. That way, you can make anything you like when you get hungry!

Is there any dish, ingredient or type of food you refuse to cook? Or anything that you refuse to eat?

There's nothing that I refuse to eat. Really. I'm the least picky eater ever. But I will say this: the only thing I've ever refused to finish was this one terrible beef tartare. I ordered it at this restaurant and it was absolutely horrible. Think really, really slimy texture and a weird musty spice running all throughout the dish. There was no way I could finish it.

What are your goals for your blog? Where would you like to see it in the next year? Five years?

I really hope more college students can use my blog as a resource. I know how hard it is to cook every day, but I if I was able to manage it as a student, anybody can. It just takes a few changes, like grocery shopping more often and cutting down on expensive take-out.

My worst food flop was...

I made cookies once and forgot to add butter. It was the first ingredient and direction: "Cream the butter and sugar." Oops.

Anything else you would like to share?

I'm going to add many new features to my site soon, so keep an eye out for the updates. Thank you so much for featuring me!

Thank you Daisy Bun for answering our questions and see you soon!
Published by Jill - 05/30/2014

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So much fun to read. Can't wait for more recipes on your blog!

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