Meet the FoodTriber: Hayley Stanway

Welcome to the very first Meet the FoodTriber interview!

A year ago I started to publish a series of interviews on DriveTribe; I thought it would be interesting to know a little more about the people who are part of the community. It was great fun, and a very satisfying undertaking to interview all the volunteers – so I thought I'd carry this format on here on FoodTribe as well.

Anyone can be interviewed; it does not matter if you are not posting often, or if you just like to read and comment other people's posts. If you want to be next, just write it in the comments!

To start this series here on FoodTribe, we have Hayley Stanway, a brave volunteer to decided to answer all my food-related questions!

Hayley writes a lot of interesting content, and on her profile you can find news and quizzes. Give her a follow and you will not be disappointed!

Now let's start with the questions!

Where are you from?

I’m from Glasgow, Scotland.

What do you do?

I’m a very old medical student!

How did you discover FoodTribe?

I was a contributor to the sister site, DriveTribe, for many years and was asked to join FoodTribe as a contributor when it started. I was very nervous as I had only ever written about racing and science, so this is a million miles from my comfort zone, but I love food and baking so thought I’d give it a go. Turns out, I love it!

What are your hobbies?

I love racing. I’m not lucky enough to be able to take part beyond karting with friends, but if there is any sort of racing on the TV, I will watch it – and I spend all my savings on travelling to race tracks, calling it a holiday!

I am Italian, so I have to ask this question...

What’s your favourite Italian dish?

I’m a vegetarian with a pretty limited scope, but I do love a good pizza. I also love bolognese, but with peppers and courgettes etc instead of meat. I like the simple things!

What's your favourite cocktail?

I’ve (boringly) not had a cocktail for years, but I think I’d like an espresso martini.

Beer or wine?

Tough one – probably wine (white).

Savoury snacks or sweets?

Savoury. You can’t do better than a toasted, buttered croissant with smoked cheese!

Tell us a food related childhood memory...

My mum used to make soda bread quite regularly – and the instant it was cool enough to tolerate, I would be in there with some butter to have a few slices. I loved it!

What's the dish you cook the best?

Embarrassingly, I am a rubbish cook! Truly shocking! I can bung a pizza in the oven as well as anyone though, and I love to roll out some puff pastry with Dolmio sauce, cheese and red peppers to make it my own. I also make some seriously good raspberry jam!

Baking is where I live. I am only just getting confident enough to be inventive with recipes – and I've had my fair share of disasters on the way!

Tell us a funny food failure...

It took us many, many uses to establish that our oven was broken. The oven that was in the house when we got it was a fanless electric one, which was slow, but did the job. After a number of depressingly unsuccessful bakes in a row, including some very sad, raw, lamingtons that we made for the Australian GP, we realised the bottom element was broken and nothing was cooking properly.

If you are looking for this *very* well established adult, she will be off tackling food poisoning!

Comfort food. What's your choice?

Probably bread, particularly my own. A good tiger loaf or a cheesy bloomer. It could be anything, but if it's stodgy and delicious I’ll happily scoff the lot!

Do you like listening to music while cooking? If yes, what kind?

Sometimes. We listen to a lot of classical, but on the other end of the spectrum, I like some late '90s/early '00s punk stuff too. I mostly listen to jazz around the house.

Do you have a favourite cooking show?

I used to love Nadia’s Family Feasts with Nadia Sawalha, who is an absolute nutter, but it hasn’t been on for a while. I impatiently await its return.

Who is your favourite chef?

Adriano Zumbo. He is an Aussie pastry chef who comes up with the most impressive, elaborate, stunning desserts, and I love them. He has a show on Netflix called Zumbo’s Just Desserts – I recommend!

What's the craziest thing you have done because of food?

Binge watched an entire series of Bake Off in a day… oh, you said CRAZY? I thought you said lazy!

Favorite pizza topping?

Cheese, maybe with some roasted red pepper. Basic.

Tell us something food-related that you can't stand.

The smell of beef cooking. You know the smell generated by the searing of beef – I don’t know why, but even before I was a veggie I could never stand it!

What do you think of FoodTribe?

I love it. I was a little sceptical at first and nervous to get involved, but I've really enjoyed being a part of it and it’s such an amazing community of talented and hilarious people.

Thanks to Hayley for answering my questions!

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