Lyndsay Wells is one of my favourite foodies. Any woman who dresses up as a witch and makes magical foodie videos and blog posts is super cool to me. And others must agree because she has had phenomenal foodie successes and I wanted to know more about them. After making her fabulous Curried Coconut Chicken, I knew I and to do an interview with her!
Where did your idea to become the Kitchen Witch come from?
Life is so funny; I’d been blogging for years about my family under the pen name “Maven” and often included a recipe or two at the tail end of the blog. But when my son graduated from high school in 2009 and went away to college, I lost my funny bone and the passion I had to write about my day to day life. Around that time, a friend gave me a Nora Roberts book and one of the characters was a Kitchen Witch. I was immediately enchanted with the idea of creating magic through food and gardening and the Kitchen Witch blog was born!
How long have you been blogging?
I have been blogging since 2000. I began on MSN with a little community I called “Maven’s Haven” where we exchanged recipes, and connected daily with women all over the world including Pakistan and Australia. One of the things in life I am most proud of is that they are all still with me on Facebook and continue to follow my adventures – now in the world of cooking!
Lyndsay’s Creamy Tex Mex Chicken in Avocado Corn Crepes
“I’m excited to feature one of my absolute favourite recipe creations: Philly Chicks in a Blanket. Delicious cornmeal crepes filled with creamy Tex Mex chicken! Better still it can all be made ahead of time and re-heated before serving making it another great dish for entertaining!”
In this video Lyndsay demonstrates ideas for creating a romantic Provence-inspired picnic for you and the one you love!
Have you always been a foodie?
Under “special achievements” in my baby book my mom wrote “Loves to eat” – so yes, I guess I have always been a foodie
Of all the foodie adventures you have had, what is your favourite? Recipe to Riches perhaps?
While Recipe to Riches was beyond amazing – and I LOVED the batch up challenge, so fun – I would have to say my experiences with The Real Women of Philadelphia are my favourites. Not only did I get to meet and work with Anna Olson (who is a wonderful person), I made life long friendships in that contest. I have so many incredible memories of summer in Toronto, cooking off in KRAFT kitchens, and having my $20,000.00 grand prize winning pork tenderloin prepared by the Chef at Scott Conant’s restaurant Scarpetta! The fact that Rosie Edeh from Entertainment Tonight Canada ate my dish still makes me smile! I also had the best meal I have ever had in my life at Canoe restaurant – oh for the love of sweet sweet foie gras – and I thoroughly enjoyed having the chance to shoot two professional videos that featured my recipes!
Where do you find your foodie inspiration?
I find my foodie inspiration in a variety of places like the farmer’s market, the grocery store, and the library – I go there every Saturday morning and am constantly reading about food and ogling recipe books I also collect vintage cookbooks and love to re-imagine old time recipes in modern ways.
I would love to hear about one of your foodie disasters, do you have a funny story to tell?
I have many funny stories – but perhaps my biggest fail wasn’t with food per se, but with a homemade hair treatment. It was mid July, one of the hottest nights of the summer. I was sipping wine and watching an interview with Jane Fonda on TV and she mentioned a homemade hair tonic she created for soft shining tresses. Made up of two parts mayonnaise, one part sesame oil, I thought it would be just the thing for moisturizing. So I slathered the concoction onto my head, covered it with a plastic bag, wrapped it in a towel, and went to bed. Remember, hottest night of the year.
I woke up the next morning to my husband screaming “What the HELL is that smell?” But before I had a chance to answer him, the aroma of day old mayonnaise and sesame oil hit me and I ran, gagging, to the bathroom. When I ripped the towel and plastic bag from my head, the smell about did me in – and my hair! The hardened mayonnaise looked like a poultice. I can’t even begin to tell you how many showers it took to get it off my head but it was a few days before I could get the memory of the scent from my mind. Even now, I feel queasy thinking about it!
Check out Lyndsay’s Sweet and Savoury Stir Fried Pork with Cashews: “One of the most delicious meals to serve a crowd is a stir fry – and today’s original Kitchen Witch recipe for Sweet and Savoury Stir Fried Pork with Cashews is not only a favourite among friends, it’s one of my most requested recipes!”
I have to ask, are you happy with who won Recipe to Riches this year?
Although I would have loved to have seen my dear friend Elisa (who I met in The Real Women of Philadelphia) win Recipe to Riches, I was super happy with the winner. Those mac and cheese balls are amazing! I ate the whole box myself. I also loved the Acadian pie and Jessie’s cheesecake bites. I thought Superstore did a great job with reproducing the recipes this season.