In just six years, Bintu Hardy transformed Recipes From a Pantry, her popular food blog, from a site where she casually documented daily dishes to a professional business with an international following.
Bintu Hardy’s diverse taste in food and recipes reflects her adventurous life. A native of Sierra Leone, where she grew up, she received her PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and traveled to remote locations in Africa, working as part of a team to help eliminate river blindness.
Her love of food won out, however, and when she moved with her family to a farm in rural Sussex, she started cooking more and more. Of course, the influences on her life are reflected in her cooking – she moves from the pure West African dishes of her childhood through the diversity of recipes she discovered living in London to recipes utilizing fresh produce from the local English countryside
A self-taught photographer and food stylist, Bintu’s work has been featured on various food and lifestyle sites including Superfood Magazine, At Home Magazine, The Guardian Online, Psychologies Magazine and BuzzFeed. She has enjoyed recognition of her work as a runner-up for the Best of Pinterest UK Food Awards and the UK National Blog Awards.
In addition, she was shortlisted for the Red Online African Cookbook Competition.
Bintu’s blog mission is twofold:
- to encourage readers to create exciting dishes from whatever ingredients they can find in their pantries and
- to inspire people to cook both traditional and fusion African recipes.
Inspired by her grandmother, Bintu wants to inspire others in the same way. African cooking can be easy and delicious!
Bintu Hardy Show Notes
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What did you do before you started food blogging?
How long did you do that?
Is there a vaccine for river blindness, where you nervous about getting it yourself?
Can you relay the story about being at a party and being an entomologist?
Why did you start food blogging?
When did you start blogging?
When you first started, how many times a week did you publish a post?
How many do you publish now?
Once you started, how long did it take you to start making money?
Are you pitching directly to contacts and brands instead of joining an influencer network?
What gave you the idea to reach out to these other bloggers?
Do you have anybody that helps you with your company?
When did you find that you needed this help?
How did you find the people that are helping you?
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
What do you find the hardest thing about blogging?
Why did you pick the name of your blog?
What is your biggest food failure?
What is your favorite cuisine?
Do they all taste the same?
Did you have a viral moment?
Do you have a favorite cookbook?
What is one thing in your kitchen you can’t live without?