Name: Betty Hung
Blog Name: Yummy Workshop
Where were you born? Hong Kong
Where are you living now? Vancouver, BC
Why did you start your blog?
I created and designed a cookbook when I was studying graphic design that got a great deal of positive feedback. I began entertaining the idea of writing a cookbook someday, so I decided to start a food blog to try writing and recipe developing.
How did you decide on your blog name?
I wanted to come up with something fun and personal. My goal was to experiment and make delicious things so the blog is like my personal workshop.
What do you blog about?
I blog mostly about baking, something that I've always been passionate about.
What post on your blog most encapsulates you?
Paris Adventure 1: Bread Traning Scholarship. This is a post about my first trip to Paris. Though it is not the most popular, it's a post close to my heart. My blog is one of the reasons I made a career change to work at a bakery, and this post marks one of the highlights of that. I've never dreamed of going to pastry school in France, and there I was attending a course at a highly regarded pastry school in Paris. That experience definitely expanded my horizons in pastries and reminds me of why I want to bake for a living.
Which post do you wish received more love and why?
My Rosemary Pine Nut Gâteaux Breton. This is a really delicious cake recipe. Maybe because of its French name and underwhelming look, it didn't get a lot of love. I want to encourage others to try and bake different things, even if it doesn't sound good, the result might be a pleasant surprise.
Which post’s success surprised you and why?
Honey Castella. This remains one of my most popular posts even after a few years. It is a simple and fluffy honey cake with strange instructions that I got from a Japanese YouTube video. I liked it and decided to share the recipe along with that video. The response was incredible, fellow bloggers started making the same cake and sharing it on their blogs too.
What’s your biggest challenge as a blogger?
My biggest challenge is actually getting my butt in front of the computer and to start typing. I like to bake and eat, but I'm lazy to go start a post. However, once I start one, then I enjoy the process and feel accomplished to have completed a post, regardless of it being popular or not.
Share a couple of your favourite food blogs to read. Why do you like them?
My Name is Yeh – I recently discovered her blog. I love that her baked creations are so modest yet very creative. The blogger's voice really shows through the writing and the photography.
Lady and Pups – I like this blogger's sass when she writes her posts. Her recipes incorporates a lot of Asian flavours and are very innovative. Her photos are worth drooling over.
Favourite food - care to share a recipe or a restaurant destination?
Since my passion is in pastries, I'd say one my favourites is the pain au chocolat – I make them everyday at work and am very proud of them. In biased opinion, they are some of the best in the city and you can get them at Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe in Vancouver.
What are you working on next for your blog?
The next recipe I am working on is the Peanut Butter & Jelly Croissants, I can't wait to share it . I am also thinking of sharing some of my baker friends' best recipes, it might be a series of posts.
What else should we know about you that may or not be in your “About Me” page?
Before I became a full-time baker, I was a graphic designer. I went to school for visual art, Japanese, and graphic design. I love learning, I don't even recall how many baking classes and courses I've taken though I don't have a formal culinary education.
What makes your blog unique?
My blog is mostly about creative baking. I try to showcase my unique creations and my twists to some simple or traditional recipes.
What’s your Favourite FBC Feature?
Seven Spoons – I recently met Tara O'Brady through an event as a part of her book launch. It's inspiring to learn about the stories behind her hugely successful blog.
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