A culinary ode to Beyonce is what first caught my eye. An appreciation for food that’s equal parts beautiful and ooey-gooey comfort was the other. I stumbled upon both in Holly Haines’ Instagram feed, and that’s how I knew this was a gal I should be following.
Holly is a self-proclaimed “foodmaker” who shares her recipes on FMITK (From My Impossibly Tiny Kitchen) and has been featured on FoodandWine.com, thanks in part to her wildly popular Pretzky Bun recipe (a pretzel meets a sticky bun). If that shouldn’t give you a clue about her creative twist on things, then take a look at this Beyonce-themed dinner party she cooked up. Drunk in Rub chicken wings, anyone?
Today Holly talks about why feeding people is so special and people-watching…among other things.
Name: Holly Haines
Neighborhood: University Heights, San Diego
Job: Foodmaker @ FMITK.com
What did you eat for breakfast today?
Coffee. I’m horrible at eating breakfast, but it’s something I’m trying to work on this year.
What’s the best thing about your job?
Experimenting with different flavors and spices, then getting to share those experiments with the people I love. Feeding people is my higher vibration.
The food fails. Nothing hurts more than looking forward to a dish and having it turn out horribly.
How do you tackle a creative block?
I usually meditate. Or try to focus on something completely different—that’s when a spark of inspiration usually happens.
What are you currently reading?
The Professional Chef—it’s the textbook used at the Culinary Institute of America. There are so many technical terms I have yet to learn!
What’s your favorite spot in San Diego and why?
My favorite spot is anywhere with delicious coffee and people-watching.
What was the most awesome thing about today?
Waking up and breathing. The day exists, and so do I… that’s awesome enough for me.
Photo Credit: Mikee Catacutan