My name is Niamh. Now, don’t panic, it is just a name (an Irish one at that), and you pronounce it Knee-uv. I am Irish based in London, a scientist turned food writer via a career in New Media. I started this blog in 2007, and well, that was it.
I travel for much of my time. I adore it. Food & travel brings me much joy. I love to meet people when I travel, learn their recipes, eat in their restaurants and wander their streets. When not wandering, I can be found in my kitchen or in a restaurant, possibly a wine bar too. Ok, often a wine bar, and I love a bit of karaoke action every now and then :)
Most of the recipes are my own, some are shown to me on my travels (if this is the case I say so), occasionally some are from books that I enjoy. If you try them I would love to hear how it goes.
I am often asked, why the name Eat Like a Girl? The answer is simple. Why should eating like a girl be a bad thing? Don’t we eat too? Real food, delicious food, food that is packed with flavour?
We do. And that is what I share here. Recipes for food that you will want to cook at home and that will cheer your lunch box and your evenings. Trustworthy restaurant recommendations to help you plan your social outings. I have eaten at hundreds of restaurants since starting this blog. I also write travel stories and recommendations for where you should eat, where you should stay and what you should bring home when you travel. You can read my editorial policy here.
This is my space, and I share it with you, happily. Welcome! Make yourself at home. Shall I put the kettle on?
If you are interested in speaking to me about some freelance writing or blogging, I would love to talk to you, email me on email@example.com. I have written for many people, including Guardian Travel, Stylist Magazine & Ocado Magazine.
I also work on partnership / sponsored projects on Eat Like a Girl with brands that are a good fit. Recent examples are: Gourmio: the Authentic Italian Recipe and Ingredient Delivery Service, Road Testing the Tefal Cuisine Companion (and one to Giveaway Worth £750), Kitchen Essentials Giveaway! Le Creuset Casserole, Thermapen, Microplane & More, 48 Hours in Dublin (And Where to Eat & Drink).
I am available for hire for private cooking classes and tours. I have developed cooking classes for food brands for the media and the public and I have hosted visiting media on food tours of London for travel brands.
Lets talk! :)
I have written a cookbook (with a stonking 157 recipes in it), which was published in 2011 by Quadrille. It is called Comfort & Spice, and is available in some bookshops and on Amazon. It is only available as a physical book at the moment. People said “the writing is inspired… the food is double inspired… here is a book that has been lived in: it’s funny, smart and real, just like the grub it lovingly describes.” (John & Sally McKenna’s Guides, 2011)
I am working on my second book, Project: BACON, all about bacon sweet / savoury / home curing / drinks.
If you want to get in touch about anything here please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for popping by! :)
I love snapchat. Free and easy and fun and a perfect place to share short videos of my recipes, London adventures and travels. Come find me using my snapcode, or username (eatlikeagirl).
I love twitter too! You can find short bites from me on there all the time, sharing everyday things, and interesting links, and generally just chatter. Come chat with me! (@eatlikeagirl)
Ah instagram! For the visually inclined I share my best and most interesting pics from the day. Homecooking, London eats and travels. Come join me! (@eatlikeagirl).
Of course I am on Facebook! My blog has a page and on there I share all things interesting, and fun, and also everything new from the blog. If you are on facebook, come like my page so that you can get fresh updates!
I made No 52 in the Top 100 list of all people in food in the UK (across the board including chefs, tv personalities, supermarkets etc.). Full details on Telegraph Hill.
OFM Best Food Blog, 2011
Niamh Shields is a food writer, and one of the UK’s best known food bloggers. Her blog eatlikeagirl.com is a foodie’s delight, featuring original recipes inspired by her travels and some of her favourites from cook books, with plenty of gratuitous “food porn” photos. Follow Niamh if you’re an aspiring chef, love to cook, or are just a big fan of food (that’ll be us, then).
One of two blogs that were highly commended in the Observer Food Monthly Awards in October 2010.
Niamh Shields shares do-able recipes and takes her integrity seriously.
An overdue mention of Niamh Shields Eat Like a Girl – not that she really needs one: she’s one of the UK’s best known food bloggers and was recently listed by the Times among their 40 bloggers who really count. I’m not sure how she finds time to work as she’s always popping off to have lunch for her new Posh Lunch Club feature, or going to tastings or writing up recipes or running a market stall or masterminding last year’s famous Blaggers’ Banquet but she’s a great girl.
40 Bloggers Who Really Count. The Times, May 1st 2010.
Primarily a cookery blog – if you’re after a recipe for slow-roast wild boar belly, look no further – but lately London-based Shields, who describes the blog as a “monument to pleasure and weight gain”, has been doing a lot of eating out. Recently, she organised a female-only carnivores’ night at Hawksmoor in Spitalfields (“Girl’s Just Wanna Have Steak!”).
Best of the Blogs. The Times, April 8th, 2010.
Niche: Obsessive food shenanigans from London-based Irish blogger Niamh Shields.
Log on: A heady mix of reviews, home cooking and community food initiatives.
Recent posts: Meaty reports from the first “girls’ steak night” at Hawksmoor and a butchery class at Allens of Mayfair. Photo-seasoned Posh Lunch Club reviews of Quo Vadis and the Ledbury.
Top tip: “Before roasting, pour some boiling water over the scored pork belly skin to encourage fantastic crackling.”
Taster: Gastro fun is the main theme. Popular recipes include roasted pork belly and courgette carbonara.
Most commented: Despite all the carnivorous capers, ELAG’s “veggie days” recipe for butternut squash, chickpea and spinach curry gets the thumbs-up from dozens of readers.
Top 10 food blogs from around the world, The Times, November 27, 2008.
More like “Eat Like a Baby Elephant” as Irish ex-pat Niamh Shields shares delicious recipes on the few occasions she is not dining out.
Listed in The Independent in June 2009 as Grub 2.0 food blogs to devour.
Eat Like a Girl
Great for: home cooking
Niamh Shields, an Irish ex-pat in London, writes witty and personal recipes for everything from chorizo burgers to Israeli couscous with onion squash, haricot beans and pumpkin seeds. Even her photos of each dish are enough to make the mouth water.
Listed on Time Out’s list of “London’s Best Food Blogs and Websites” in February 2009.
Inspiring recipes from London-based Irish blogger Niamh. There are a few restaurant reviews, but we come for the home cooking – the majority of the recipes are Niamh’s own. If you’re stuck for ideas, check out the post on Israeli couscous with onion squash, haricot beans and pumpkin seeds.
Log on because we’re not the only ones who rate it – ELAG was voted as one of the best food blogs in the world by the Times Online site.
She says ‘If you want me to do anything, bribe me with pork belly.’
Featured on “Best of the Web” in Saveur, August 2009.