Making Bellies Happy

Do you have a food blog? You probably do, since they’re everywhere. Excuse the bitterness, I actually love food blogs and I’m just jealous that I haven’t come up with an original one with a witty name. Maria Sisci, however, a second year studying economics, has. Happy Belly is a blog with a simple goal: making people feel good through delicious, diverse and accessible recipes. The selection is amazing – on a recent peruse of the website I found recipes for raw brownies, Moroccan roasted chicken and homemade Nutella. On top of this amazing contribution to the world, the blog is clearly laid out with great pictures, informative instructions and interesting categories like ‘Finger Food and Snacks’, ‘Bread’, and ‘How To’s’.  In a short interview with Maria, I got the story behind the inspiration and goals of Happy Belly…

When did you start Happy Belly and what inspired you to do so?
I discovered my passion for cooking and my addiction to food blogs in my first year, and since then starting a food blog had always been in the back of my mind. I never really thought about it until one cold, windy Scottish night. After hours of struggling with Economics, I was on the verge of losing my sanity and needed a form of procrastination other than Facebook – so I started my food blog. Needless to say, I didn’t pass that Economics test the following day. Exact date of first blog entry: 28/10/11.

What would you say is the aim of Happy Belly?
I believe food should make people happy, whether it’s by eating it, cooking it, reading about it, or just looking at it.  For me, nothing makes me happier than having people enjoy my food.  As the name suggests, I just want to make bellies happy.

Do you write all of the recipes?
Pretty much, unless explicitly specified.

Is there a theme to the recipes or is it whatever you feel like?
It’s pretty much whatever I feel like. I have a simple food philosophy – food should be healthy, affordable and sustainable.

Do you want to pursue a career in the food industry?
I’d love to work for an organisation like Slow Food or Jamie’s Food Revolution that promotes the same kind of food philosophy that I believe in. I’d also love to open up a little hipster café with fake-vintage furniture and overpriced drinks.  Or even better: be a caterer. Unfortunately I’ll probably just end up with a soul-sucking corporate job that will, however, pay for a wonderful kitchen and equipment allowing me to cook as much as possible in my spare time.  

Take a look at Happy Belly yourself, or visit its Facebook Page.

Images sourced from Happy Belly. Compiled by Jenni Dimmock.