at the table with Holly from FMITK

Recently I had an awesome opportunity to meet Holly from FMITK, and as a fellow chef in a tiny kitchen I was so impressed with her sweet spirit and fun style. Y'all, she's a gem! I discovered we had more in common with our mutual love of salmon sushi and pretzels. I make pretzels every year for Super Bowl and can't wait to try one of her recipes this year!

image by Mikee Catacutan

How did you learn to cook/start cooking? I’ve cooked all my life, but I didn’t really start taking it seriously and creating my own recipes until a few years ago. I started by just posting pictures on instagram with the hashtag #frommyimpossiblytinykitchen, then people kept asking me for recipes, so I finally hunkered down and got my site together - fmitk.com

What does a day in the life of Holly Haines look like? A day in the life of Holly usually involves coffee, staring at a computer screen for hours on end (my day job is in web design), then going home to cook experimental things to make up for the fact that I just spent 8 hours staring at a screen. I make bread on particularly “bad” days, the kneading is therapeutic. 

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be? This is so tough. SO TOUGH. The one thing I could eat every day and never tire of is sushi, so probably a salmon, lemon and avocado maki roll. I’m going to regret saying this in 10 minutes and change my mind, but let’s go with that for now. 

If you could have brunch with any woman (dead or alive), who would it be and what would you order? I’d have brunch with Christina Tosi so I could pick her brain about sweet things! I’ll have a coffee, a ginger mimosa,  braised shortrib sweet potato hash and eggs, over medium. Also, something sweet to end the meal. I think “breakfast dessert” needs to be a thing. 

image by Holly 

What has been your proudest moment in the kitchen? My proudest moment thus far has been my adventures in pretzeling things. I’ve experimented with pretzeling doughnutspretzel bread pudding, and my favorite pretzel experiment of them all, the Pretzky BunIt’s not the easiest recipe, nor the quickest, but when I tell you it’s soooo woooorth ittttt, I’m not just pulling your leg.