Dylan with some home baked Victoria Sponges Dylan with some home baked Welsh Cakes

Cracking Good Recipes

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Dylan SuperCandyLiciousI'm always busy cooking and trying out new recipes at home! I try to cook the family meal three times a week. My favourite recipes are Sweet and Sour Chicken Curry, and Smoked Haddock & Sweet Potato fish cakes. I like to cook fish and especially enjoy it with Samphire.

I have a small business 'SuperCandyLicious' which I run at school fairs. I sell retro-style sweets and also have a chocolate fountain and candy floss machine which is really popular and which can be hired out with myself to run it. I had a bread maker for my birthday last year and enjoy making fresh bread for family and friends - I call it Flour Power!

Whenever I run a stall I donate a percentage of my profits to a local charity. Previous charities have included 'Moggies in Need' and the 1st Johnston Scout Group.

Cracking Good Recipes was my first Crowdfunding project. I raised £1250 for the Wallace and Gromit's Children's Charity by selling my recipe books. I managed to sell all of them! The book was full of all my seasonal recipes.

food for thought recipe bookMy second Crowdfunding project is called 'Food For Thought'. I raised 100% of the target amount to cover the costs of getting the book and passports printed. It is a book with international recipes from across the world and includes a 'food passport' with information about the countries and stickers. All money from sales of the book go to Action Against Hunger. The book is priced £7.95 which includes the food passport. You can order your copy here.

 

I have been going to lots of events, especially food festivals (my favourite!) to help sell my books. Here are some photographs from these events:

Press Launch at Eds Easy Diner Cardiff Dylan at Haverfoodfest Dylan interviewed on stage at Haverfoodfest llangwm literary festival Sea2Shore with Alana Spencer Swansea Street Food Festival Dylan at Narberth Food Festival

Dylan meeting Raymond Blanc

I love to visit the BBC Good Food Show. I was so lucky to be able to watch chef Raymond Blanc in the Supertheatre kitchen and to meet him afterwards. He signed a copy of his book for me and I gave him a copy of my first book too! I am going to his cookery school at Le Manoir in Oxford in October - I can't wait!

lemon cafe for wateraidI have done lots of fundraising since I was very young including a 5 mile bike ride when I was 4 years old, holding a tea party, making reindeer food, running a lemonade stand, and holding a bake sale.

In 2015 I ran a pop-up Lemon Cafe in my local village hall during the summer holidays to raise money for WaterAid. It was a lot of work but I really enjoyed it and would like to do it again some time.