SHE is well-known for setting the catwalks of Limerick on fire with her stunning good looks but what many people don’t know is that model Becky Costello loves to cook up a storm in the kitchen.
The 21-year-old University of Limerick student is enjoying a growing fanbase thanks to her foodie blog – Becky’s Buns.
“I just love food, that’s why I started it and I love how food brings people together - the social aspect,” the Kilmallock girl said this week.
And she had the perfect opportunity to showcase her growing culinary skills on Christmas Day when she prepared the most important meal of the year as a present to her mum Susan. “It was fantastic – we stayed traditional - turkey and ham and Brussels sprouts – we are a fan of Brussels sprouts in this house. I had a request from my brother to make the bread and butter pudding that’s on my blog and also a white chocolate and toffee pecan cheesecake.”
Preparations in the Costello house began in earnest on Christmas Eve with the prepping of the vegetables the boiling of the ham. “That’s actually my favourite part of the dinner – the honey baked ham with honey mustard,” said Becky who was cooking for seven – her mum Susan, dad Joe, brothers Aaron and Adam and the two dogs Coco and Holly.
However, Becky’s relationship with the oven has been a slow burner – her junior certificate home economics exam didn’t exactly go to plan. “I was so bad at cooking in my teenage years - I was terrible,” she confessed.
“I remember for my junior cert I actually burnt the soup for my exam – it was mushroom soup. It boiled over and everything. I thought ‘thank God I never have to do anything like that ever again’,” she laughed.
However, Becky put the incident behind her and two years ago returned to the kitchen. “It started with cupcakes and it grew from there. I’m quite creative – that’s where it stems from – it’s just another way to express myself.” The self-confessed foodie decided to share her love of cooking through her blog which she started in August.
The new venture coincided with a new academic journey- Becky went back to college in September to study English and History in UL. “I thought the blog would be a good way to practice writing and I like cooking and baking so it has worked out well. I try to make something once every weekend. Since I have been on holidays I have done a lot more just because I have more spare time. Usually, between doing fashion shows with Celia and college assignments I don’t have as much time,” she explained.
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