The Jealous Crumpet

A sweet little blog


Sarah M. Bélanger

I am a professional writer, food photographer and beer blogger, who works for a wide variety of publications. I’ll be honest, I’m a pretty terrible cook (did you know mushrooms are flammable! If you leave them on the stovetop long enough they are) so this blog forces me to learn some culinary skills, which is both thrilling and infuriating. I work with Chef Torie Cox who patiently develops recipes that even the inept like me can repeat.

I recently was ordered by a doctor (well 4 doctors actually) to give up the gluten (NOOOOO!!!). I always hated on gluten-free diet obsession, so this is karma’s way of kicking me in the face for not being more sensitive to people who cannot eat gluten.  Alas, many of my future recipes will be gluten free.

Torie Cox

Torie contributes some of the tasty recipes found on the blog. She has been cooking since her grandmother gave her a set of measuring spoons at the age of 5.

Raised in the South but trained by French pastry chefs in Chicago, Torie’s love of baking really shines in her recipes. She also has quite an affinity for craft beer and fine whiskey.


We hope you enjoy reading the blog, half as much as we enjoy making it.



17 thoughts on “About

  1. Oh dear…we do British, obviously, but our photography is in it’s infancy…as is our presentation. However, we are learning so any feedback greatly appreciated. We got our first dslr for Christmas, so hopefully we will improve! Thx for the follow:-)

    • For just starting out your stuff looks amazing. I myself am new to baking, so I would love advice about that topic. I know when I first entered the world of food photography (I was trained as a photojournalist) my life got much easier when I bought a tripod. The tripod was super cheap, but I learned a lot about lighting once I could slow down my shutter speed. Also, and no one likes this advice, read your camera manual cover to back. I learned a ton this way. I’m really looking forward to following your blog. I am in love with British cuisine, at least the idea of British cuisine, it’s hard to come by in the States. 😉

  2. Fun! Really great photography. If you are ever in L.A., let’s shoot some food!

  3. Thanks for the follow on my blog! Your photography from what I have seen so far looks incredible! Looking forward to seeing more of your work! Farianti 😊

  4. Thank you for visiting and following my blog. I’m glad to have discovered yours as well. 🙂

  5. Hi Sarah, I hope your day is going very well! I wanted to reach to you to help me promote iFest5: 5th Annual International festival of North Alabama, September 27th @UAH. I know you are one of the most beloved bloggers of our area and I think it will be very interesting for your followers to know a little bit more about this event that promotes multicultural diversity and celebrates our international heritage and community.
    iFest features:

    * Worldwide Country Exhibitions, featuring Cultural Artifacts, Flags, Travel/Historic Literature,
    Handicrafts, Native Apparel, Maps, Educational Videos, Pictures and so much more!
    (inside UFC-University Fitness Center)
    *FREE, Hands-on Childrenʼs Activities (inside UFC-University Fitness Center)
    * International Open Air Market, showcasing local international food vendors, handicraft, arts and Food trucks!
    (on the grass area next to the UFC, next to/connecting to Holmes)
    * A wealth of Global Performances, from Folk Dance and Traditional Instrumentals to Ethnic Song and Martial Arts!
    (on the grass area next to the UFC, next to/connecting to Holmes)

    I can send you the official Press release with more in detail info if you can provide me your email.

    Thank you in advance for your support!

    Have a super fantastic weekend!

    Tessy Cabrera
    Volunteer iFest5
    International society of Huntsville

    • Sorry for my late reply. It has been pretty crazy this month (and last and the month before…) but I do love supporting any local events. Please send me the press release and I’ll see what I can do.

  6. Hi Sarah: I’d like to extend an invitation to you to visit Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant next Thursday November 13th at 11.30 a.m.
    We serve Tex-Mex food that includes: chimichangas, burritos, fajitas, tacos, specialties dishes, lunch and dinner combinations with a professional, friendly and attentive customer service.
    Also we have added new dishes like Butterfly shrimp or shrimp brochette as well as a menu of authentic Mexican and some Latin American dishes on weekends like: Caldo de res (beef broth), mondongo (tripe stew), mojarra fita with patacones, (wholefried fish with plantains) etc.

    Recently we have received our liquor license ( first restaurant in Madison County to obtain this) and started to serve delicious margaritas and other cocktails from Latin America like: Caipirinha from Brazil, Coquito from Puertorico, Sangria from Spain, Pisco sour from Peru among others. For more information about our new menu, you can check our web page:

    We’ll be delighted to have you at Mi Casa, if you can please confirm your attendance at:

    Kind regards,

    Tessy Cabrera.
    Mi Casa 53.
    5850 Hwy 53. Harvest-AL
    P: 256. 851.3527
    C: 305.898.9552

  7. Thanks for following my blog! Great photos.

  8. Excited to see what’s coming up for restaurant week! 🙂

  9. Have you ever encountered a crumpet in Huntsville?

    • Keith-They’re hard to find, but I have encountered them here (the inferior frozen variety) several times. Huntsville is weirdly international city so we have a wide variety of fare not typically found in the rest of the state. I do love them when I can find them!

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