There's a great food bloggers challenge on at the moment, called Food Bloggers Unplugged. The aim is to learn a little more about the foodies we follow on Twitter or read about on their blogs. I was challenged by the oh so lovely Rebecca at Fasting Foodie. My blog is not a 'food blog' in its purest sense, but I do like to blog about cooking, so I guess it counts! Here is my entry:
What, or who inspired you to start a blog?
I had been thinking about blogging for a little while, although was concerned about being thought a narcissist if I actually started up my own. However, there was a time when I would come home from a day at work feeling frazzled and unhappy and I needed some form of escapism to allow me to be creative in a way that my day job doesn't. It was then that I decided to take the leap and learn some new skills and thought that blogging about them would keep my interest up. And I was right! I love blogging and learning from other people's creativity and inspiration. And I love the sense of community that is felt amongst bloggers worldwide. Blogging plays an important role in my life: it makes me happy!
Who is your foodie inspiration?
I have to agree with Rebecca on this one: Michel Roux Junior is a wee bit fabulous. I am inspired by passion and there is nobody on the planet who exudes passion about food in quite the same way that Chef Michel does.
Your greasiest, batter-splattered food/drink book is?
I love Jamie Oliver's cook books and they are probably my most used books. They are full of recipes that I know that I will be able to find the ingredients for and that I won't need all day to prepare. Real food for real people.
In terms of baking, my Great British Bake Off book is amongst my favourites. And I often use my ipad as a recipe book, using the BBC Good Food apps.
Tell us all about the best thing you have ever eaten in another country, where was it, what was it?
Oooh, this one's a toughy! Does Scotland count as another country? If so, it was the bread and butter pudding I ate at the Broadsheet Bistro in the Fraser Suites in Edinburgh. My husband and I were staying in the hotel for a romantic trip away, but I was recovering from a nasty cold and didn't want to go far for food. We decided to have food in the hotel's restaurant and I ordered the bread and butter pudding for desert. My, my, it was good! Fluffy, light and served with a delicious berry compote and custard. I was in heaven. It was so good that we went back the following night!
If you are ever in Edinburgh, do not be put off if the Broadsheet Bistro is quiet, as it was the nights we were there, the food is simply sublime. Go there.
Another food blogger’s table you’d like to eat at is?
I would be very happy to be served anything baked by Holly Bell from the Great British Bake Off. Her cakes look utterly divine!
What is the one kitchen gadget you would ask Santa for this year (money no object of course)?
Not so much a gadget, but I'd love love love a Le Creuset casserole. Surely anything cooked in there would taste just beautiful?!
Who taught you how to cook?
Nobody really. I guess my mum instilled a few skills, but we were never a family that spent time cooking together (although we ate together around the table every night). I have learnt a lot from watching cookery programmes and trying new recipes from books with good pictures! I guess that's why I still see myself as a learner - I learn with every dish I attempt.
I’m coming to you for dinner. What’s your signature dish?
Probably roast chicken with all the trimmings. But I also make a mean mushroom lasagne, so veggies are catered for too!
What is your guilty food pleasure?
Really good fish and chips! But they need to be properly brilliant and not in the least bit soggy. There is a fish and chip shop in Salcombe in Devon that always has a queue out of the door in the summer months, with good reason. Fish and chips on a sea wall cannot be beaten!
Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn?
I am a fearful cook. I am always so determined to make everything perfect at the first attempt, that I often get myself in a pickle and get very upset if it doesn't go to plan. Luckily, I know how silly this is so get over it pretty quickly, but it can be problematic if I'm making dinner for friends.
The next nominees are:
I think the foodie bloggers I know have done this already. So, I won't be nominating. However, if you fancy having a go at answering the questions, do so on your blog and link in the comments below. I'd love to see your answers.