Becca (@amuseyrbouche) from Hertfordshire is the face behind the beautiful vegetarian food blog, Amuse Your Bouche. We grabbed 60 seconds to grill her on her thoughts about blogging, her dreams for the future and what she makes of celebrity chefs…
Is blogging your full time job?
I blog at Amuse Your Bouche full-time, along with related freelance work such as recipe development and food writing. The transition into blogging full-time was a gradual one – I had a very flexible job beforehand, so I gradually cut down my hours until I stopped it altogether.
I’m a total workaholic so I devote a lot of time to my work – but when I force myself to have a bit of time off, I like to play with my new puppy, go out for dinner with my husband (so someone else can cook for a change!), and see my friends.
What’s your ultimate blogging dream?
My ultimate dream would be to produce my own cookbook, maybe even a series of cookbooks! But really, as long as I can continue to support myself doing work that I love, that’s the dream for me.
What’s your signature dish?
I’m not sure I have a signature dish – since I need to cook new things every day for my work, I don’t have much chance to resort to an old favourite! But I adore Mexican food, so I suppose my veggie burrito bowls are one of my favourites, and they’re also one of the most popular recipes on my blog.
It would definitely be a proper Italian pizza. I never, ever get sick of pizza. It would be good if I could mix it up with some pasta occasionally too though! Failing that, Mexican food is always a winner.
Celebrity chefs who use their profile for the greater good or to make us all eat healthily – is that a good thing or an annoying publicity stunt?
I love it when celebrity chefs use their fame for good. I think Jamie Oliver has done a great job raising awareness of the importance of feeding our kids healthy meals – and he also shows that cooking a healthy meal doesn’t need to take a long time. I don’t care if it started as a publicity stunt; he’s done a lot of good and deserves all the publicity he gets!
What would you say makes for a successful blog?
I don’t think there’s one most important factor that makes a good food blog. The recipes, the writing and the photography all go together to make a food blog great – people visit because of the photos, stay for the engaging writing, and come back again another time when they’ve tried a recipe successfully!
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