60 seconds with Jemma of For The Love of Food
Today we are meeting the lovely Jemma Chambers from England. Jemma is the food blogger behind For The Love of Food
Any comical kitchen failures? Too many. Last week I put 125ml maple syrup in my tea, that wasn’t fun. It was meant to go in a cake. I once tried to make a chocolate pudding with a whole orange in the middle. I was 19, at uni, ingredients cost a fortune. It looked and smelt delicious and my house mates and I were drooling. I put the knife in and the steam in the orange must have made it explode at that point. Chocolate and oranges everywhere (being students, not a morsel went to waste!).
What would your last meal be? Dad’s tomato soup, Mums roast beef with all the trimmings followed by Black Forest Gateaux.
Do you blog full time? What’s your day job? Sadly not. I work in IT, about 50 hours a week – on a good week! It’s a hard job and blogging is my respite, my creative outlet.
Future aspirations for the blog? More followers. I have many hits but only a few followers (it’s only 2 months old at the time of writing this!) and I’m dying to know if people like what they see. I’d also, one day, love to do it full time and write a cookery book. It’s been the dream since I discovered food.
What does your family/partner think of your blog? My husband loves it! He wants me to quit my job and make something of it. I really, truly couldn’t ask for someone more encouraging. My parents are a little dismissive; I have a good job and a pension, so why would I want to do something else? But I know if I did I would have their support 100% and they’d be proud of me whatever I did. Most of my friends don’t know about my blog…. perhaps I should tell them!
Who taught you to cook? I learnt through my mum, dad, mamma and nanna. I also learnt what not to do through my day! But their ways and recipes are very traditional. Most of what I have learnt over and above has been through trial, error, reading and pure enthusiasm.
What’s the hottest item on your shopping list? (can be current foodie favourite or a desired gadget/book etc). James Martin! He’s hot ;-). Other than him (drool), An ice cream maker. I have a hankering for strawberry and black pepper sorbet…
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