60 seconds with Lavender and Lovage from France

Meet Karen Burns-Booth, the food blogger behind Lavender and Lovage (@KarenBurnsBooth) from North Yorkshire and SW France. 

What’s the hottest item on your shopping list?
I want, NO… I NEED a Kenwood Chef!

What would your last meal be?
Fish and Chips, out of newspaper, with salt and vinegar and a pickled onion!

Any comical kitchen failures?
The tale of the magic overflowing sour dough starter, that flowed out of the kilner jar and was making its way to the pantry before I caught it an contained it!

What’s the next big thing that’s going to hit the food scene?
Baking has come and is still around and I think that bread is making a comeback – ARTISAN bread though; not commercial bread.

What celebrity or celebrity chef would you most like to break bread with? Why?
Nigel Slater! We are the same age – he writes in a style that as I aspire to write, his recipes are honest and seasonal, with no fancy frills, BUT they are HUGELY innovative and they always work. I LOVE his manner and personality, and he has an unassuming passion that is unpretentious…..AND most importantly he is a Malcolm Saville fan too, as I was when I was younger.

 

What are you most looking forward to about #FBC12
I am loving the idea of meeting other food bloggers that I “know” and chat with online, as well as learning more about food blogging and the opportunities that arise from writing a blog via the lectures and workshops.

Do you blog full time? What’s your day job?
I blog full time and I also write and develop recipes professionally.

What motivated you to blog about food?
I used to write for a major UK food magazine, Country Kitchen, but sadly they closed last year due to the recession, so, in order to continue with my recipe developing and writing, I started a food blog last June 2011 and have NOT looked back! I am back writing professionally for a living, as well developing recipes to numerous major UK brands, and I am also loving the freedom of writing what I like on my blog too.

Where do you get inspiration from?
The seasons, my heritage, traditional recipes, the countryside, my grandmother, my mother, what is growing in my herb garden or potager……..and local artisans and  markets.

How has food blogging changed your life?
It has given me so many opportunities to meet amazing people in the food industry, a chance to work with lovely brands and also, chances to attend fabulous press events too.

Tell us something you learned from reading blogs you probably wouldn’t know otherwise?
How to set up Giveaways and market my blog.

Which other food bloggers do you follow most closely?
I follow many food bloggers, I actually follow about 200+, but my daily favourites are my “chums”, they are mainly British food bloggers in the main and cover everything from veggie food to gourmet grub!

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18 Responses to 60 seconds with Lavender and Lovage from France

  1. (@bloggerconnect) (@bloggerconnect) September 8, 2012 at 8:52 am #

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  2. (@mycustardpie) (@mycustardpie) September 8, 2012 at 8:52 am #

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  3. Beckie Smith (@beesloveteas) September 8, 2012 at 8:57 am #

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  5. @Lavender and Lovage (@KarenBurnsBooth) September 8, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

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  8. Karen September 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm #

    Thanks for featuring me in your 60 seconds blog! It;s my first time at FBC and I am looking forward to it very much. Karen

  9. (@Bethanykd) (@Bethanykd) September 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm #

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  10. @Lavender and Lovage (@KarenBurnsBooth) September 8, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    RT @bloggerconnect: Meet the lovely full time food blogger @KarenBurnsBooth at #FBC12 28-30 Sept http://t.co/adURA5IT

  11. Marica September 8, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Can’t wait to known you!!! Ciao, marica

    • Karen October 1, 2012 at 10:04 am #

      Now we have met! LOVED spending time with you Marika!

  12. Laura@howtocookgoodfood September 8, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    What a lovely interview Karen. Although I already know you, I always enjoy a chance to catch up with you. I will be coming to the Saturday FBC so hope to see you there as well as at my house soon xx

    • Karen October 1, 2012 at 10:07 am #

      Thanks Laura, LOVELY to see you on Saturday, see you at Christmas time I hope!

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  15. kellie@foodtoglow September 9, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    So looking forward to meeting Karen, and many other of the UK (and more far-flung) food writers/bloggers that I worship from afar. Great to know a little more about you, Karen. Similar disaster with a Herman starter 😀

    • Karen October 1, 2012 at 10:09 am #

      YAY! We have met in the flesh so to speak and I am so pleased to have spent time with you over the weekend Kellie! xxxx

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