Being new to blogging, I am looking forward to meeting fellow food bloggers as well as learning how to increase my blog’s reach and generate income.
I’m an expat in London (moved here for my husband’s job), so I’m currently not officially working, just raising my two daughters, exploring London, doing Bikram yoga, teaching cooking classes, preparing weekly meals for a few clients and blogging between it all!
I wanted to do something food-related and though I enjoy teaching cooking classes, they are only about every 6-8 weeks, so blogging is a way to keep me developing and sharing recipes on a weekly basis. Plus I enjoy writing, so this gets me writing more.
My ultimate blogging dream….short-term I would love to increase my readership and have it generate income. I actually did a cookbook nearly 10 years ago and would LOVE to do one again, so that’s probably my ultimate goal.
How do you plan to continue to grow and develop your blog? (your own cookbook, a supper club, restaurant, product line perhaps?)
As for blog post inspiration, it’s what I’m cooking each week for my family and that generally revolves around what I get in my weekly veg box and from there I peruse other blogs, Instagram, Pinterest. I also ask friends and family what recipes they’d like to see on the blog.
Pizza! I had a request to do a pizza cooking class and that completely transformed the way I make pizza. Prior to that I’d used the bread maker for the dough. Now I do a no-knead version, make my own tomato sauce and play around with ingredients. Could seriously eat it every day. Here’s my Best Lazy Margherita Pizza
I love Smitten Kitchen and In Jennie’s Kitchen. Food52 is another fav (I know that’s not a blog, but I link to other bloggers from there). I don’t follow many other bloggers regularly, but hoping to discover more bloggers at the conference.
How do you shop for food – supermarkets, farmer market, local shops, online etc?
I don’t have a car, so I do online with delivery. But supplement that with an almost daily trip to the local market and a stop or two a week at the butchers.
What’s the most unusual restaurant (not place) you have ever eaten at? Can be pop up, street food, UK or beyond…
Most unusual restaurant may be Kitchen Table in London. You pass through a hot dog joint to get to the most amazing, set-menu, fine dining restaurant. You’d never know it’s there.
How far have you travelled for the perfect steak/ burger/ curry/ xxxx?
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve dragged family and friends out of the way (or planned our day) around where we’re going to eat. Last time I remember was when we were in Vienna last month and we had to make about 3 tram changes to get to this heurigen (wine bar) that I was dying to try outside of town.
Last meal on earth would be steak tartare with some really good sourdough bread and a tomato and burrata salad.
What’s your idea of food hell?
My food hell involves processed cheese.
I own about 50 cookbooks. Most recent purchase was Ottolenghi’s “Plenty More”
The ones I go to time and time again are broad and cover many different types of cuisine, yet have simple and accessible recipes – the Gourmet cookbooks are probably my favorites.
On my wishlist would be doing a destination cooking class…anywhere!
I love travel and fashion blogs, in addition to food blogs. My lifestyle is totally shaped around food – what I’m eating/making for the next meal. And that’s probably why I blog, as it means so much to me. Blogging has changed my approach in the way that I make more varied things now as I can’t blog the same meal over and over again 🙂
To achieve a successful blog what comes first – the dishes, the styling, the photography or the words?
To be successful I definitely think the dishes come first. People may be attracted by the photography/styling, but if your recipes don’t work, people won’t come back
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