60 Seconds with UK Blogger @TwoAprons Attending #FBC15

We are so excited to welcome #FBC15 attendee Katie Walter behind Two Aprons (@twoaprons2) from Surrey joining for the first time! Get to know more about her here before the conference and join us this September for a full weekend of fun, learning and connecting!!
franz-ferdinand-at-somerset-house0011-e1413898740669What are you looking forward to learning and enjoying at FBC this year?
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.
Is blogging your full time job? If not, what is your day job? Tell us a bit about what you get up to when you’re not working on your blog – your work, family life, projects, hobbies…
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!
What first motivated you to blog and how has blogging changed your life?
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.
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What’s your ultimate blogging dream – where do you plan to take it in the future? What are your future aspirations – both for the blog and for any related activity?
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.

p1100995What’s your signature dish? If you want us to feature your favourite recipe from your own blog, include the link here!
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 
Which other bloggers do you follow most closely?
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.

im-going-toHow 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.

If you had to eat one country’s traditional dish for a year, what would it be?
If I had to eat one country’s traditional dish for a year it would definitely be Italian.
What would be your last meal on earth?
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.

How many cookbooks do you own? What cookbooks have you added to your collection recently? Which cookbook do you return to time and time again?
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.
Do you have a favourite kitchen tool or appliance – either a new addition or a trusted old favourite? 
Favorite tools are my lemon juicer and microplane – hands down. Don’t think I’ve done a cooking class without them.
What’s on your wish-list right now? (Could be a gadget, appliance, ingredient/product, book, restaurant, course, travel destination etc)
On my wishlist would be doing a destination cooking class…anywhere!
q2-8JIWd_400x400What other influences or interests would you say make for a great food blog – travel, fashion, tech, lifestyle? How is your lifestyle shaped by food? How is your lifestyle shaped by blogging? Does blogging shape your approach to food and what you eat now?
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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