#FBC14 60 seconds with FBC Alumni Bloggers Cookie Cottage and Lavender and Lovage

We’re excited to welcome back two lovely FBC Alumni bloggers to #FBC14 – Meet Hazel and Karen!  

hazelTell us a bit about you and your blog.

Hi, I’m Hazel Hardijzer from Cookie Cottage – you can also find me at Twitter @hazelhardijzer or @cookiecottage.

Where are you coming from this year?

Netherlands

What are you most excited for at Food Blogger Connect this year?

I’m most excited to meet some foodiefriends I’ve met at last years FBC. I’m also looking forward to the great ambiance of food, bloggers, talks, tastings and exchanging experiences.

Tell us a bit about your buddy!

My buddy is Karen from Lavender and Lovage –  she’s a very kind and lovely lady whom I met last year at FBC5. She blogs about traditional English dishes and tea time treats and currently conquers a lot of paleo hearts with her 5:2 recipes. She recently helped me out with a crumpets recipe I knew how to fail twice. But trial and error make me develope my own perfect recipe which I’m now really proud of. It’s the little things in life that does it! : )

What is your favourite post by your buddy?

You have no idea of what your asking of me… there’s simply too much, but I’ll give it a try. Even though it’s way to early for this recipe now, I think a recipe for Elderflower cordial will be perfect in june while visiting FBC when the Elderflowers should be in bloom.  For a real warm, nice and wintery treat, check this recipe for slow cooked pulled pork.

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Tell us a bit about your blog.

My blog is mostly about home baking without dairy because my future husband is oversensitive to casein. I also write about discovering English, American and Australian dishes and sometimes I started my blog because I ran a webshop with imported English and American baking ingredients. Now I’m still developing my own style in writing and making foodphoto’s, in future I’d love to write cookbooks, I would start with a non-dairy cookbook which isn’t necessarily vegan. Inspiration comes to me from anyware. From reading cookbooks (old or modern), magazines, other foodblogs, watching programmes like Great British Bake Off or Masterchef and other similar programmes. Combining one left-over ingredient with other flavours and ingredients also sets me of with loads of ideas.

Which other food bloggers do you follow most closely?

I follow a lot of Dutch foodblogges since we have this little facebook community we all became a little closer. I like reading about the adventures of Ellen, a Dutch foodie who currently lives in LA , I also love hopping over to Etenuitdevolkstuin.   It’s from another Dutch foodie who writes about her kitchen garden and how to grow veggies and fruit in it. I really love the pictures she make’s of her food and her garden.

What’s your signature dish?

I recently made these hazelnut and chocolate chip cookies with chestnut flour. I really love their taste and structure and as a bonus they’re glutenfree and dairyfree.

Do you have a favourite kitchen tool/appliance?

My ultimate favourite appliance is my boretti oven, can’t live without it. In the second place that would be my Kitchenaid artisan mixer. Hottest item on my shopping list right now is a new blender.

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Hi, Karen, tell us a bit about you and your blog.

Karen S BBI blog at Lavender and Lovage (@KarenBurnsBooth) and I will be coming to #FBC14 from SW France.

What are you most excited for at Food Blogger Connect this year?

Meeting all my old and new blogging buddies! I have attended twice in the past!

Tell us a bit about your buddy!

I met my lovely buddy Hazel at last year’s FBC and we used to meet before the sessions in a local cafe, as well as in the pub at the end of the day!

What is your favourite post by your buddy?

I LOVE her gingerbread cookies in sticks, which you can all see here:  SO festive and such fun!

Tell us a bit about your blog!

My blog, Lavender and Lovage, specialises in family food, exciting new and original recipes, baking, seasonal ingredients and cooking traditional British cuisine throughout the seasons; travel is also covered as well as French lifestyle, French cooking, herbs, keeping chickens and gardening. I write and publish a daily post, develop my own recipes and take my own photographs.As a previously published food writer & recipe developer, I still work with majoy UK supermarkets and brands to create and write recipes. My recipes have also been featured in Good Food and Delicious magazines, as well as Country Kitchen and many other publications and online recipe sites.

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Which other food bloggers do you follow most closely?

You can see all the blogs I follow here : Although, it is by no means a definitive list and I try to update this at least once a month!

What’s your signature dish?

HARD question, but these are my family and friend’s favourite recipes that I make: Hot Smoked Salmon and Asparagus TerrinePumpkin, Kale and Walnut Galette with Pancetta and Onion Jam Cheese, Onion and Potato PastiesTraditional Cottage Pie with Cheesy Mash.

Do you have a favourite kitchen tool/appliance?

My Kenwood Mixer is my HOTTEST appliance and I have all the attachments too, for pasta making, peeling potatoes and a food processor – I LOVE it! BUT, I also LOVE my grandmother’;s old rolling pin…..it is my most TREASURED item in the kitchen.

Thanks!  Looking forward to seeing you both at #FBC14!

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