From Sydney to London! Meet @TheRoastedFennel Collective at #FBC15!

Meet Jacqueline, Australian blogger behind The Roasted Fennel Collective (@roastedfennel) attending FBC for the first time!
JaxWhat are you looking forward to learning and enjoying at FBC this year?

This year I’m really looking forward to hearing from GK Stories…that is a dream comes true in itself. I’m really looking forward to enjoying all the good food at the street party and discovering new producers.

What first motivated you to blog and how has blogging changed your life?

Blogging has completely changed my life. At the beginning of this year I made the decision to move from sunny Sydney to be with my partner in the UK. During that transition of moving away from family, friends, work and a stable life, I found myself reading food blogs that brought comfort and refuge. Being allured by the beautiful photography, delicious recipes, I would find peace in reading the methodology of a recipe and felt more inspired each day to create my own. Faced with the obstacles of finding work in a foreign country, designing and creating my blog was the only chance I had to be creative. Now, I wake up first thing in the morning, thinking about recipes, travel destination and stories that can be added to my blog. It’s also been a great way for my friends and family back home keep up with my busy life and know that I’m still alive.

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What’s your signature dish? 

There are too many dishes that could possibly be my signature dish. However, I did create an exquisite plum and cherry tart that was inspired by a recent anniversary dinner. I think this reflects all the elements that I love- tart summer fruits, sweet frangipane, thick full fat yoghurt to serve and of course inspired by a dessert that I shared with a person that I love.

If you had to eat one country’s traditional dish for a year, what would it be? 

BAKLAVA!!!!!!!!! I ate baklava every day for 3 whole months whilst I was living in Amman, Jordan and I still crave it like nothing else!

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Celebrity chefs who use their profile for the greater good or to make us all eat healthily – is that a good thing or an annoying publicity stunt? 

No, I absolutely love that celebrity chefs can bring about influence and change, through what they know best. They are passionate about food and decided they wanted to make a career out of it, so they should be able to use their career achievements to help influence society for the greater good.

What’s on your wish-list right now? (Could be a gadget, appliance, ingredient/product, book, restaurant, course, travel destination etc)

Eeek….how long can my wish-list be? I will simplify it – everything from Kitchenshop for cooking purposes and everything from Anthropolgie for my cookbook collection!

To achieve a successful blog what comes first – the dishes, the styling, the photography or the words?

What makes a successful blog is the story. I follow blogs that have stunning photos with enticing recipes but the blogs which have influenced me greatly, are the ones that have a story that speak directly to the heart. There has to be a purpose on why you are communicating stunning photos, that are exquisitely styled and taste divine; and if you can find a reason why you are doing it then you know it will be a success.

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