Meeting other people who love food as much as I do and learning from everyone taking part.
What motivated you to blog about food and how has food blogging changed your life?
My husband (Shake) has been suggesting I start a blog for years as a way to share recipes with friends and family and meet new people. We finally started a blog together last year just before we moved to France.
Do you blog full time or, if not, what’s your day job? What does your family/partner think of your blog?
After years of working in an office as an Accountant in Corporate Tax I now spend my days building towers, pretending to be a lion (or sometimes a dinosaur) but mostly making food (and a lot of mess!) with our 14 month old son. This wouldn’t be possible without the support of Shake, our hero.
What are your future aspirations for the blog? From where do you get inspiration and who taught you to cook?
I don’t have any specific future blog aspirations, I just want to continue to enjoy blogging. My mum has been a huge cooking influence for me, with her Persian background combined with many years of living in France and owning her own bakery. Food is a big deal in our family!
Which other food bloggers do you follow most closely? Tell us something you learned from reading blogs you probably wouldn’t know otherwise?
Chocolate and Zucchini was the first blog I ever followed and it is still one of my favourites to this day. If I am feeling good and healthy I spend time looking through Green Kitchen Stories (what a sweet family, too!) Lucid Food and Earthsprout. On a naughty day I will drool over recipes from Smitten Kitchen, Joy the Baker and David Lebovitz. For food porn it has to be What Katie Ate, Oh, Ladycakes or Not Without Salt. Reading food blogs has taught me how to make delicious treats for my son without feeling guilty – priceless.
Favourite food absolutely depends on my mood and the weather! Right now I am loving British asparagus and the sweetest strawberries in my fruit and vegetable box. We are trying not to dislike any food and instead find different ways to cook ingredients that may make them tastier for us. It’s a fun challenge, especially with cauliflower… Ultimate meal to date has to be our anniversary lunch at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons. Classic perfection. My last meal would be homemade and comforting, followed by some form of chocolate!
How many cookbooks do you own? Who is your favourite celebrity chef and and who is your favourite food writer? Why?
I own about 40 cookbooks and love each and every one. We try not to own too much of anything, but see cookbooks as an investment. Having said that there are so many recipes online that I use and would be lost without. We don’t have a TV so I don’t really know who counts as a celebrity chef these days. I did catch Ottolenghi’s Channel 4 show “Mediterranean Feast” though, does he count? I love all his work, especially as the herbs and spices used are those my Mum includes in her Persian cooking.
My friends would probably say my brownies are my signature dish, but I’d say my favourite recipe on the blog so far is my mayonnaise. Once you start making your own you’ll never want to buy a jar again!
Do you have a favourite kitchen tool/appliance? What’s the hottest item on your shopping list? (can be current foodie favourite or a desired gadget/book etc)
My favourite tool is my microplane. Simple but makes such a difference when zesting or grating hard cheeses. We make a lot of smoothies so one day I would love a Vitamix, but I think I’ll be waiting a long time for that!
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