Meet Kimberley Welsh the blogger behind A Health Matter at #FBC15

Today we focus on Kimberley Welsh who blogs at A Health Matter (@ahealthmatter). Kimberley is passionate about healthy eating and nutrition and reflects this in both her job and her blog. We asked her a few questions to get to know her better:

What are you looking forward to learning and enjoying at FBC this year?
I am looking forward to meeting other food bloggers, from restaurant reviews, to vegan bakers. I want to hear other peoples inspiring stories and hopefully make some friends along the way.
I’m also really looking forward to learning more about food photography and writing reviews. I currently take my own photos and write reviews, but I still have so much to learn.

Is blogging your full time job? If not, what is your day job?
I work part time as a natural remedies adviser and spend the rest of my time working on my blog. I hope to one day turn my blog into my career, but in the mean time, I love to advise others on health and well being, so I am very happy with the set I have at the moment.

Tell us a bit about what you get up to when you’re not working on your blog
In my spare time I am usually reading New Scientist magazine or painting something on a large canvas. I can’t decide if I am more of an artist or a scientist! I have a BSc in Mathematics, and a diploma in Fine Art, so who really knows, maybe I’m both!

What first motivated you to blog and how has blogging changed your life?
I built up to courage to start my blog after watching my best friend build her own blog. She creates vlogs based on computer games and its become a real success! Remembering how nervous she was when she first started and how she powered through her fears really pushed me to just start my own! I started writing all the way back in 2008 when I first discovered natural healing and healthy eating, but it wasn’t until 2015 that I just did it!

What are your future aspirations?
I would love to release a recipe book one day, and would also love to own my own small health food store. I started working in an independent health food store as a teenager and it has shaped the life I am living now. It was an amazing job and would love to have my very own shop to nurture and love.

What’s your signature dish?
My all time favourite recipe is my bread pudding! It’s been so popular! It’s amazing because all the ingredients are nutritious, vegan and gluten free, plus you do not have to go to the effort of making gluten free bread, letting it go stale and then making the bread pudding. This one it quick and easy to make, and you would not know the difference! The key ingredient is the sweet potato.

A health Matter Bread Pudding

Which other bloggers do you follow most closely?
Squid Gaming – Lydia has shown me how blogging can really build your confidence. It can be terrifying the thought of working so hard on something, only to have tons of people on the internet put you down. You will always have trolls on the internet, but there are people out there who will always give you positive feedback.
Deliciously Ella – The most well known healthy blogger I should imagine. She inspires me as a plant based blogger, and to just make what ever I want to make, even if the flavours sound a bit odd, or its not “traditional”.
Nadias Kitchen – Her food photography is some of the best I’ve seen! So much colour and creativity, and could stare at her pictures all day. She really pushes me to create the best pictures that I can!

How do you shop for food?
I shop at my local health food shop, Tesco and Amazon. I think there will always be a new trend on how we shop, one minute it will all be online, next it will be ‘support your independent retailer’ and then back to highroad shopping. I like to have a mix of everything, it gets me the best variety.

What blogging trends are you enjoying at the minute?
I sometimes follow a trend, but usually I like to do what I like to do. My friends have told me I’m a bit old fashioned that way, but it would appear that trends always find their way back into fashion after awhile of going out of fashion.

What’s the most unusual restaurant you have ever eaten at?
The most unusual place I have eaten is up the mountains of Yosemite in the US, where a man was selling corndogs, wraps and apple juices from his solar powder food stand! It was very strange, but he said it was a great business! I bought 2 corndogs and some sort of sweet treat that to this day I do not know what it was.

How far have you travelled for the perfect steak/ burger/ curry/ xxxx?
I traveled San Diego for the best pancakes I’ve ever tasted! So light and fluffy, with amazing maple syrup, bacon and fresh fruit. I would go back again just for those!

If you had to eat one country’s traditional dish for a year, what would it be?
I love Thai food, so if I had to choose a dish to eat for one year, it would be a Pad Thai for sure!

What would be your last meal on earth?
My last meal on Earth would have to be my mums sweet potato and spinach ravioli, its amazing!!

im-going-toFinish this sentence: “For me, the ultimate food heaven is …”
For me, the ultimate food heaven is anything that contains garlic! Garlic is the best ingredients ever, and if I had my way, it would be in everything!
My idea of food hell is anything with cheese! I hate cheese! I can’t stand the smell or the taste, and that goes for all cheeses. I’ve never like it since I was a baby, so clearly its just not meant for me.

Does the proliferation of food programmes on TV aid or hinder your quest to develop and sustain a food blog?
TV shows like The Great British Bake Off and Saturday Morning Kitchen only ever inspire me. After watching an episode, I feel the need to run straight into the kitchen and create something amazing.

What are your thoughts on vlogging?
I love to watch video blogs, I think they can be very funny to very informative. It’s something I plan to get involved in in the future.

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?
I think there are some chefs out there who would do what they could to get involved in a publicity stunt to boost their own ratings, but at the same time, they are human beings, and so there is now reason why they would not have genuine views on eating healthy. It can be hard to tell who is genuine and who is not, but if you follow a celebrity for long enough, it can become clear what their real views are over time.

Who is your favourite celebrity chef and / or favourite food writer?
My favourite chef is Mary Berry. She creates some of the most tastiest food i’ve ever seen, and she is always very knowledgeable. I have all of her books, and so far her recipes have been nothing short of incredible.

You’re given the opportunity to cook for anyone – dead or alive, real or fictional, chef, celebrity, royalty, public figure – anyone! Who would it be and why?
I would love to cook for Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Game of Throne) as he is a huge supporter of animal rights and has been vegan for many many years. I would love to make his my sweet potato falafel patties with homemade red pepper houmous, a glass of my red pepper, cherry and carrot juice, and a piece of my bread pudding for after. All vegan, all gluten free and all nutritious.

Sweet Potato Falafel Patties

 

How many cookbooks do you own? What attributes make a good cookbook for you?
I own 47 cookbooks that I can currently see, but there would be more lying around. For me a good cookbook needs to have good clear pictures. I want to see how mine dish is suppose to turn out, otherwise I can feel like I am cooking in the dark.
Most recently I bought Hemsley and Hemsley’s cook book, and so far is had been great.
One book that I always love to turn to, either for something to make right now or for inspiration, is the Hairy Bikers cook book.

 

Do you have a favourite kitchen tool or appliance – either a new addition or a trusted old favourite?
It may sound small, but my collection of measuring spoons. They range from 1/4 teaspoon, to 500ml. They are good strong quality, and I couldn’t go without those exact ones!

What’s on your wish-list right now?
I really want to travel to Japan, and learn more about dairy free cooking from real professionals. Dairy doesn’t make it into most Eastern diets, so I want to learn more about the food they make they doesn’t require dairy or dairy alternatives.

How is your lifestyle shaped by blogging?
I think travel blogs are fantastic. I always look for a travel bloggers opinion before travelling somewhere. I am very particular about what I eat. I want to live for as long as I can and be as healthy as I can be while I am alive.
Blogging helps me discover totally new ways of looking at food all the time, and so I am always trying new food ideas and new ingredients.

To achieve a successful blog what comes first – the dishes, the styling, the photography or the words?
Overall, I’d say for a successful blog you need good recipes. Unfortunately you may be over looked if you do not have good photography, but if this dish is not good, you will not get anywhere.

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