What motivated you to blog about food?
I’ve always enjoyed great good and love talking about it to other people.
Long before my blog, I had been sharing my food thoughts online in chat rooms and discussion boards; I sent long rambling restaurant reviews to friends and family via email; I left detailed comments on other peoples’ blogs. I wrote down restaurant reviews, recipes, reports about food festivals, notes on kitchen equipment…
One day I came to the sudden realisation that I’d been stealth blogging – all the symptoms of blogging without an actual blog!
That night, I stayed up very late setting up my own blog. I gave only a second’s thought to the name, so I’m lucky I picked something I’m still happy with!
My motivation today is the same as then – I just love writing down my food thoughts and sharing them with others.
What are you most looking forward to about FBC12?
I’ll be attending workshops that I’m confident will be both inspiring and educational. But I’m also really excited about catching up with other bloggers, both those I know in real life and online, and bloggers I don’t know yet.
What’s been your ultimate meal to date?
Earlier this year, as her gift for my 40th birthday, my sister took me to Fat Duck.
Even with all the hype surrounding Heston’s famous restaurant, and all the terabytes of information on the web about each dish on the menu, it was still a revelation. It was a dining experience that really engaged all the senses, not just taste, smell and sight but also touch and sound.
I wasn’t sure whether to blog the meal, given how many reviews there are already, but I wanted to write about it anyway, to share with immediate family, so I went ahead. It’s a long post, in which I share the entire meal dish by dish but, to my surprise, it proved quite popular.
What’s the next big thing that’s going to hit the food scene?
The burger trend continues unabated as does the surge of interest in street food. Single or double item menus have become quite a thing. There’s been a recent slew of places taking a fast food favourite, such as fried chicken and doner kebabs, and redoing them with quality ingredients. The increase in enthusiasm for Nordic cuisine is still bubbling away on a simmer. American BBQ is gaining more ground too. Likewise, Korean, which I’ve only tried recently.
I’m hoping for a larger growth in Japanese food, not just availability and quality but the range of dishes on offer. There are many sushi and sashimi places already. In the last couple of years, speciality noodle and ramen restaurants have been attracting attention. Will we soon have more yakitori and karaage restaurants, restaurants specialising only in tempura or tofu or tonkatsu? I hope so!
Do you blog full time? What’s your day job?
No, blogging is a hobby for me, though one I spend a lot of time on. In my day job I’m a Bespoke IT Trainer and Business Analyst. Indeed, I’m currently looking for work, so if anyone needs those skills, please get in touch! 😉
What does your family/ partner think of your blog?
I think my dad and sister are generally bemused by it and how it’s grown to be such a large part of my life. I think they read it from time to time!
My mum reads my blog regularly, and often leaves comments. The one she left on my recent freezer organisation post is probably one of my favourite comments ever! Mum is used to interacting with people about food, online – she has her own food website, Mamta’s Kitchen. It’s not a blog but it is all about sharing recipes with readers around the world.
When I first started blogging, Pete was supportive but not that interested. But a couple of years in, he started writing guests posts about beer that I published under the subheading Pete Drinks. After a year of guest posts, we both agreed he should separate his writing off into his own blog, and PeteDrinks.com launched a year ago next month. I love that he’s a blogger in his own right now, as we can both compare experiences and ideas. As a geek, he’s also an enormous help on the technical front!
But the recipe of my own that I’m proudest of is Boston Baked Beans & British Bangers. I love the barbeque flavours of boston baked beans, but Pete’s not so keen on the belly pork that’s most commonly added to turn the dish from a side into a main. I decided to create a culinary handshake across the pond by adding good old pork bangers instead. It works really well and everyone I’ve cooked it for has told me how much they’ve liked it.
Where do you get inspiration from?
Like many of my friends, especially those I’ve made through blogging, I think about food a lot. I always have restaurants I want to visit, recipes and ideas I want to try, books and food items to review, food festivals and events to visit. I never have any shortage of things to write about!
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