#FBC5 attendee, London blogger Madeleine (@madeleinemorro) shared with us her plans for her blogs, Kitchen Journeys and From the Healthy Heart. In 60 seconds, she shares her love of travel as well as her plan to revolutionise cholesterol-free cooking!
Meeting other food bloggers, hearing the talks, learning things I don’t yet know, being inspired, tasting all that food!
What motivated you to blog about food and how has food blogging changed your life?
Years of travel diaries detailing my family’s food tourism was calling out to be turned into a blog. Has given me a wonderfully creative outlet to write and photograph.
Do you blog full time or, if not, what’s your day job? What does your family/partner think of your blog?
I am a Clinical Psychologist by day. My family are very supportive from all the techie stuff (the kids) to encouraging me. They put up with trawling through food markets wherever we travel.
Would like to turn From The Healthy Heart into a cookbook for lowering cholesterol. Kitchen Journeys will hopefully continue to chronicle my family’s love of food and travel. I am inspired by local culture and new tastes, I taught myself to cook by and large.
Which other food bloggers do you follow most closely? Tell us something you learned from reading blogs you probably wouldn’t know otherwise?
David Lebovitz and Smittten Kitchen are the ones I follow most. I have learned about good photographs from looking at theirs.
My favourite food is a great big Plateau des Fruits de Mer on a hot day in the South of France. Had several of these over the years. Happily have it as my last meal. Otherwise a home roasted chicken.
How many cookbooks do you own? Who is your favourite celebrity chef and and who is your favourite food writer? Why?
80 – 100 cookbooks, Ottolenghi, without a doubt, is the chef whose work has influenced my cooking. I love vegetable based food, Mediterranean style, beautifully presented and with the spices becoming my new best friends.
I have made this chickpea chicken so many times over the years, everyone loves it and it is best made the day before so no last minute faffing.
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 Magimix. I use it daily for simple tasks like breadcrumbs to mixing up dips to blending soups. Going to buy some madeleine moulds in Paris.
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