Mary is the North Yorkshire-based blogger who is looking forward to attending her first FBC conference this year. She answered a few of our questions about Adventures in Fussy Eating (@fussy_eaters) and what she’s most excited for at #FBC5.
What are you most looking forward to about #FBC5?
Meeting other bloggers and people with the same interests. Learning from successful bloggers. Eating fabulous fodder.
What motivated you to blog about food and how has food blogging changed your life?
I needed an outlet for my food passion. My day job is writing and I wanted to explore more creative freedom. So far the blog has put me in touch with some inspiring people that I may not otherwise have met.
Do you blog full time or, if not, what’s your day job? What does your family/partner think of your blog?
My day job is as a PR. My family thinks the blog is brilliant and my husband thinks I’m mad!
What are your future aspirations for the blog? From where do you get inspiration and who taught you to cook?
I would love to create a blog that involves other creative passions like interiors and gardening. Inspiration is out there, you just have to look at other blogs, art galleries, museums, architecture, travel and away you go, off on your own tangent and adding your take on what you see and experience. My beloved late grandmother, who was a trained baker, inspires my passion for cookery. My wonderfully cool mum taught me the basics and then it was all ready steady cook tv shows!
Which other food bloggers do you follow most closely? Tell us something you learned from reading blogs you probably wouldn’t know otherwise?
I love Karen at Lavender and Lovage as I also spent time in France and love the country look of her blog and down to earth approach to recipes. Likewise David Lebowitz as I love being reminded of Paris. Emma at Poire au Chocolat has achieved so much so young and I love her honesty and musings about life. Reading blogs has taught me a lot about baking – I love learning what other countries bake with local ingredients like pumpkin pies and pistachio cakes. Yum.
What’s your favourite/least favourite food? What’s been your ultimate meal to date? And what would your last meal be?
My favourite food would have to be almond croissants. I used to buy them by the bucket load on my year out in France. Unfortunately they are now my least favourite too, since then I’ve found out that gluten isn’t great for me. How I miss them! My ultimate meal to date would have to be a traditional Argentine asado (barbecue) with tender grass fed steak, complete with chimichurri sauce followed by dulce de leche ice cream. Last meal would include prawns. Maybe a pad thai. Definitely.
How many cookbooks do you own? Who is your favourite celebrity chef and and who is your favourite food writer? Why?
That’s a bit like being asked many pairs of shoes do I own. I’ll come clean, I think I own about 60 and I must have about 20 on loan, mainly from my brother who has a great collection. My favourite celebrity chef – and don’t laugh – is Guy from ‘Diners, Drive throughs and Drives’ on food network – I just love him! My favourite food writer is Nigella. I love her sense of fun, amazing prose and she doesn’t take anything too seriously. It’s supposed to be fun after all!
What’s your signature dish? If you want us to feature your favourite recipe from your own blog, include the link here!
My signature dish would have to be thai green curry. I also love this rosti recipe which I made up.
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)
It would have to be my dishwasher! After that my wooden spoon which a friend gave me after their honeymoon. It’s made from olive and needs oiling to keep it looking beautiful. Hottest item on my shopping list? I am loving Clark’s Maple Syrup (Sainsburys) which I’m using in baking as it has the most amazing flavour.
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