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What motivated you to blog about food and how has food blogging changed your life?
In truth, I was procrastinating at Uni in my final year, had just bought a new camera & all I was doing was photographing food. I started my blog to document my recipes but it became so much more: I made friends around the globe, I felt part of a community of food lovers, I visited some of those friends & stayed with them for a few days when I went on a mini 3-month food tour of the world, and I was motivated to finally follow my dream & go to culinary school. I graduate in 2 weeks now!
Do you blog full time or, if not, what’s your day job? What does your family/partner think of your blog?
I’m currently a trainee chef, blogging for me has turned into a way to keep track of my adventures at culinary school, but I look forward to a time when I can actually blog my own recipes again! My family & boyfriend are all very supportive, they’ve encouraged me right from the start & continue to do so!
What are your future aspirations for the blog? From where do you get inspiration and who taught you to cook?
I’d be happy to just keep writing the blog for myself – it’s a great way for me to get myself out of my head & share some delicious food at the same time. I miss recipe blogging, though – it’s been a long time since I posted a recipe. Initially my high school taught me to cook, a summer culinary school threw in a little extra technique, my mother taught me a couple of Chinese dishes, but my culinary school, Leiths, have brought everything together & taught me how to finesse my food.
Which other food bloggers do you follow most closely? Tell us something you learned from reading blogs you probably wouldn’t know otherwise?
Regula of Miss Foodwise is someone I love to follow, especially as she’s a fantastic friend whom I’ve watched grow as a person & a blogger over the past couple of years, after meeting at FBC. She lives in Belgium so it’s a great way to keep up to date with what she’s doing & fascinating as a Brit to read all about British food from her point of view. Others I love include Linda from Salty Seattle, Marc from No Recipes, Alessio from Recipe Taster, Mardi from Eat, Live, Travel, Write, EuWen from A Rather Unusual Chinaman, Ed from Rocket & Squash, Uyen from LoveLELUU, Neil from The Lambshank Redemption & about a million others I can’t think of off the top of my head! I’m lucky enough to know all of these people for realsies (except Marc but we have plans to finally hang out!) & their kindness, open hearted generosity & plain fun attitudes have been refreshing & wonderful!
What’s your favourite/least favourite food? What’s been your ultimate meal to date? And what would your last meal be?
Favourite cuisine is probably Japanese, don’t really have 1 single favourite food but I do love me some offal! I’m not a fan of game birds or smoked fish, though. Ultimate meal was Alinea in Chicago. It was just so magical but very much a spectacle. Best meal in the UK was at Midsummer House in Cambridge – I wanted to live in that restaurant forever! My last meal would be all of the terribly expensive & bad for you items: pan seared foie gras & toasted brioche with a glass of Monbazillac, sweetbreads with a red wine jus, duck fat triple cooked chips, a big ol’ rib eye steak & anything else I could manage to cram in! The plan would be to just keep eating…
How many cookbooks do you own? Who is your favourite celebrity chef and and who is your favourite food writer? Why?
Way too many books to count! I had to cut down a bit when I moved house last year, though, so it’s only my faves and a few new ones now. I love Jun Tanaka, just because I think he’s a great guy & superb chef, and one of my favourite food writers is Marina O’Loughlin – just love the way she writes. There are plenty others but Marina is always a stand out favourite!
What’s your signature dish? If you want us to feature your favourite recipe from your own blog, include the link here!
I have a rack of lamb dish that I’ve made for every single boyfriend I’ve ever had. Funnily enough, my boyfriend whom I now live with didn’t get it made for him until about a year and a bit after we started dating – he said it was worth waiting for, though!
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)
Electric beaters are a miracle but I am super fussy about the model – they MUST actually have different speed settings in practise and not just say they do. Essential for making meringues! I forever long for a mixer, unfortunately it’s too expensive for my poor self!
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