Interacting with like minded people , learning to improve my food photography and food styling,getting tips to improve my blog and getting ideas on book publishing
What motivated you to blog about food and how has food blogging changed your life?
simply.food was created 4 years ago as a place to collect my recipes so that my daughters could access them, how ever as its popularity grew so did my interest in regular posting. They say that the currency of a blog is its visitors and comments which are a great motivation. The name simply.food seemed apt for the blog because that is exactly what my blog is all about “simply food”. All the recipes I share on my blog are ones that I cook on a regular basis for my family and friends. I love experimenting with Asian spices and adding them to international dishes to create fusion cooking. To me there is no right or wrong way to cook and cooking should not be considered a chore. I have introduced cooking to both my girls from a very young age, where they have helped with baking, stirring even meal planning. This encouraged them to take an interest in what they are eating. Cooking is an art you should enjoy where you are experimenting with colours textures and tastes to satisfy your palate.
Do you blog full time or, if not, what’s your day job? What does your family/partner think of your blog?
Blogging is something I do in my spare time.I work full time as a contact lens optician. My family are very supportive of my blogging and as always happy to try out my experiments in the kitchen.At the same time they make good critics of my dishes.
What are your future aspirations for the blog? From where do you get inspiration and who taught you to cook?
I want to grow my blog audience, bring more awareness to vegetarian cookery and hopefully secure a book deal for a vegetarian cook book that I am currently writing.My food inspiration came from my parents who were both excellent cooks.
I follow many blogs as the foodie world is very large. Some of the things that I have learnt is that there are many international vegetarian recipes so I can be more adventurous in trying the recipes that are unknown to me.
What’s your favourite/least favourite food? What’s been your ultimate meal to date? And what would your last meal be?
I love all vegetarian food,my favourite dish is an Indian curry called Baingan Bhartha, it is flame roasted aubergines ,puréed and cooked with onions and spices. I love all my meals and devour them with passion, any vegetarian meal makes me happy.
How many cookbooks do you own? Who is your favourite celebrity chef and and who is your favourite food writer? Why?
I have some 50+ cook books, I love James martin for his wonderful desserts that he makes and Ina garten for the simple recipes she makes.
What’s your signature dish?
My signature dish is Burghul pilaf, it is a firm family favourite and I make it time and time again.
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 most treasured gadget in my kitchen is my paring knife.I am a lover of crockery, trinkets, napkins in fact any prop that I can use in my food photographs so I guess this is what would be on my wish list.
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