60 Seconds with Fiona Maclean from London-Unattached

Today we are meeting with Fiona Maclean from London. Fiona is the blogger behind London-Unattached.

What motivated you to blog about food?

I wanted to learn more about social media in general and decided that writing my own blog would be a good start.  London-Unattached is a lifestyle blog rather than pure food blog, but since a lot of my life revolves around cooking or eating out, the blog tends to reflect that.

How many cookbooks do you own?

A large shelf  full.  My old favourites are a set of Elizabeth David paperbacks I got as a student, the Marie Claire Cookbook (edited by none other than Nigel Slater!) and Larousse Gastronomique .  I also have some really inspirational new books including a set by Skye Gyngell, Anabelle Langbein’s Free Range Cookbook and Foodepedia

What’s been your ultimate meal to date?

The most memorable one I think has to be a lunch in France when I was all of 15 years old.  The French family I stayed with played bridge and used the ‘winnings’ from their games to pool together and go out for a perfect meal.  We had 13 courses – I still remember the fois gras and the blinis with smoked salmon and caviar.  And that’s now thirty five years ago.  Sadly, I don’t have the name of the restaurant!

Where do you get inspiration from?

Reading other blogs, thinking of things that might work well together and then experimenting and from eating out in really good restaurants (not necessarily expensive ones).  When I get the chance from travelling in mainland Europe.
What’s your favorite part of the food blogging process?

Hahaha, that’s easy!  Having an excuse to eat really well!  Now I just need to get more into Gizzi Erskine’s Eat Yourself Thin!!!!
Do you blog full time? What’s your day job?

No, I run a marketing consultancy and this started as my way of learning about social media in general.
Future aspirations for the blog?

Improve my photography, get a loyal group of followers, build on the ‘London for people new to the city’ section
Do you have a favourite food writer and why?

I love Elizabeth David.  After my time in France as a teenager I discovered her books and got quite hooked!  In terms of current writers – Nigel Slater and Skye Gyngall.

Where do you buy your groceries and why?

Waitrose and the market on the North End Road for everyday stuff.  Borough Market for special things for special occasions.  Donald Walter near Baron’s Court tube for really good meat.

The market does very good very cheap fruit and vegetables but with absolutely no shelf life, you have to buy and cook or eat.  Waitrose is just reliable.  Borough Market has all the little ‘not a necessity’ things I could ever want (truffle oil, venison, real Scottish smoked fish etc)
What’s the hottest item on your shopping list? 

Right now I really want a decent food processor.  I have a very good swiss make hand blender with food processor attachments which works fine for one or two, but doesn’t like doing volume.



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