Here at FBC, we’re always interested in improving our ethical food and lifestyle – which is why it’s even more fabulous to have Ximena attending this year! Ximena (@fairtradeliving) answered some of our questions about Fair Trade Living and what she’s looking forward to at #FBC14.
Hi, Ximena, what are you looking forward to learning and enjoying at FBC this year?
Is blogging your full time job?
I’m a mum of 2 young children and I freelance within the Fair Trade sector in the UK, but I would love to have a career as a blogger and do it full time. At the moment I blog every spare moment I can!
What motivated you to blog and how has blogging changed your life?
I’ve always loved food, but since having my children I have really started to enjoy cooking and learning about the techniques of the kitchen! As they have now become more independent, I have been able to start this to blog and write about food, fair trade and what is on my mind. At the moment my ambition is to do my bit for the fair trade movement, while cooking, creating and blogging about fair trade.
What’s your signature dish?
I recently made Baklava for the first time, and have already had to repeat it 3 times because of the demand of my family and friends!
What food blogging trends are you enjoying at the minute?
My husband (who is also a foodie and regularly helps and features on my blog) and I have been fortunate to travel extensively and so our cuisine is very diverse!
What’s the most unusual food you’ve eaten and the last meal you’d eat?
The most unusual place I can think of, is a place called Las Velas (the candles in spanish) In La Paz, Bolivia, where we ate barbecued cow hearts covered in a peanut and chilly sauce (they are called anticuchos) at down after a night out! My last meal on earth would be my husband’s pork belly, followed by my chocolate souffle and drowned in Belgium beer and Irish whiskey.
How does the sheer volume of food programmes on television hinder or aid your quest to develop and sustain a food blog?
I’m a big fan of Jamie Oliver, I love his instagram feed and I think that he is still very genuine and love the simplicity of his food.
What other influences and interests make for a great food blog?
Travel is essential. I think, as in most aspects of life, it opens up your mind to new experiences, ideas, methods and flavours.
Do you have a favourite kitchen tool/appliance?
I love old fashioned scales! but I’m a sucker for any lovely pattern serving dish!
Thanks, Ximena! We’ll see you next month at #FBC14!
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