Oh how I love the #fdbloggers community. Because what's food blogging when you can't chat to others about your last meal, new favourite plate or recent foodie blunders?
Don't underestimate the amount of times you can Instagram an avocado, perfect the ultimate soft boiled egg shot or get the right angles on that buttercream. Never again will you (or any of your friends or family) eat food hot again. Sounds lots of fun, yes? Head over to the #fdbloggers Twitter hashtag and you'll see I'm right!
I was recently tagged by brilliant baker Mike over at The Bearded Bakery and lovely Megan of Got To be Gourmet in the latest #fdbloggersgtk so thought I'd better put my piping bag down and get to it...
Blog: Recipes and Reviews
What was your reason for starting a blog? I studied a Masters in Print Journalism where we were encouraged to get stuck into writing as much as possible, both online and offline. Luckily for me I loved food (if you're here, I'm guessing you do too) and that's where it began. It's worked out pretty well in the end since I'm now a copywriter for a fashion and homeware brand that sells pretty much everything except food!
What’s the dish you’re most proud of? My Creme Egg Bakewell Tart is a favourite. I have a tendency to attempt putting a Bakewell spin on any dessert out there. There was nothing else like this already so thought I'd have a go - turns out frangipane, Nutella and Creme Eggs are a winner combo. It got picked up by the Metro at Easter which I was pretty chuffed about.
You’re stranded on a desert island. What three ingredients do you take with you? What a shame you can't make Bakewells with three ingredients! Instead I would probably take some eggs (many ways to cook them!), as many pistachios as I could carry (energy + deliciousness) and lastly maybe... cheese? Not sure if the heat or my belly would get to that first.
What one kitchen utensil could you not live without? Ahh what a tricky one. I probably couldn't live without my Robert Welch knives - especially the medium everyday one. I recently had the lifechanging addition of a garlic press to my collection too. The little things!
Who do you take inspiration from? Again this depends, but at the moment I'm loving flicking through Gizzi Erskines's new Healthy Appetite book. She has such similar foodie ways as me - for example eating well in the week, being naughty at weekends and the importance of great ingredients, with less meat but of a good quality.
Your favourite social media platform? Gotta be Instagram! As the old saying goes, if you didn't Instagram it, you didn't eat it.
Biggest disaster in the kitchen? Maybe the first time I made brownies. I thought, yeah, more chocolate is good. As much as possible. It turned out to be a big melting block of chocolate with about 90% chocolate, 10% the rest of the ingredients. Some would say a good turn out.
Favourite spot for coffee? Actually I don't really go out for coffee much. If I was going to recommend somewhere local to me, I love Dolce cafe in Ashby de la Zouch. Run by a Sicilian family for at least 20 years, I remember going for their amazing chocolate milkshakes every weekend back in the mid 1990s.
Favourite food photo you’ve taken? I'm not really sure. Definitely been growing my foodie prop collection lately so pleased with getting to use my fake turf in these Strawberries & Cream Cupcakes and my many Oriental plates in this Salmon Wonton Soup recipe. Lately I went for an afternoon tea, coming on the blog soon, and was really please with the photographs I haven't even had to edit them. I put that down to lovely lighting and delicious looking cakes!
What would you say was your most successful blog post and why? Like Mike said in his interview, this depends on views, people making the recipe and so on. This Spanish Style Moules Frites recipe was pretty successful because thanks to you guys, I won a holiday to Europe. My best in terms of views and social shares so far has to be my Cheeseburger Macarons. Although noone has told me they've made them - yet!
Now nominate three food bloggers you’d like to get to know more.
Sophie of Penne For Your Thoughts
Hannah of Honey & Dough
Emma of Miss Pond
If you blog about food, come join in the fun of #fdbloggers chats on Thursdays at 8-9pm British time!