Thank you so much to lauralovescakes for tagging me in the Food Bloggers Unplugged game and also to Sharyn from The Kale Chronicles for kindly nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award!
This means I get to share a little bit more about myself with you and then tag some of my other favourite bloggers to tell us a little more about themselves and their inspiration too.
So where to start? For the Versatile Blogger Award I am supposed to reveal 7 little known things about myself and tag 10 other bloggers, but I realised that I could answer the 10 questions from Food Bloggers Unplugged and thereby reveal more. (Hope that makes sense!)
1. What, or who inspired you to start a blog?
I’m not entirely sure where it came from to be honest. I hadn’t even read a lot of blogs before I started blogging myself. I had however watched Julia and Julia and loved it. Then out of the blue one day the idea of baking my way around the world in eighty bakes hit me whilst on my way to work and I downloaded the wordpress app on my phone and that was that.
2. Who is your foodie inspiration?
Oh so many! I just found out that my great grandma worked as a baker so I guess its been in the family for quite some time now, but I have always enjoyed baking. I baked with my mam as a child and have carried on since then. I do seem to have amassed rather a lot of cook books now too ranging from Marguerite Patten, Mary Berry, Delia, Nigella, The Hummingbird Bakery and a few more!
3. Your greasiest, batter – splattered food/drink book is?
Most definitely my mam’s copy of Marguerite Patten’s Everyday Cooking, although I seem to spill something on every book as soon as they enter the kitchen. I quite like it when they have medals of honour on them, with a splash of batter here and a stripe of food colouring there. Each stain is a memory of baking something lovely.
4. Tell us all about the best thing you have ever eaten in another country, where was it, what was it?
Dear me. This is tough. I’ve eaten lots of amazing meals in a few countries but one thing that stands out is Dim Sum in Hong Kong, or grilled eel in Japan, or the fresh fish we had in Fiji, so dense it was more like meat. (I have no idea what type of fish it was but the guys on the island had just caught it that day.)
5. Another food bloggers table you’d like to eat at is?
I would love to dine at quite a few of my fellow food bloggers tables. I’m often disguising a rumbling tummy as I read their posts! I think Urvashi (The Botanical Baker) makes wonderful food, I’m still thinking about her chilli chocolate loaf and also Sharyn (The Kale Chronicles) cooks lots of healthy and wholesome things! I’d love to try her sour dough bread! or She Cooks and He Eats makes a mean full of meat lasagne! I would love to eat with my friend Julie in Australia who is baking up a storm at Sweetgum Bakery.
6. What is the one kitchen gadget you would ask Santa for this year (money no object of course)?
Santa has been and gone and I got a lovely Kenwood Food Processor 🙂
7. Who taught you how to cook?
My mam definitely taught me a lot and then I’ve improvised my way through a few books since, especially now I’m baking so many different things. I’m suprised I’ve only set the kitchen on fire once so far to be honest…
8. I’m coming to you for dinner what’s your signature dish?
If I’m making something savoury I will probably throw together what ever I put my hands on from the cupboard and make it up as I go along. Whenever I try to follow a recipe it goes horribly wrong (don’t ever mention the spicy lentil roasted butternut squash). So it would probably be a big bowl of miso ramen with chicken and chilli, lime and corriander. Or a chickpea curry with sweet potato and puy lentils. Or if all else fails turkey, mashed potato and baked beans 🙂 Then for the grand finale it would have to be something that is a little challenging that I’m still yet to attempt, perhaps a mousse cake or genoise sponge or profiteroles.
9. What is your guilty food pleasure?
Ummm see above… turkey, mashed potato and baked beans! The best boxing day tradition EVER. Try it if you don’t believe me. It’s even better if you mash up some carrots and turnip too.
10. Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn?
Hmmm I was thrown out of guitar lessons when I was 14 and told never to come back. Apparently I didn’t take it seriously enough, but then again I did arrive with a mini guitar, with only 1 string attached. I still cannot read music or play any musical instrument.
Finally…tag 5 other food bloggers with these questions…like a hot baked potato…pass it on!
I would like to tag some of my favourite bloggers who share amazing food and bakes. I lvoe reading their blogs and definitely recommend checking them out.
4. Kenyerek kalácsok és gyönyörű állatok A Hungarian lady who bakes beautiful bread!
5. I am Simpy Tia who has been making some fantastic cocktails recently!
Now feel free to copy and paste the questions into your blog and answer the questions too. Looking forward to reading more about you!
Great to hear more about you. I’m not very musically inclined either! I’d love to come round for dinner especially if you are making an amazing dessert 🙂
Thanks! I do wish I had persevered with learning a musical instrument but c’est la vie!. I think we’d have a lovely dinner party. What would be your ideal dessert/cake?
Great answers… perhaps I’ll try the turkey, mash and baked beans next Christmas!! Was just wondering what your plan is when you make it to Eighty Bakes, will you carry on? 🙂
Thank you! That’s a really good question. I’m not entirely s!ure. its become part of what I just do now so maybe when I reach 80 I might just bake random things 🙂 I know I would miss it if I wasn’t baking and blogging
Haha @ your dinner menu. Too cute. And I’m rolling at the guitar lessons incident. Poor thing.
Thank you so much for nominating me. I truly appreciate it. I’m looking forward to more of your wonderful posts!
Thank you so much for your lovely comments!! I’m looking forward to reading your blogs and lots more about your inspirations and your dinner party menu! 🙂 x
Well mash and beans is one of the best comfort foods so what a cracking choice. Don’t worry about the music / guitar I got told I would never be a teacher – if only I had stuck at that point (doh!)
Thanks very much! I could just eat a big bowl of beans and mash right now you’ve mentioned it 🙂 what is it that you teach? Thanks so much for reading 🙂 x