Thursday, 15 December 2011

Food Bloggers Unplugged.

This post is a bit different to my regular posts, today I'm joining in the game of tag started by Susan at A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate. I was tagged by Kate at What Kate Baked and Elly from Nutmeg Seven.

The idea is just a bit of fun to help get to know the blogger behind the recipes and deliciousness. I was a bit apprehensive at first as writing about my recipes and baking adventures is a lot easier than writing about myself, but here goes...

What, or who inspired you to start a blog?

I have been blogging in one form or another since I was a teenager, whether it was an angsty live-journal, or a blog reviewing my favourite TV shows, I have always been drawn to writing and documenting things. Although, I think the one blogger who inspired me to make it more than just a personal diary was Brittany at Barefoot Foodie. The first blog post of hers I read was this one and instantly I was hooked. Her acerbic wit and writing style made me realise that a blog could be more, and that injecting your own personal voice can only be a good thing!

Who is your foodie inspiration?
Gosh, I have so many! obviously the usual suspects; Nigella, Jamie, James Martin, Rachel Allen etc... But I am inspired by so many people from my friend Jo who cooks THE best food, to my Auntie Hilary who is the font of all knowledge in the kitchen. I am also massively inspired by fellow bloggers, especially my fellow Great British Bakers; Steph, Beckie, Amy, David, Ros, Jules, Nat and Urvashi.
There is such a wide range of people online, and I love that if I have a problem or disaster that there is a handful of people on twitter to offer a helping hand or sympathetic ear.

Your greasiest, batter - splattered food/drink book is?
Surprisingly I don't actually have that many cookbooks, I hope to rectify this in the not to distant future *cough* Christmas *cough*.
My most used one is probably Rachel Allen's Bake, it has great basics and tips on how to adapt them. Also my Great British Bake Off (S2) book has had quite a battering in recent weeks.
Mostly I actually have my laptop in the kitchen, I keep it on a bench in the other side away from the mess. Its great for when I am making something from someones blog or from an online recipe site. I also plug in my speakers and boogie on down to spotify while I bake.

Tell us all about the best thing you have ever eaten in another country, where was it, what was it?
I am not much of a traveler to be honest. I hardly ever get abroad and when I do I am normally so poor that I stick to basic foods. Although, I have been to Paris a good few times in my life and their is nothing better than going to a bakery first thing for a fresh baguette or pain au chocolat.

Another food bloggers table you'd like to eat at is?
Tough call, there are so many! I think right now would probably say David from I Want to Bake Free, I cannot wait to eat/drink tea at his tearoom in the future!

What is the one kitchen gadget you would ask Santa for this year (money no object of course)? A Kitchenaid Artisan stand mixer in apple green with all the bells and whistles.

Who taught you how to cook?
My Mum probably taught me most of the basics, she was a fabulous cook and loved experimenting with new recipes when I was little, some of while I may not have liked at the time but it definitely broadened my culinary horizons.

I'm coming to you for dinner what's your signature dish?
Can you make it afternoon tea instead? I am not much of a cook if I am honest. Cakes and bakes are more my style. I would rustle up a few finger sandwiches, jam or egg custard tarts, cupcakes, scones, maybe a bakewell slice and brownie or two? I would probably end up baking far too much and sending you home with a substantial goody bag!

What is your guilty food pleasure?
My most recent guilty pleasure is M & S chocolate covered pretzels, its gotten to the point where I can't even go to Marksys without buying a bag!

Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn?
I never know how to answer these types of questions. I once got asked in a job interview to tell them something interesting about me that they don't know from reading my CV. -blank stare-

I guess some people might be surprised to know I have a degree in Fashion Design? Or that I cannot stand peas?

To continue I now need to tag five further bloggers...

1. Riverside Baking, found right here
2. Bess Teas, found right here
3. A Mum who loves to bake, found right here
4. Hungry Squirrel Cakes, found right here
5. Amy's Tiny Kitchen, found right here

Ok that is a little more about me, I hope you enjoyed it. Normal delicious service shall resume shortly.


  1. I LOVE this post Nelly, really well written, and many Thanks for tagging me.
    I will get working on my post! :) xx

  2. Glad you decided to join in. I'd love to come round for afternoon tea as long as there are no peas involved! :) I hope you get your Christmas wishes :)

  3. Well I'm certainly coming to your place for afternoon tea! It's also good to know there's another art school graduate with a passion for baking. Really enjoyed reading your post :)


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