Friday, December 16, 2011

Food Bloggers Unplugged...

Who didn't enjoy a game of tag in the playground? Well this is the cyber space equivalent! 

I've been tagged by the more than occasional baker to answer the questions below... helping you 'get to know the personna behind the blog'. Started by A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate the idea is to answer the 10 questions before tagging another five food bloggers. So here goes...

1.   What, or who inspired you to start a blog?

I’ve always been a keen baker but I tended to stick to the same old things so I thought that by starting a blog it would provide good motivation to bake more often and to try new things. Since I started blogging I have to say there has been a serious increase in production in my kitchen!!

2.   Who is your foodie inspiration?

Mmmmmmm this is tough but I do love Mary Berry...she'd make a great Grandma! The quintessential English baker, concentrating on the classics. Alternatively, I'd be quite happy to be like Nigella...why is it that she seems to have a midnight snack at the end of every episode?

3.   Your greasiest, batter - splattered food/drink book is?

My long suffering laptop...I get a lot of recipes off the internet...and my laptop is batter splattered!! For quick and easy bakes I have used Good Food: 101 Cakes & Bakes. However, recipe books can be quite as addictive as baking… so I have a vast array and tend to mix and match!

4.   Tell us all about the best thing you have ever eaten in another country, where was it, what was it?

Not so much a single thing but a meal at the Le Cochon Dingue in Quebec, Canada. Some delicious maple ribs.

Or any patisseries in Paris!!!

5.   Another food bloggers table you'd like to eat at is?

Ooooooo how could I possibly choose! But if you're twisting my arm maybe Rising to the Berry so we can share our love of the Berry!!

6.   What is the one kitchen gadget you would ask Santa for this year (money no object of course)?

Well Santa has already said that if I’m very very good he will bring me a K-Mix stand mixer… I’ve tried to be good, so only time will tell!

7.   Who taught you how to cook?

No one in particular, although my mum used to bake when I was younger, so I guess osmosis is responsible.

8.   I'm coming to you for dinner what's your signature dish?

I tend to cook different things each time as I like to experiment but if you’re coming round for Sunday lunch… a slow roast chicken with garlic, lemon, white wine and rosemary!

9.   What is your guilty food pleasure?

Well as it's Christmas, I think I'll have to go for Birds triffle. I know triffle aficionados will be horrified but I love's my favourite part of Christmas Day.

Otherwise I'd probably go for fish finger sandwiches with tomato ketchup.

10. Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn?

I gave up eating chocolate and sweets 5 years ago this New Year and haven’t eaten any since! However, strangely I still love making chocolate cakes for other people and I’m considering going on a week long chocolate course!!

Finally...tag 5 other food bloggers with these a hot baked potato...pass it on!


  1. Thanks for joining in! It's great to know more about you. I can't believe you gave up eating chocolate and sweete 5 years ago- wow! You can indulge in more trifle this Christmas then :)
    Which chocolate course are you thinking of?

  2. Thanks for tagging me! I was a little bit slow, but got there in the end!

    I'm thinking about going on the 5 day course at Slattery's in Manchester but it's quite expensive so we'll see!! :-)

  3. I wish I could give up sweets and chocs like that you are an example to us all...have always wanted to do a Slattery's course myself.

  4. It's really because I have a lack of will power. I wasn't very good at eating chocolate in moderation, so it started off as a NY's resolution to give up for a year... so far it's been 5 years but I'm now aiming for 10!!

  5. Hello Laura!

    Thanks so much for the tag! I've had a lovely time writing my blog too. Just in case you would like to see it...

    Happy New Year!!

  6. Ooooo will have a look now! :-)


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