1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the questions given by the person who nominated you.
3. Nominate 5 – 10 people for the award.
4. Ask 10 – 11 questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
5. Comment on the nominated blogs to let the nominees know they have received the award.
1. What is your favourite go-to cookbook?
It would have to be ‘the Mediterrasian Way’ by Ric Watson and Trudy Thelander. The book is quite inspirational and describes Ric’s comeback from a permanent left-sided disability. It not only gives great advice on how to live a healthy life with lots of exercise but the recipes included are solid, staple meals. I’ve cooked many recipes from this book and have yet to find a bad or even a not-so great one.
2. Who is your favourite food celebrity?
Well I’m not sure what qualifies as a food celebrity. I actually find that I follow food blogs a lot more than any Food Network type celebrity. If I did have to choose someone from Food Network / Cooking Channel, it would have to be Jeffrey Saad. I had seen him on an episode of Chopped All-Stars once and was enthralled with the way he spoke about spices and combinations and how he prepared the meal. He received second place in the Competition and in a fit of excitement I tweeted him my congrats…and he responded! Talk about being a fangirl LOL. Anyway so although I haven’t followed his show (we don’t get Cooking Channel on our cable service), I bought his cookbook and thoroughly enjoy it and I love that he involves his family in the cooking process as well.
3. You have been given a free cooking class in any country you choose. Where are you going?
I’d have to say USA or Canada – but I specifically want to have the class to be seafood specific. I would really love to learn to cook mussels and scallops and lobster and squid and crab. I have tried a few times on occasion but my phobia of undercooking seafood remains rampant. I am not a fish fan (except for Salmon) and would love to expand my knowledge base to the shellfish and seafood that I do love. I think butter, wine and black pepper are delicious with seafood so I don’t need to learn any fancy curry of stir fry – I want to learn that simple, clean and classic elegance.
4. Who has been the biggest influence on your interest in cooking?
5. Why did you start blogging?
I think I may have touched on this topic in previous posts, but overall I wanted a creative outlet and I love writing. I wanted to document my food resolutions, but I also wanted to have something tangible that would be a reflection of me – and with all the delays in my life, it really was wonderful to find something that I could work on and publish immediately. It feels good to have control over this.
6. We are in the kitchen with you and the tunes are cranked. What are we listening to?
Funny enough, I did a post on this recently. Those are still my favourites so I’m sticking to that list!
7. What is the most surprising thing you have learned from blogging?
How supportive complete strangers are. It really is a wonderful thing and makes me want to share the love. Also, the amount of work each blog post takes was a bit of a surprise – not necessarily a bad one.
8. What advice would you give to new bloggers?
Keep writing and constantly try to improve. Photography is a big part of each post, but don’t rely on filters and fancy effects. Your food should be able to speak for itself with minimal modification.
9. What is your favourite midnight snack?
Cheese and Crackers and Tea! That has been my breakfast, mid afternoon snack and midnight snack for as long as I can remember. There’s something extremely comforting and filling about this combination and sometimes I go a little crazy and use bread instead of crackers.
10. You have one wish. What is it?