I've seen a few other bloggers posting these pieces so I'm really happy to have been tagged in one so it's my turn! I love posts like these so you can find more out about our fellow bloggers as it can be hard to know much about the person behind the blog. I like to share a lot in my posts but this should give you a bit more insight into me :)
1. What, or who inspired you to start a blog?
I first started a blog a couple of years ago as I had finished uni as a magazine journalist and was using it as a platform to showcase my writting..although I soon realised I was posting more about baking that writing! I accidentally deleted my whole blog at one point and was unable to retrieve it so I had to create another one, so I made it all about baking!
2. Who is your foodie inspiration?
I love Peggy Porschen, everything from that bakery looks amazing and I do try to re-create it at home but not quite up to their standards! I love good proper home baking and love trawling through my Norwegian nan's cookbooks and scribbling down recipes whenever I have a chance to raid them. I love a lot of Norwegian cooking and baking and am making it my mission to learn the foodie traditions...of which there are many! especially at Christmas so I will be doing lots of posts on various Christmas cooking and baking.
3. Your greasiest, batter - splattered food/drink book is?
The Dairy Cookbook, my nan in Southampton gave us this book and we've used it well. It's great for good normal recipes and I use it all of the time for sponge mixes and sauces. It is fairly splattered and tatty on a lot of pages, I've used it so much my mum has bought me my own copy to use and abuse.
4. Tell us all about the best thing you have ever eaten in another country, where was it, what was it?
5. Another food bloggers table you'd like to eat at is?
I follow mainly bloggers rather than cooks...so if I was popping over for a slice of cake then I think it would have to be The Caked Crusader's...everything she makes is gold!
6. What is the one kitchen gadget you would ask Santa for this year (money no object of course)?
Well it used to be a stand mixer...but I'm getting one! yay :D But I would really love a few more posh mixing bowls...I just can't get enough. Actually I still really want the rolling pin that prints 'made in England' onto pastry.
7. Who taught you how to cook?
I've always cooked a lot with my family there were quite a few times at University I'd have to call my mum to ask her how to do something right there and then as I was halfway through making it and forgot I didn't know how to do it! I'm still stealing her knowledge now when she makes something old-school I have to document it. My dad is also really good at cakes and always did our celebration cakes when we were younger so stole quite a few tips and ideas from him and often get him to help me when I'm down there.
8. I'm coming to you for dinner what's your signature dish?
One thing I can actually cook really well is a roast chicken salad dish, Jamie Olive one. It is AMAZING! With roasted cherry tomatoes and garlic, green beans, mint, parsley and lemon. I got so obsessed with it I had it four days on the trot...
9. What is your guilty food pleasure?
Anything seriously unhealthy...I try to be good to balance out all of the sweets...but sometimes I can't resist the call of the evil takeaways....Also crisps...I could literally eat them ALL DAY LONG!
10. Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn?
I don't actually like cake THAT much. Don't get me wrong if I go to a nice coffee shop etc then I love a little slice. But if I was going to make something sweet for myself it wouldn't be sponge. I make so much of it for other people I can't get too excited about it unless it's something really special. I think I'd rather have a sausage roll over something sweet any day, I need to do more savoury baking really don't I? :)
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