Writing a food blog has many perks. Mostly the excuse to have delicious treats lying around the house nearly all the time. If I fancy baking something incredibly large, ridiculously indulgent and calorie laden, I just blame the blog. “Oh I really, really didn’t want to have a giant chocolate orange cheesecake sitting in the fridge, its just I HAD to make it for the blog…”, and so on. Its also my reason for buying up all of the chocolate every time I go shopping. Its an absolutely winning excuse!
Chocolate aside, however, another of the wonderful things about writing a blog, is the people you meet. Through blogging I’ve chatted to so many wonderful people. It sounds rather cliched, but it really is a wonderful community of people ready to offer seemingly endless support, and champion each others work.
Recently I was tagged by the very lovely Cate and Persephone to join in the with the #fdbloggersGTK tag. The series was put together by Loriley as a little get to know you. So, without further ado, its time for a little question and answer session!
What was your reason for starting a blog?
My blog was started one afternoon years ago with a friend. We’d read an article about a food blogger (I can’t remember who it was, but I don’t think its anyone still blogging today), and decided we could do it to. We abandoned it a couple of posts later, and it would be another couple of years before I picked it up again.
When I moved to Hong Kong my blog became a way to challenge myself to carry on baking in my very tiny kitchen. My first Hong Kong blogging oven was about the size of a toy oven, covered in rust, with a door that didn’t seal. Baking in that was a challenge to say the least, but some of my favourite recipes were tested in it! It was also a way to for me to remember home and indulge in a little nostalgia. What better way to think about home than to eat your favourite home comforts?
What’s the dish you’re most proud of?
I’m always very proud of my layer cakes. I think there’s something about putting the layers together, and covering them in buttercream or ganache, and not quite knowing whether its going to have worked until you take the first cut. When the cake comes out looking and tasting the way I imagined it to I’m always incredibly relieved!
I think this cake is one of the ones I’m most happy with. It’s a Chocolate Guinness and Whiskey Cake topped with Salted Caramel. It was so deliciously moist, not too sweet, and nice and boozy! The caramel did exactly what I wanted it to, too!
What one kitchen utensil could you not live without?
Moving around a lot and regularly cooking in very small poorly equipped kitchens I’m pretty good at getting by without most things, doing a lot of improvision. I’ve fashioned many a baking tray (successfully or otherwise) from aluminium foil when I didn’t have the right sized tin to hand, and lamented my lack of an electric beater as my arm falls off long before my egg whites are anywhere near stiff peaks. I think then, my answer would have to be a wooden spoon. As long as you’ve got a wooden spoon you can whip up brownies or a Victoria sponge, and if you’ve got brownies or Victoria sponge, what more could you need?!
You’re stranded on a desert island. What three ingredients do you take with you?
Don’t ask me what I’d actually make with the combination, but chocolate, butter, and red wine. Being fat, happy, and tipsy sounds like a good way to survive being stranded!
Who do you take inspiration from?
So many different people. Nigella Lawson has always been a huge inspiration for her seemingly effortless cooking, and her liberal use of butter and cream. I’m constantly book marking blogs, taking screen shots of instagram, and tearing pages out of food magazines too.
Your favourite social media platform?
It varies between Instagram and Pinterest. I could literally spend hours scrolling through beautiful images and I love building up my Pinterest boards. Twitter is growing on me though as I start to get to know it a little more, its definatly the best social media platform to get chatting.
Biggest disaster in the kitchen?
Oh, to many to pick from! The other day I attempted to salvage un-risen cinnamon rolls (which didn’t rise because I’d killed the yeast with overly hot milk…), by baking them anyway. Needless to say it didn’t work in the slightest, and I baked cinnamon sugar all over the oven!
Favourite spot for coffee?
I’m not much of a coffee drinker, so nowhere in particular springs to mind. Does a cup of tea in bed count?
Favourite food photo you’ve taken?
I’m constantly trying to improve my food photography. I think I’ve come a long way from my early posts, but there is still a long way to go. I need to really learn how to use my camera before I’m going to achieve what I want to achieve. However there are some photos I’m quite proud of. These are a few of my favourites:
What would you say was your most successful blog post and why?
I think without a doubt it would have to be my Crème Egg Brownies. I’m not sure quite how it happened, but this post went crazy. Receiving something like 300,000 views in one day alone! Last Easter I was sent lots of pictures of brownies which had been made from my recipe, a very exciting feeling!
Now nominate three food bloggers you’d like to get to know more.