Thursday, 15 December 2011

Food Bloggers Unplugged

I've been tagged by both Suelle and Kim to take part in Food Bloggers Unplugged, a little exercise started by Susan at A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate as a way of getting to know fellow food bloggers. The idea is that we answer 10 questions about ourselves, then tag five other food bloggers to take part, if they want to.

So, here are my answers:

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

I’m a bit of a veteran…I joined as was trying to organise my recipes at home, my excel sheet wasn’t working on a practical level and then found I got asked by random people for my recipes, realised a website was a bit hmm scary and somehow stumbled upon blogger, mainly as was free and looked simple!

Who is your foodie inspiration? 

My dearest nanny Jean, who sadly left this world in August. She cooked simply but with good basic ingredients and always produced something wonderful. She made fantastic jams, marmalades and made sure no one ever went hungry. Her bread and butter pudding was the best I’ve ever eaten.

Your greasiest, batter - splattered food/drink book is? 
Despite being relatively new my Nigella Lawson’s Kitchen has quite a few splashes! Saying that I love my ‘Baking’ book, picked up cheaply years back from the dangerous shop for my purse that is ‘The Works’. Every recipe has worked a treat and I wouldn’t swap it for the world.

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

I have two – sweet first was an amaretto & pistachio crème brulee in Brussels about 6 years ago. Was a basic looking local restaurant, in the (possibly!) Turkish quarter and it was perfect. Simple and delicious. Creamy, boozy, nutty. Heaven in itself! Savoury was an amazing gravy I had in Lille, I was eating with my dad in a fairly relaxed restaurant around ten years ago, we'd ordered roast chicken and it was soo soo good, it was served up on a wooden board which had this weeny pot of gravy and it was quite simply the best I have ever eaten! Perfectly savoury and unctuous.

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

I can never choose just one thing, I much prefer to pick on lots of little dishes so would have to just go to everyone on my blogroll I think!

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

Erm it’s a bit far fetched but a magic clean up robot!
Who taught you how to cook? 

I taught myself using books and a very basic founding from GCSE Food Technology. Also learned to bake with mum growing up. That and greed!

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

I always struggle with this as depends on my mood and who is my guest but my aubergine bhajis are my most requested dish! I’ve never had any leftovers!

What is your guilty food pleasure?

I have a weakness for mcflurry’s. I love them. Especially the new mint one *drool*

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

I prefer to drink bitter and ale, rather than the more ladylike drink of wine!

In turn, I would like to tag these 5 bloggers, although I hope they won't feel obliged to join in if they would rather not!


  1. Oooh, I've never been tagged before and I'm all excited. LOL Maybe I need to go get a life? *chuckle*

    You know, it's funny you mentioned that new mint McFlurry, because when I saw a poster for one I immediately thought "Cor! That looks good!", which floored my hubby because ordinarily I don't like mint and chocolate. They just look really really good!

  2. aubergine bhaji's... hello!?! divine!

  3. Hi Anne! Really interesting post and I enjoyed learning more about you! Sounds like fun!! I´ve never been tagged before either!!Will try and do it asap! Aubergine bhaji´s sound delish!

  4. I just wanted to let you know that the Presto Pasta Nights #244 roundup is now posted. Thanks for joining in the fun this week.

  5. Lovely! Is the aubergine bhajis recipe on your blog, like the sound of those?
    I love McFlurry's too but haven't had one for ages...
    Merry Christmas! x

  6. Oooh, let me know if you get that clean-up robot, I could really do with one of those too! I could bake all day long, but the washing up gets overwhelming!

    Interesting to find out more about you!

  7. I love these Anne, it is so nice to find out more about our blogging buddies. Someone tagged me and I had completely forgotted about it. Much have a look through my comments and find out.

    ps I want a clean-up robot too!

  8. Mcflurrys? Lol. I love these posts!!
    I'll make this my first post of 2012 if that's ok? Am taking a little Christmas break.

  9. Yay you did it! Lovely to hear more about you :) Have a very merry Christmas x

  10. Jenny - hope you enjoy the experience! Do try the mint one, is lush!

    Tracey - hope you enjoy writing your post, look forward to reading it!

    Thanks Rachel!

    Susan and Dom - aubergine bhaji link is

    C - maybe we can share him? I agree on washing up, hate it! Am moving soon and losing the dishwasher, sob sob!

    Jac - Glad you enjoyed reading about me! Maybe you me and C go develop one?!

    Anna - glad you liked my post, and yes I have no shame. Once I fancy a mcflurry I HAVE to have one!!

    Kim - many thanks for the tag!


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