So. Your first starter for 10...
What or who inspired you to start a blog?
I think it was my husband. He is much more internet savvy than me and thought it was a good idea. I think he may have thought it would stop me from talking about food so much, but if that was his aim he has sadly failed.
Who is your foody inspiration?
I couldn't possibly narrow it down! My mother, other bloggers, cooking shows, magazines, restaurants where I eat, books that I read, ingredients that I come across. They all inspire me to cook and eat and cooking and eating inspire me to write.
Your greasiest, batter-splattered food/drink book is?
Australian Women's Weekly Italian Cooking Class Cookbook. The page that has both spinach with spirali and pasta puttanesca on it. Plus I am onto my second copy of Elizabeth David's French Provincial; I read the first copy to rags, although I don't really cook from it.
Tell us all about the best thing you have ever eaten in another country, where was it, what was it?
There's good food everywhere! How can I choose? Chilli crab in Singapore, garlic soup in Switzerland, chawan mushi in Hong Kong. But having spent most of my life in Australia it has to be something there, but I couldn't say exactly what!
Another food blogger's table you would like to eat at is:
I think Leaf, the Indolent Cook. She has this lightness of touch and extraordinary originality with ingredients that I find awe-inspiring.
What is the one kitchen gadget you would ask for this year (money no object of course)?
I'd really like a microplane nutmeg grater.
Who taught you how to cook?
I'm coming to you for dinner, what's your signature dish?
I don't have one. When I have people over I try to cook something that fits with what I know of their tastes. But dessert will probably be something cold and creamy, like a pannacotta or a fruit fool, and if artichokes are in season there will definitely be artichoke fritters with cava to begin.
What is your guilty food pleasure?
I don't feel guilt about food. I think it is unhealthy to attach those sorts of judgements.
Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn?
I'm not very picky really. People say they are scared to cook for me, but it is totally unnecessary - I am just happy to have a night off cooking myself!
Now, in theory the next step is to tag 5 other bloggers - which I am not going to do. I want to hear what all of you have to say, so please consider yourself tagged!