Tuesday 29 November 2011

Food Bloggers Unplugged

I've been tagged by Suelle of Mainly Baking, for this fairly nifty questionnaire that is doing the rounds at the moment. Initiated by Susan from A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate, it's a little Q&A designed to get to know your fellow food bloggers a bit better. And it gives me a post without requiring actually cooking anything, which is a nice change.
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?

My mother.

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!


leaf (the indolent cook) said...

Aw thanks for the mention! I would love to eat at your table, too - I've been particularly lusting after all those spicy things you've been making over the past few months. Maybe one day! :D

Suelle said...

Lovely comments. Thanks for taking part.

Your new blog background takes some getting used to, after the unremitting darkness! ;-)

~~louise~~ said...

Love all these clever insights, Foodycat. I wish I even had a battered copy of the Australian Women's Weekly, and any edition would do. As for the Elizabeth David book, mine is beyond recognition. I've never ever cooked one thing out of it either! I'm embarressed to use it for a post I'm planning for her birthday; December 26th.

Thanks for sharing...And thank you for giving us a peek into your world of blogging...

Angie's Recipes said...

Are those background chillies from that chilli plant that you blogged about before?
Nice to learn more about you through "FB unplugged"!

Brain said...

I love your answer to the question about the guilty food pleasure! Spot on :)

Susan said...

Thanks for joining in! Microplane graters are truly remarkable things mine is the only thing I use for garlic, I love that grater. x

Alicia Foodycat said...

Leafy - One day we will be in the same hemisphere at the same time!

Suelle - it's a bit of a change, isn't it?!

Louise - the AWW books are great. They always work!

Angie - yes, that was from the first harvest of Twilights

Brain - thanks!

Susan - thanks for the great idea!

Deb in Hawaii said...

Very fun to learn a little bit more about you. ;-)

Barbara said...

Always fun to read these! Aren't we lucky to have mothers (and grandmothers) who taught us to love to cook?

Alicia Foodycat said...

Deb - thanks!

Barbara - it is, isn't it?

Joanne said...

It was so much fun learning about your blogging inspiration and food loves!

Caroline said...

Love reading more about you - it's been such an interesting tag this one!

Like the new blog background - Urchin didn't manage to upset all your chilli plants then!

Mary Bergfeld said...

I loved learning a bit more about you. Now I know I'd love to have a cup of coffee with you :-)., I hope you have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

Alicia Foodycat said...

Joanne - thanks!

C - no, the little thug didn't wipe these out.

Mary - I hope that one day we can!

grace said...

nice read! i especially like the line about guilt and food--i second that, again and again!


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