I’m a bit slow on the uptake with this, but earlier in the week Suelle at Mainly Baking tagged me to take part in ‘Food Bloggers Unplugged’ – a way of bloggers letting their readers know a bit more about themselves.
As Suelle described me as “the entity that is hingryhinny”, I think it’s fair to say I don’t give too much away about myself – so here is a rare glimpse into the world of the hungry hinny!
What, or who, inspired you to start a blog?
I’ve had several short-lived blogs in the past, but decided to start one to document my adventures in baking, mainly to keep a record of everything I make. I also wanted to have an opportunity to write, as I trained as a journalist but don’t work as one!
Who is your foodie inspiration?
I’m not sure I could pick any one person, I’ve always liked baking and cooking in general, but I guess as most of what I make is eaten by my other half, the friendly pony, he’s probably the biggest influence in what I bake – and the reason it so frequently includes chocolate!
Your greasiest, batter – splattered food/drink book is?
Chocolate, by Joanne Farrow. I’ve had it for years, when I was younger it was pretty much the only book I baked from, and I think pretty much every recipe I’ve tried from it has turned out brilliantly!
Tell us all about the best thing you have ever eaten in another country, where was it, what was it?
Although I’ve eaten loads of great meals abroad, the stand-out one would have to be from visiting Rome earlier this year. On my birthday we went to a restaurant called Il Chianti, near the Trevi fountain, where I discovered for the first time the amazingness of ‘Cacio e Pepe’ (spaghetti with cheese and black pepper) followed by the best tiramisu I have ever eaten. I wish I go could go back and have it again right now…
Another food bloggers table you’d like to eat at is?
That’s such a hard question, every day I see amazing looking food on loads of different blogs – I refuse to choose!
What is the one kitchen gadget you would ask Santa for this year (money no object of course)?
My kitchen is woefully under-equipped, so there are quite a few things I would like… I know Santa (aka my dad) is getting me a set of knives, and ex-Mrs Claus (aka my mum) is getting me a new frying pan – aside from that I’d quite like a super large baking tray for biscuits and cookies and maybe some new cake tins in different sizes and shapes and an oven thermometer…
Who taught you how to cook?
My mum and dad have both taught me bits and pieces – my dad actually works as a cook but thinks I’m too slow in the kitchen so loses patience easily – but most neither of them are massively into cakes and sweet baking so a lot of that comes from books and tv chefs.
I’m coming to you for dinner what’s your signature dish?
I don’t really have a signature as such, but I have had one of my recipes published in a charity cookbook so I suppose I would go for that – vegetarian enchiladas. For dessert, definitely a cheesecake, by far the most requested dessert by my family and the one that gets the best feedback!
What is your guilty food pleasure?
Nutella straight from the jar, it’s just so addictive…
Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn?
Bit embarrassing, but despite spending as much time in the kitchen as I do, there are 3 fairly basic things I can’t do – boil, fry or poach an egg…
So now I’ve revealed all about myself, it’s time for me to tag 5 more people to take part in Food Bloggers unplugged. I know a lot of the blogs I read have already done it, but hopefully these people haven’t – although by no means does this mean you are obliged to take part!