Debra, at Eliot’s Eats, kindly featured me on her Three-Blog-Tour last Sunday. Now it’s my turn to introduce you to sites I read on a regular basis.
As part of this tour I'm meant to answer 4 questions so you can get to know me a little better. I am using the pre-set questions (even though I was tempted to make new questions) so...here goes.
Here I am, still trying to decide if I like highlights in my hair!
You may as well see who you are talking to here :-)
What am I working on currently on the blog?
Debbie in Nevada (who writes at The Friday Friends) inspired me to start a project called Cookbook Countdown. I select one of my cookbooks, pick a recipe, prepare it and write about it. This is an effort to use all my books but has also been beneficial in cleaning out the house. Many of these books have made their way into bags which are destined for a charity shop.
Besides this pet project I write book reviews at Novel Meals. Sometimes, it's a cookbook review or if it's super foodie-centric, I cross post from Novel Meals to this site. Different readers at different blogs.
How does my work differ than others of its genre?
My site isn’t solely dedicated to food. Yes, I do write about food more often than not but I also write about books, wine, our shiba inus, our failed garden and life around this humid swamp we call home. I love to cook but I write about a variety of things.
Why do I write what I do?
I scribble observations, my goals, I vent, talk about wine we liked or a good meal. I just love to write. My first online journal focused on genealogy and some food posts slipped in there. Then book posts appeared. Obviously motivation is needed for me to post but I don’t stick to any one theme/subject.
How does my writing process work?
There isn’t a process. I don’t have plans or an outline. This site is a journal which happens to be in electronic format. I have kept a journal since I was in elementary school and when I started an online version I never in a hundred years thought anyone else would actually read it. My husband reads it but he loves me and is supportive of any ol’ venture I focus on. So, no process.
Now it’s my turn to pick a few sites I follow and introduce you to them.
All the way across the world from me is Sue who writes at Couscous and Consciousness. Sue lives in New Zealand, a place I would love to visit one day.
She is one of the hosts of I ♥ Cooking Club, a yoga instructor and a wonderful cook. I met Sue years ago through a cooking club and enjoy browsing her site for healthy recipes. I love that Sue uses free range, organic and mostly seasonal ingredients in her recipes.
You can peruse her site and find many good recipes but check out this Mocha, Date and Meringue ice cream she made!
Another of my favorite posts include Spiced Apple French Toast and her trip to Greece. If you like to cook with natural ingredients and prepare healthy fare for your family, this is a blog you will want to visit.
Across the ocean in the opposite direction is Lucy of The Pie Patch. She is in England.
I discovered Lucy’s site through my culinary twin Jo (Welsh cook exiled in England). Jo was raving about one of Lucy’s recipes – Chicken Tray Bake – and I just had to try it. We have had this recipe several times since. It’s on our meal planning rotation. Since checking out The Pie Patch I have become a regular reader.
Lucy writes about crochet and has inspired me to start a new hooking project. She writes up dynamite recipes, meal planning posts, budget conscious shopping and living posts, gardening as well as posting on women’s issues (delicate matters :- ). One feature she has is called Lucy's List. HERE is an example of one of her meal planning lists.
Check out this baked gammon she made last December. Makes me hungry.
For any of my UK readers please check out her giveaway for yarn and a nice crochet hook. I can’t enter but as I said, if you are in the UK do check it out if you like crocheting.
That does it for me. I hope you will check out Couscous and Consciousness and The Pie Patch and enjoy their writing style as much as I do. They will be featuring some of their regular blog visits next Sunday.
Thanks again, Debra for featuring my site last week!