I’ve been nominated for the Kreativ Blogger Award. Fantastic!
Since 2008 its been awarded to blogs all around the world, a true success for Husfruas Memoarer who originated the award. Unfortunately her blog is in Norwegian, although it’s possible to get a gist using google translate. Check out her lovely pictures.
The rules for this award are as follows:
- Thank the blogger who gave me the award and provide a link.
- List 7 things about myself that my readers might find interesting
- Include the Kreativ Blogger Award Logo
- Nominate 7 other bloggers, provide links, and let them know
Firstly I want to thank The Legal Tart for nominating me, it was a lovely surprise.
And for seven things about me you don’t already know. Here goes.
I think I’m a Masterchef fanatic. Well, truth be told, it’s all about Masterchef Australia. Weeks and weeks of utterly self indulgent cooking, with masterclasses and fabulous food being paraded before me every, thats every day. I love it. Occasionally the youngest Glam Teen can be persuaded to watch too. Perfect family viewing.
Whenever I buy food magazines I always check out the first couple of pages for those snippets of food diary info, new products and tips. I just love kitchen tips. Great solutions to kitchen disasters. Fixes for problems or ideas to make your cooking easier. Here’s a couple:
- If your recipe tastes too sour, often from tomatoes or not cooking out wine sufficiently. Add a large knob of butter and stir until melted, it will soften the flavour and help to balance the dish.
- When rolling pastry, use a piece of parchment on the work top and another piece on top of the pastry. This stops you including too much dusting flour into the dough, making it heavy. keeps your worktop clean and allows you to manoeuvre and roll the pastry much thinner.
I will try most food once. Having spent much of my working life travelling around the world and often having to eat in out of the way towns or served local food in factories I’m visiting, I’d say I’ve become quite brave about what I’ll eat. As a child we ate tripe, pigs trotters, Sil – cured herring and jellied eels (still can’t find a way to like those.). In Sweden, as an Au Pair, I was introduced to smoked reindeer on toast, lumpfish roe and Gjetost a sweet, smoked Norwegian cheese. In the Far East it was snake, sharks fin (until I discovered how it’s caught) and chicken’s feet. The more food I try, the more adventurous my cooking becomes. What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
One of my favourite dishes is prawn mayonnaise. Fresh salty, sweet prawns with real mayonnaise. And only real mayonnaise – rich, creamy with a slight hint of olives. None of that stuff from a jar, however ‘authentic’ it claims to be. But despite making it often, it can still go wrong. If the weather’s too hot or the eggs too cold. An unstable mistress but one that can be mastered even when it does go awry. So if you’re a fan of the real thing but sometimes find it’s not working, here’s what you do. Simply use a new egg yoke and gradually – very slowly, add the previous Mayonnaise mixture to it, stirring to combine between each addition and then add more oil – very slowly as needed. With a little patience you have perfect mayo.
We’re having some work done in the garden. At the side of the house is a small area of worn scrubby grass with high bushes at one side. Some time ago we converted the boiler from oil to gas, but still had the oil tanks. These have now been removed, the scrub paved over and a wonderful patio laid. It’s amazing how much space those tanks took up. Now I can have my herb garden in raised beds right outside the kitchen. Any suggestions for what I should plant?
Cooking’s very relaxing, I spend most of my time either in the kitchen or finding food related treasures to post about. I’ve been doing a lot of relaxing recently and Mr Glam has asked me to take a rest. Actually he said it’s got to stop! Well, only until the cake and cookies are gone.
Here are my seven nominations for The Kreativ Blogger Award and I hope you have as much fun with this as I did.
Amena’s hilarious look at being a wife and mother at Fancy This Fancy That
Harriet’s exploits in the kitchen at The Diary Of A Domestic Disappointment
Dom’s recipes for pheasant to chocolate cake at Belleau Kitchen
Nazneen’s recipes and family life of an ex Brit in Colorado at Coffee and Crumpets
Lizzie’s lifestyle of a PR and Mummy with a shoe addiction at Mummy In Manolos
Chopin and my saucepan’s journal of food and music at Chopin and My Saucepan
Ira Rodriguez, a Bali stay at home wife with a passion for food at Cooking Tackle