If you’re also a food blogger, you probably already know about the #fdbloggers tag on Twitter and Instagram. It’s where we all kinda come together and share each others work and chat officially once a week for an hour – I forget to show up painfully often, my bad.
The whole #fdbloggers thing was pretty much invented by Loriley as far as I’m aware, which means she essentially created this organised community of us. I’ve cyber-met so many great/talented/hilarious people through this community so Loriley, you’re a total babe and thank you for being so god damned organised. P.S you’re a badass cook.
evidence that Loriley is a badass cook – recipe here
It’s for the above reasons that I’m insanely honoured to be one of the first people to be nominated by her in what I think will be a huge deal amongst us food bloggers. A self-interview of sorts, in which me and you can get all up close and personal via our computer screens. Sounds fun, right? Let’s get into it.
Blog: Cate in the Kitchen
What was your reason for starting a blog? Originally, Cate in the Kitchen was set up to document my journey towards eating more healthily. I’ve had a pretty dodgy relationship with food since I was about 14 or 15 and this was a way of me tackling that. I’m kinda still working on it, but CITK isn’t so much about super healthy food anymore as it is about celebrating my undying love for the stuff and making it taste as delicious as humanly possible. I’m really one of those bloggers that doesn’t have a proper focus or niche and my attitude to everything changes on an almost daily basis. But if you’re still reading at this point then I guess that means you don’t mind..
What’s the dish you’re most proud of? I think I would probably say my roasted butternut squash pasta sauce. I remember being so happy when I published the recipe and two people made it and sent me pictures the next day! I still make it probably about once a month (regardless of the season, England is an endless winter is it not?) because it’s so perfectly simple, comforting and delicious.
What one kitchen utensil could you not live without? A teaspoon so that I can eat things – mostly peanut butter – out of jars whenever I feel like it. That’s the honest to god truth.
You’re stranded on a desert island. What three ingredients do you take with you? Eggs, avocados and tomatoes. Breakfast for days, baby!
Who do you take inspiration from? Every single person I read. I spend a huge amount of my time reading other food blogs, reading the food supplements from online newspapers and magazines, listening to food podcasts – and I take it all in and I keep it in my brain to influence how I think and cook in the kitchen.
Your favourite social media platform? Instagram. I mentally answered that in a heartbeat. I think visual content is just so enjoyable to create and to consume. There are so many people doing amazing things with food out there and I can see them all from this tiny little device that fits in my damn pocket, what a time to be alive! (You can follow me here, my feed is food porn central 24/7 I promise)
Biggest disaster in the kitchen? I know I’m being a douchebag here, but I really can’t think of any huge kitchen disasters. I mean there’s the occasional thing that doesn’t go quite right – mostly with baking: cakes sinking, cookies spreading way too thin, cupcakes over rising, that sort of thing – but never have I ever had an “oh my fucking god this is an insane kitchen disaster” moment. Maybe I’m playing life too safe? Maybe I mentally block all bad things that happen? Who knows.
Favourite spot for coffee? I’m torn between my bed when it’s raining outside and I’m watching a Harry Potter movie or sitting by the harbour in St. Ives with a takeaway cup. Either way, it’s not fancy stuff. I’m hopelessly addicted to caffeine but will drink pretty much anything..
Favourite food photo you’ve taken? Gah it’s gotta be my baby sisters birthday cake because I just think it looks so impressive, and I got so much great feedback on it! There’s so much going on in there too, gin infusions and gold spray, that was just a really exciting cake for me and reminds me of a great night with her. Sidenote: she’s not an actual baby, this was her 18th birthday, just in case you were worried about the whole baby + gin thing.
What would you say was your most successful blog post and why? This is actually a really difficult question. The ones that do really great in terms of constant hits are my courgette brownies and an old almond milk review I did where I compared three popular brand names with each other (I should really do this again with a different product!) but I feel like for me, hit count doesn’t equal success. For me, success is getting you making my recipes in your kitchen, and I think that happened the most with both Piccante Courgetti and Brie and Mango Quesadillas – I refuse to choose between them.
Now nominate three food bloggers you’d like to get to know more. I wanna get to know Mike off of BEARDED BAKERY, Jennie off of SCARLET SCORCH DROPPERS and Rosie off of ROSIE POSIE’S PUDDINGS AND PIES.