One thing I never expected when I began my wee little blog is the whole community that exists behind it – people who share and support each other to keep up this little sideline which has fast morphed from a place to jot down random food musings to something that occupies a great deal of my waking hours! #fdbloggers is a great example of this community – it takes form in the way of a Twitter chat every Thursday evening at 8pm (British time) and we have loads of food related meanderings over there.
Most recently, Loriley, she of #fdbloggers creator fame, came up with the idea of a little Q&A for all us to get to know each other a bit more. So without further ado, here is a bit more about inher30s.
Manasi. Bit hard to pronounce this, so imagine dropping the second A and rhyming it with Nancy.
What was your reason for starting a blog?
It was the eve of my 30th birthday, we were out to dinner at Cinnamon Club and I was whining about wanting something new and different to kick start the new decade of my life, something creative to complement my excel-based work life and the husband suggested I start a blog about my 30s and all that life throws at you in this decade.
I love eating out and going to restaurants and so it quickly became that it was a place for me record my thoughts on the restaurants I had been to and now, I use the blog as an excuse to always be trying out something new!
With the arrival of the sprog though, the reviews will slow down a little and I will begin to cover a few more posts on my attempts in the kitchen!
What’s the dish you’re most proud of?
Now despite all my food chat, I’m not actually a very great cook. And before you think I’m being modest, just ask my family – as guinea pigs to my culinary creations, they are well versed in my kitchen failures. But I have been trying and I’d like to think I’m improving. Recently, I made 3 cakes for my husband completing 100 Park Runs – a pineapple upside down cake, lemon lavender loaf and banana cake and they turned out pretty good!
What one kitchen utensil could you not live without?
A sharp knife! Even a poor chef like me can’t work without good tools!
You’re stranded on a desert island. What three ingredients do you take with you?
Sourdough bread, Eggs and Cheese.So much goodness can be found in just those three ingredients!
Who do you take inspiration from?
I got an Olive magazine gift subscription which I love! I also love watching all the various Food TV channels there are out there – Jamie Oliver and Nigella are my favourites.
Your favourite social media platform?
It’s a toss up between Instagram and Twitter!
Biggest disaster in the kitchen?
Oh dear, so many. Most recently, we got a new oven installed and for about 2 weeks I was using the grill function on everything instead of bake and couldn’t understand why I kept burning all our meals!
Favourite spot for coffee?
I admit a fondness for a certain overpriced green coffee chain, but in the non chain world, I love coffee at White Mulberries over in St Katharine’s Docks. And well, while I’m there, a cake to go with it is pretty much a requirement.
Favourite food photo you’ve taken?
In photography technical terms, this may not be the best, but this photo my friends is of a coconut encrusted Nutella french toast I had at Jade Mountain in Saint Lucia. Just writing those words has me salivating, such was the power of that french toast.
What would you say was your most successful blog post and why?
I would count my series of posts from Le Manoir as my most successful – a year later, these posts still get a fair amount of traffic, but more importantly I think they were the most fun to write!