Sunday, 20 November 2011

Food Blogger's Unplugged and Carrot Cake

Warning: Following a frenzy of Christmas Baking this last week, normal, non-festive service has resumed (Temporarily. After all, Christmas is just the bestest excuse to eat, drink and be merry bake.)

A little different from normal posts, today I'm joining in the game of tag started by Susan at A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate. A really fun way of learning a little more about the blogger behind the dish, these ten questions have been set:

(NB: I'm sitting in my Mastermind black leather swizzle chair, headtorch shining brightly, ready to answer questions on my specialist subject.

1. What, or who inspired you to start a blog?

I think, as I was doing more and more baking, I thought blogging might be a good platform to write about my trials and tribulations in the kitchen.

2. Who is your foodie inspiration?

Without doubt, the other foodie bloggers whom I follow, crumb by crumb each week.

3. Your greasiest, batter - splattered food/drink book is?

There are definitely pages of Delia's Complete Cookery Course that would need to be steamed apart, so stuck down they are with stale cake mixture and greasy, buttered, fingerprints. I suspect Dan Lepard's book is heading in exactly the same much-loved direction. For savoury foodstuffs (yes, on rare occasions non-sweet items pass my lips. I feel I am cheating on my cake tins saying this) I turn to Nigel's books.

4. Tell us all about the best thing you have ever eaten in another country, where was it, what was it?

Hmmmm...would that be the salt beef sandwich from Katz's Deli in New York? Perhaps that Ferg Burger on that brilliantly cold, drunken night after bungee jumping in New Zealand? That first non-rice dish in Laos when I felt better after a week of food poisoning? Could it be the delicate, dainty macaroons from Laduree in Paris? 

Will stop showing off now.

5. Another food bloggers table you'd like to eat at is?

I'd head straight over to Karen's table at Lavender and Lovage in France- Karen is used to cooking for up to twelve people so I reckon, if I don't eat for a month before hand, I can totally polish off twelve delicious meals.

6. What is the one kitchen gadget you would ask Santa for this year (money no object of course)?

A bright red K-Mix. Or my own washer-upper robot (I'm sure I've seen one on Dragon's Den recently...)

7. Who taught you how to cook?

My family, A, Delia and Jamie.

8. I'm coming to you for dinner what's your signature dish?

Three courses of cake?

9. What is your guilty food pleasure? 

Angel Delight and DairyLea.


10. Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn?

I won first prize, a red rosette, for Amateur Goat Herding at The Royal Welsh Show circa 1994.

To continue I now need to tag five further bloggers...

1. Working London Mummy, found right here
2. Nelly's Cupcakes, found right here
3. Corner Cottage Bakery, found right here
4. Cake, Crumbs and Cooking, found right here
5. Mainly Baking, found right here

And, because this post wouldn't be complete without cake, here's one I made earlier.

Its the Yummy, Scrummy Carrot Cake from Good Food Magazine, May 2002 and can be found online right here

Baker's notes...

  • Truth is, I think I prefer this carrot cake mainly because I have an insatiable appetite for the cream cheese icing
  • Still this is one very easy, very moist bake which will keep for a few days in an airtight receptacle


  1. I love this blog as you always make me smile...lovely account of you...but the goat herding prize has blown me away! Thanks for joining in x

  2. Love the goat herding! Loved reading your answers.

  3. It's really nice knowing more about you. The goat herding made me laught - well done! Love the cake too. Carrot cake just isnt the same without cream cheese frosting for me.

  4. Snap same cookery book ! good ole Delia, this is a really interesting post :-)Thanks

  5. Kate, I love your posts, they make me laugh so much. I guess goat herding might come in handy some day.

  6. Wow Kate, what a compliment to be your desired blogger table! When you come and see me, I am sure you will one day, I will cook ALL 12 courses for you and sit you in the garden under an umbrella with a big glass of wine!!
    Loved reading more about you......
    PS: Snap ~ same Delia book too!

  7. PS: Goat herding, nearly choked on my cuppa, great accolade!

  8. Kate,
    Your answers are brilliant, I wouldn't expect any less from you!
    Now you've got me thinking.....Katz's Deli brings back lots of fond memories for me too.
    Can't say the same for the goat herding though. That made me chuckle xx

  9. love the answers here, what nice food experiences and travels. was lovely to see you last week, hopefully see you soon xx

  10. Amateur Goat Herding - really? Are you a professional now?:) Really enjoyed reading the answers. I never came across Ferg burger in NZ. In any case good to have it after the bungy jump!

  11. I think heading over to France to Karen is an excellent ploy! I like your thinking!

  12. Lol - I'm known for saying (in my ofline circles) "And there'll always be cake" - well there certainly is online and here it is. Love carrot cake nom nom!

    Thanks for your unplugged - like the mastermind effect :o


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