The lovely Shari from Good Food Week has nominated me for the “Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award”. Don’t worry I had to google it too! It’s kinda like a bloggers version of a chain letter. Did you ever get a chain letter as a kid? I did and I LOVED the concept. I would wait eagerly by the mailbox for a letter from far-flung locations like Bundaberg, Walgett or Melbourne. So, you can imagine my excitement about doing this and nominating some other blogs that I love. Hopefully you will learn more about me, Play with Food and find some other great blogs to read too.
The rules to Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award are that Shari has given me a list of questions to answer (along with 9 other awesome bloggers). I answer Shari’s questions and then nominate some other blogs and give them a list of questions to answer too. So, firstly here are my answers:
- If you could be one Australian blogger, who would you be?
That is so hard to answer – so many wonderful bloggers have come to the blogging platform for so many reasons. I love how Chantelle from Fat Mum Slim uses everyday photography and appreciating little moments to make people smile. I am not as creative as her but I hope the way I use fruit and vegies in a playful way can inspire many smiles too.
- If you had to eat a vegetable everyday for the rest of your life, what vegetable would it be? And what would be the top five recipes that you would make with that vegetable?
Probably Sweet Potato! (Closely followed by Brussels sprouts and broccoli)
I would have it on top of cottage pie, baked with a drizzle of olive oil and sea salt flakes, as crispy chips (recipe in my eBook), in a baked risotto and also mashed and spread on some toasted sourdough with goats cheese, avocado and pine nuts.
- What would your theme song be?
ha ha ha … I hope its not my food safety song that I wrote last week to the tune of jingle bells! But let’s face it – who doesn’t get excited about stopping food-borne illness by following time and temperature related guidelines? Yep, I am that exciting! So, it’s probably that or “Wild Thing”.
- What accomplishment are you most proud of?
My daughters! (oh and snagging the man of my dreams)
- Who is your favourite person to follow on Instagram?
Shannon from Oh Creative Day! @ohcreativeday – I love her hashtag #thiscreativeday as it makes me see the creativity you can have in the everyday moments.
- Did you attend the #PBEvent? And if you didn’t did you follow it on social media?
No. I did see it all over social media and it made me so jealous! Subsequently, I have decided to go to Eat.Drink.Blog in Canberra next month to see first hand what all the blogging-conference-fuss is about.
- Do you like a home cooked meal or do you prefer to go out to a restaurant?
I love home cooked meals that my hubby prepares. I find I am more relaxed at home. Yet, I absolutely love a special meal out. With the family we love a cafe for brunch or Yum Cha. On the rare date night, I love checking out “up and coming” restaurants (from my 2010 Good Food Guide) or just going to my local hotel. It has really hit the bar when it comes to quality gastro-pub meals.
- What makes you smile?
From my blogging-life – I smile when I get amazing feedback about my recipes and fussy eater tips.
From my classes – I can’t help but beam when children and parents get their “ah-ha” moments and realise that happy mealtimes are just around the corner.
In my “other life” – hands down it is my husband, my daughters, blue skies and a good meal.
- Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog as a place to put all of the tips and recipes that I wanted to give to parents that attend my Play with Food classes. It has become an absolute joy for me to write. My main aim with the blog is to inspire parents to make mealtimes happier for their families. I find that I have too many ideas and by putting them here in my blog, it helps me point parents in the right direction for tips that help with their specific situation. Helping families get to happy mealtimes is not a one-size-fits-all approach but I have lots of tools and ideas for parents.
- What are you looking forward to achieving this Spring?
I am looking forward to my first blogging conference, running some more classes at the end of October for toddlers and preschoolers and starting to make the most of the Wet n Wild season pass.
Now, it’s my turn to nominate some amazing bloggers to carry on the Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award.
Nikki from The Kids Menu – love, love, love her work!
Mandy from Little People Nutrition – posting via her facebook page this year whilst her little man is getting used to life with two big sisters.
Jo from Emotionally Aware Feeding – her book “War and Peas” is great for families wanting to get to happy mealtimes and medical reasons behind fussy eating behaviours have been ruled out.
Amanda from Cooker and A Looker – I have only recently stumbled across her blog when she had me at her recipe for Broccoli and Haloumi Fritters
Ruth from Pea Fritters is also a new find. I love her allergen friendly recipes and how she is telling it like it is with 2 littlies in tow.
Here are my questions for them:
a) Where do you live?
b) Explain your blog in 10 words or less.
c) What is your favourite thing to treat yourself with?
d) What is the best tip you have seen on the Play with Food blog?
e) What is your go-to healthy food (quick, always on hand and easy)?
f) What is the funniest meme you have seen this week?
g) What is your favourite exercise (don’t worry mine is playing at the park with my kids – i don’t formally “exercise”)?
h) Do you have a personal mantra or philosophy that keeps you motivated?
i) Which song reminds you of being young and care-free?
j) If you could have dinner with either Tom Cruise or Gordon Ramsay – who would you choose and why?
I’d also love to hear from you – what makes you smile? who do you love to follow on Instagram (other than me ;p)? What vegetable could you eat for the rest of your life?