I was asked by my friend Erica from Erica’s Recipes to participate in a blog tour. I don’t have a new recipe for you today, but here’s the florentine cookie recipe from the picture, it’s a good one.
The blog tour is about bloggers paying it forward to other bloggers, we all answer 4 questions about our writing process and then go on to introduce 3 of our favorite bloggers.
I’ve learned a lot in my short 8 months of blogging (wow, where did 8 months go?). One of the biggest and most shocking thing I learned is bloggers supporting other bloggers. You would think it would be cutthroat and catty and I’ve found it to be the complete opposite. I’ve met some amazing and talented ladies (and a couple of gentlemen) and made some great friends, but more on that later. On to the questions about my writing process:
1. What am I working on?
At the start of blogging, I found myself a little unorganized and got flustered with my photography, styling and even cooking. I felt like I was just cooking, writing, and shooting everyday and not getting ahead. Now, I’m finally ahead. I have blog posts scheduled 2 weeks in advance with a list of more than 50 recipes like traditional British desserts and great summer recipes.
2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
My blog tagline is ‘authentic recipes, honest ingredients’. This means that nothing is packaged or processed, everything is from scratch with real ingredients. Even before the blog, I would make my own chicken stock instead of boxed. This doesn’t work for everyone, but it works for me because I know exactly what ingredients are going in my dishes.
3. Why do I write what I do?
Because it’s all about the food. The intro into my recipes is all about the process that got me to the recipe and why I used certain ingredients.
4. How does my writing process work?
It doesn’t always work. Sometimes I sit down to write a blog post and can’t come up with an interesting intro. What I have found it, once I get the recipe written that helps the rest of the wrting come.
So back to my newly found blogging friends:
Culinary Hill – I got to know Meggan after noticing her beautiful photography on Foodgawker. I asked her to be a member of my group Pinterest board and we are now great friends that are in contact almost daily. Meggan has given me some great blogging advice that you can only get from first hand experience and that is very important to me. Meggan ‘s blog has recipes that appeal to everyone from dishes like Cocoa Cola chicken wings, to homemade ancho chile powder that could inspire anyone to get into the kitchen.
Healing Tomato – Rini has a great vegetarian blog. For those who think vegetarian eating is bland and boring you could not be more wrong. Rini comes up with inventive and unique recipes that would make any hard-core carviore want to eat her food. From elegant vegetarian sushi rolls to comforting flatbread pizza with cherries, I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Christina’s Cucina – Christina and I have a lot in common and has become such an inspiration to me. Like myself, she was born in the U.K (Scotland for,England for me) and we now both live in Los Angeles. We seem to share similar personalities and a love for the food of our heritage. Christina makes dishes from her roots, not only her Scottish roots with recipes like Cranachan, A Lovely Scottish Dessert, Christina is also half Italian, so she also shares recipes from her mother and family like Zia Francesca’s Penne alla Vodka and her blog posts come with great family stories and history.