Blog Hop

My friends O and S have a food blog called A Finger in the Pie (you should check it out!) and they tagged me in a “blog hop” they participated in. It’s basically like an email forward quiz (remember those?), and I thought it would be a good way to introduce myself a bit more! I challenge any of you reading who also have a blog to participate by answering the following questions on your site and linking to a bunch of your own favourite blogs!

What is the working title of your next blog post?

Flourless peanut butter cookies!

Where did the idea come from for the blog?

I’ve been reading food blogs since I learned to cook. I baked a lot with my mom when I was little, but I didn’t really learn how to cook until I moved out on my own in university. I’d call my mom often to ask how to make this or that, and I had a couple good cookbooks (thanks for not letting me starve, Jeanne Lemlin!) but it wasn’t until I discovered food blogs that I cooked for any reason other than sustenance. Hearing people’s stories and the meaning they got from cooking, eating and feeding others was humbling and inspiring. I wanted to participate in this community, and here we are!

What genre does your blog fall under?

This is definitely a food blog, but I’d like to branch out a bit. I’d like to share what I’m reading, where I’m eating, the outcomes of my (successful) craft nights with friends, etc. I sometimes find it really hard to talk about myself and what’s going on in my life, so I think some slow and gentle branching out is in order.

Which actor would you choose to play your character in a movie rendition?

Hmmm. Can I be animated?

What is a one-sentence synopsis of your blog?

A vegetarian food blog, with hints of tea and books.

How long did it take you to write the draft of your first blog post?

It was a very familiar cupcake recipe, so not long (maybe half an hour?)

What other blogs would you compare this to within your genre?

For vegan/vegetarian food blogs, I really like the Curvy Carrot, Hell Yeah It’s Vegan!, the Post Punk Kitchen and Oh She Glows. 101 Cookbooks and Sprouted Kitchen aren’t vegetarian, but many of their recipes are, and they both also focus on whole foods and natural products.

Who or what inspired you to start this blog?

Food! And the C.S. Lewis quote I named the food blog after: “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

What else about your blog might pique your readers’ interest?

I have a lot of trouble finding totally vegetarian food blogs, so that may pique some people’s interest. I’m also hoping to try to do some regular “features”, like restaurant reviews, books I’m reading, etc. I’m a creature of order and routine, and I’d love to have a bit of structure around here.

Here are the bloggers whose work you can check out next:

I don’t know many bloggers personally, but these are the blogs whose URLs I have memorized and that I read daily.

  • Annie’s Eats: This is perhaps my favourite food blog. The recipes are simple and delicious, the photos are beautiful, and the writer (Annie) is just so lovely and cheerful.
  • Joy the Baker: I just got the Joy the Baker cookbook, but I’ve been reading the blog for years. It’s my go-to for baking recipes.
  • Smitten Kitchen: I also just go the Smitten Kitchen cookbook after years of reading the blog. A lot of my favourite recipes that I come back to over and over again (ratatouille, lemon risotto, the best brownies on the planet, etc.) are from here.
  • Orangette: Reading this blog is like reading a collection of short stories. Every entry is so beautifully written that I savour every word, even if the recipe doesn’t appeal to me. Luckily, most of the recipes DO appeal to me as well!
  • Dooce: This isn’t a food blog, but it makes me cry with laughter every time I read it. The author has two children and two dogs, and describes herself as a “recovering Mormon”.
  • A Beautiful Mess: This isn’t a food blog either, but the writers (sisters Emma and Elsie) often post food and drink recipes. This blog is also one of my main sources for crafting and DIY projects!
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