Liebster award

I'm thrilled to have been nominated for a Liebster award. Thanks so much to Jo from Emotionally Aware Feeding for nominating me. Here's her post. The Liebster Award is a way for bloggers to get to know each other and celebrate finding new blogs. I've put a bit at the end of this post about the rules.

Here are my answers to her questions.

1. What do you think is the secret to writing a great blog?
Write about something you're passionate about. It sounds obvious but if you really care about your subject matter the ideas will keep flowing and you'll keep your readers interest!

2. What advice would you give to someone who was contemplating starting a blog?
Think carefully about your choice of subject material and blog name. Decide whether you want to do something very specific, or be more general. Make sure your choice of name won't limit you further down the line. At the same time however, it's important to find your niche - what will make you stand out from the crowd?

3. What do you blog about?
I blog about my mission to get my kids to eat more fruit and vegetables. I started out mainly blogging recipes which hid fruit or vegetables in food. These days I don't need to do that so much but all my recipes include some fruit or veg. 

4. Who is your favourite author and why?
Impossible question to answer - I have so many. I've recently been really enjoying the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin, which follows the lives of a group of friends living in San Francisco over a number of decades. Some, but not all, of the characters are gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgender and for this reason the books sometimes appear in the LGBT section of my local library, and sometimes in the fiction section.

5. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? You can have four guests, dead, alive, real or fictional.
I find questions like this really hard to answer - so many possibilities. The first person would be Yotam Ottolenghi, preferably in the kitchen, although he'd be welcome at the table too of course!; followed by my husband Daniel because with three kids and his demanding job we really spend far too little time together; my granny Lily, to ask her all those questions about living in London during the war that my five-year-old son asks and I can't remember the answers to and to hear her tell me about her first banana one last time; and Mary Berry, because I reckon she'd be brilliant company and could be relied upon to keep the wine glasses topped up all night. She might bring along a nice pudding too!

6. What is your favourite foodie memory?
The look on my husband Daniel's face on our first day in India back in 2008 when he was served with a dosa that measured at least 2 ft. 

7. What is your favourite place to eat out?
I don't get out much at the moment as I have a young baby but I absolutely love the Ottolenghi restaurants in London. Nopi is my favourite with incredible food and even the toilets are amazing. I went there once on a hen do. The lovely staff didn't even bat an eyelid when 20 women dressed as Where's Wally turned up at the door and went out of their way to change our menu to suit the large number of vegetarians in our party.

8. What do you do to relax?
Not enough at the moment, but I usually read a novel. I don't watch a lot of TV, I'd almost always prefer to curl up with a good book. The other thing I do to relax is cook. I like nothing better than getting stuck into a big session in the kitchen. Sometimes I'm sure I can see Daniel's heart sinking at the thought of the washing up though!

9. Do you have any pets?
No, my three year old daughter is desperate for us to get rabbits but I would inevitably end up being the one to look after them and I don't have the mental energy for that.

10.  If you could spend a weekend in any city in the world, where would you choose?
Right now it would have to be Buenos Aires. We have family there and my husband's cousin has just had his first baby, Esme. I am desperate to meet her!

11. Rice or pasta?
I think it would have to be rice because it's just so versatile and I love Indian food.

Thanks again to Jo for nominating me.

In turn I am nominating some fellow bloggers from a blogging group I'm a member of:

Joski Byrne

Day Patience

Hella Turnup

Eat with Ellen 

The Sweet Seven Five 

And my lovely friend Gemma who blogs at:

More Than Just Toast

Here are my questions to the nominees:

1. Why did you start your blog?
2. What's your first memory?
3. What's the best thing about where you live?
4. What's your favourite biscuit?
5. Scrambled, fried or poached?
6. What item of clothing have you still got from when you were a teenager?
7. If you could have a superpower what would it be?
8. What song do you always sing in karaoke?
9. What's the first song you remember buying/downloading?
10. Best holiday you've ever had?
11. Where do you see your blogging journey taking you in a year's time?

More about the Liebster Award
I'd heard of the Liebster Award before, and was in fact nominated for one a few years ago for a different blog I used to write, but I couldn't remember the rules. Luckily Stressed Mum has written this useful post about the award. Here are the rules (thanks Stressed Mum for this!). 

1.  Acknowledge, link back and thank the person that nominated you.
2.  Use the Liebster Award image to add to the post.
3.  Answer 11 questions given to you
4.  Nominate up to 11 bloggers.
5.  Don’t forget to let these bloggers know!
6.  Give them 11 questions to answer

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