The first challenge is to define yourself as a food blogger and why you should be the next food blog star?
What defines me as a food blogger ? The same thing that makes me stay up until 2am and then get back up again at 6am - my family.
When I decided to start my blog, the one person in the world that knew about it was my hubby , the same one that keeps all my secrets and knows what my deepest dreams are. Instead of scoffing at me for wanting to join the sea of bloggers that already exists he said "Great idea, go for it, you will be great !" Was he aware that he was agreeing to eat slightly warm food as the plates needed to be photographed first? , that some of our menus would be dictated by some of the challenges that I would take part in, that we would spend most of our 7th wedding anniversary at the very first Paris CupcakeCamp? With his blessing that I would be spending sacred hours of our time either in the kitchen or behind the computer ,my blog was born.
I love food, I always have. Most would say that its normal considering the fact that my mom is an excellent cook. I have very fond memories of us always having something new and different to eat, my mom is famous among her nieces and nephews for her cooking and after looking at her in the kitchen it was normal that some of it would rub off on me. Most kids when they want something are on their best behavior, me, I would make dinner as a surprise or a cake. One of the things that eases me when I'm stressed or tired is to browse cookbooks (paper or online) to get ideas for meals, dishes, to create an experience , a future dinner - this calms me :)
After having kids, I was and still am adamant that my kids have the same food background that I had, that they know what fresh fruits, vegetables taste like and that they know what a whole fish looks like. My son is not a fruit lover, he hates fruits period, BUT he knows what all of their names are and how you eat them. He can tell you the names of cheeses that he can't stand to look at but he knows what they are. Does this make me proud ? Yes, he knows the names and the smells and with time he will grow to like it but my recompense is that I feel as though what we are doing makes a difference.
Like so many other mom's out there, its hard to ensure that our kids eat balanced home cooked meals, that birthdays and specials occasions are celebrated with the pomp and style that they deserve. My goal of this blog is not only to share my love of cooking but that it IS possible to be a working mom , have a career and still prepare delicious meals on a daily basis. By no means is it easy but it is doable.
Why should I go forward ? No fancy answers, only the fact that I love preparing meals for my loved ones, that I enjoy sharing my passion with men and women across the world and that we can contact via the Internet. For me one of the ways that I show my love for my family is by the food that I prepare and this is what makes me the blogger that I am.
**Judging will be open from Monday 20th September.