You may have seen the Blogland Tour floating around lately. Basically, it’s a fun little Q&A about the creative process, upcoming projects and fun things we’ve got in the works. My friend Jessica from Sparkles and Glue recently nominated me to lead the next leg of the tour.
1. What am I working on?
Currently, lots of fun Halloween things. I never used to enjoy Halloween much. There’s a weird time period between childhood and adulthood where the holiday really isn’t good for much. Now, I adore it. I binge on scary movies, eat lots of candy, hang out with family doing fun fall things and plan lots of fun and spooky treats. This year, I’m working on creepy candy apples and broken glass candy. Eerie, right?
2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I’m not sure that my work really does differ. I try to cook, and write, from the heart. Mainly, I started this blog here to write more. It turned into something different when I realized that cooking wasn’t actually impossible like I’d originally thought. I now try to expand my skills but mainly keep this space about writing. I think my genuine nature, ability to be self-deprecating and willingness to try things at least once set me apart a bit from my fellow food bloggers. Everyone has a schtick. I’d like to think mine is humor and writing with a side of home cooking.
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
The short answer: because I like it. The better answer: because you like it. I start out thinking of recipes that I’ll eat. Because hell, I’m not going to create a gross raisin recipe because raisins are gross unless covered in copious amounts of chocolate. And someone has to eat this stuff once it’s tested and photographed, right? But looking back on what is popular and what the readers favor, I can take those ideas and meld them together with what I like to create something fun, tasty and pleasing for everyone involved (except the picky people I live with who like nothing and are thus thin but clearly unfulfilled).
4. How does your creating/writing process work?
I basically always have three to four sheets of scrap paper floating around with random words or phrases on them. “Pumpkin spice caramel cupcakes” or “Sludge Slime Candies”. I’d like to say that for me, organization is key. That would be a lie. I can maintain organization in my professional life but in my home life and blogging life, I prefer to be more creative and less by the book. It results in a lot of sticky notes, drawings, doodles and ideas floating around the entire house and taking over my purse. When it comes time to write, I sit down and write exactly what I’m thinking, feeling, being. It’s obvious when I’ve hit a road block since the paragraphs are shorter. And when I’ve got a stroke of creative genius or a hit of adrenaline about one thing or another, you’ll get too many words. Writing, for me, is catharsis. A purge. So I do that. Until I’m done. And then sit down two days later with a different recipe in front of me and then repeat the entire process again.
And now, meet some of my friends!
Amanda is from the Kitcheneer and it definitely one of my favorite gals!
Hi! I am Amanda from The Kitcheneer, where I love engineering healthy recipes for you! I am a twenty something living in Virginia with my loving husband/co-blogger and our fur babies. I love making healthier versions of our favorite foods as well as trying out some fancier dishes ( especially from the great Julia Child). I also keep all my ingredients fresh and local and family friendly!
Jenne comes to us from Mooshu Jenne and is super sweet!
I am inspired by flavors of the Caribbean , Asia and European cooking techniques, and off course the International and Modern Eats of New York City. I believe in cooking with whole ingredients, seasonally, and locally, whenever possible
My blog is fairly new and not a lot of recipes yet, but I have a ton scheduled and at least 1 per day for the next 30 days. As much as I love the Caribbean food, the culture and everything the Caribbean has to offer, it kills me to know not everyone can share my love of the Caribbean culture, it’s food and especially it’s people. Through MY blog and other blogs I have started I will try and post recipes along with tidbits about the recipe and my own take on every one of them.
Most of the recipes I post will be dishes I grew up eating as well as my own modern twist on Island food, I like calling my style of cooking New World Island Cuisine.
So follow me as I travel and cook Good Island eats.
I am in the process of writing a Healthy Caribbean Cookbook and seeking Recipe Testers for this new project of mines, will also begin a fund raising road trip for my cookbook and seeking other bloggers to come along on this journey with me, in the form of hosting Caribbean theme dinner parties, bloggers can contact me through my blog or send me an email directly if anyone is interested. firstname.lastname@example.org.