We are extremely excited to share with you our Blogger of the Month, Kellie from Food to Glow. She’s a food-obsessed Floridian living in the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland. Kellie is an American cancer health educator with a taste for global food and her blog is a true treasure box of healthy recipes and advice. She’s a true inspiration and we’re delighted to share her story with you! We got in touch to ask Kellie a few questions, and here’s what she had to say:
1. What inspired you to start your blog?
I started the blog to reach people who couldn’t attend one of my cancer nutrition workshops. People on my courses would ask if I had information and recipes for their friends and relatives elsewhere who were either going through cancer treatment, or wanted a guidance on how they could help protect themselves from cancer. Now when people come to the blog they see healthy colourful recipes, and most people don’t know what I do ‘in real life’ unless they read my bio. The cancer aspect isn’t in your face but is there if anyone wishes to know more.
2. Where do you find inspiration for recipes?
The seasons – what is in an ordinary grocery store, the markets, my garden (whatever the pests haven’t eaten) – is a main inspiration. While ingredients themselves inspire I am also compelled to experiment by my love of trying new things. I don’t read too many blogs these days but I do like to flick through ‘foreign’ cookbooks, travel magazines, and try to fly to as many places as money and time allow. My blog combines seasonal British ingredients with my love of ‘global food’, most especially Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, North African and Nordic.
3. What is your favourite recipe in your blog and why?
Oh gosh, I love (nearly) all of my recipes, and for different reasons, so this is a hard one! Hmm, I love kimchi, and eat it in some form just about every day, so any of my recipes that use kimchi. Since I can eat a stack of these without any help whatsoever, I will say Kimchi Jeon – Kimchi (and Carrot) Pancakes. A more ‘normal’ craving is probably for my Pad Thai Crepes, which are really open-faced omelets with lovely herbs, dressing and spiralised vegetables. I love a punchy sauce so I always make double of this one.
Source: Kellie’s Food To Glow
4. What would be your dream destination regarding food?
That’s easy: Japan. I have had a couple of opportunities to go but it hasn’t worked out so far. My husband goes a bit for his work and teases me with menus and pictures. I love the Japanese cultural reverence for food and wish we had a bit more of that here in the UK. And I want to experience properly made tofu, the tea houses, the restaurants devoted to just one ingredient (the soba noodle shacks, for starters).
5. What is your most spectacular kitchen fail?
Because I’ve been cooking for over 25 years, I don’t have many recent disasters that spring to mind, but I do find that when I am multi-tasking like crazy – making three or four dishes simultaneously for work – I can leave something out if I am not careful. I’ve had to scrape cake batter out of its tin to frantically beat in some egg. That’s actually frighteningly common for me!
We hope you love this blog as much as we do, visit Kellie’s Food To Glow to see for yourself. Also, check out our previous featured bloggers like Baking with Honey, Patisserie Makes Perfect, Culinary Canvas, The Kitchen Shed or Well Worn Whisk. Get in touch if you know any other bloggers out there who deserve a mention, simply comment below with your thoughts and don’t forget to tune in next month where we reveal the next URBAN eat blog of the month