For our December Blogger of the Month, we’ve chosen to feature Jacqueline, creator of Tinned Tomatoes. We love vegetarian and vegan food here at URBAN Eat, that’s why we created sandwiches like the Bhaji Bonanza sandwich.
Jacqueline creates mouth watering recipes for all the family. Not only is she a brilliant cook but she is also a regular contributor to Vegan Life Magazine and Readers Digest. What makes her blog interesting is the Blog Challenges, where Tinned Tomatoes, and other blogs alike take part in recurring recipe challenges with names such as Pasta Please and No Croutons Required. This is the reason we wanted to ask her a few questions about her blog and love for food:
1.What inspired you to start your blog?
I started my blog in 2007. At the time I didn’t know anything about blogs. I followed one called The Next Nigella where the blogger was working her way through Nigella cookbooks, trying out the recipes and talking about how it went and what went wrong. I was instantly hooked, although I had no idea it was a blog that I was reading. Then I went on a web 2.0 course which was all about social media and one of the things they covered was blogs. I went home that night and thought I could do that and so my blog began. Tinned Tomatoes, named to remind me to be more experimental and not just start of each dish with a tin of tomatoes.
2.Where do you find inspiration for recipes?
Inspiration can come from what’s in season at the time, a conversation with a friend, a glance in my fridge to see what needs used up or even just a craving for a particular type of food.
3.What is your favourite recipe in your blog and why?
I have a couple of sausage bakes on my blog that I love. Roast Vegetable, Chickpea and Sausage Bake with a tomato sauce and a Veggie Sausage, Lentil and Red Pepper Bake which has a gravy sauce. They’re both the simplest meals that just involve throwing ingredients into a roasting pan, but they make the most gloriously comforting meals that my family love.
4.What would be your dream destination regarding food?
Definitely Italy. I love Italian food. It’s so seasonal, fresh and hearty and varies so much from region to region. It’s a treasure trove for good vegetarian recipes, especially the traditional peasant dishes.
5.What is your most spectacular kitchen fail?
I once blended some homemade soup in my mother-in-law’s food processor. Unfortunately I forgot to take the blade protector off, so I had some wonderful melted lumps of plastic floating in the finished soup. Not the finishing touch I was thinking of.
6.What’s your favourite part about being Vegetarian?
I love all the flavours and textures of vegetarian food. Meaty dishes can be so very brown and unappealing, but once you start to make meals with fruit, vegetables, pulses, grains and pasta you soon have a colourful feast for your eyes that’s full of flavour and healthy too.
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