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Spreading a Little Liebster

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted for a little while. There is no big reason. I’ve been busy with some other things and … oh, I don’t want to admit it, but I haven’t been eating all that healthily lately – not too bad but I could definitely use adding back a bit more veg – maybe even more than a bit.

liebsterling
Meine kleine Liebsterling

Anyway, I happened to just go through the site today and noticed that I had a link from another blog – oh, the joy that is finding some other blogger has linked to your site – and it was for an award! Well, not really it’s more of a chain letter among bloggers but I’m totally chuffed by it. I was nominated by theblushingbeetroot last month – thank you Frances! Basically the award is 11 questions for you to answer and then you come up with 11 different questions and nominate 5 other bloggers to answer them. I’m going to use the 5 blogs mentioned in the most recent new blogs post on irishfoodbloggers.com as I think new bloggers are likely to be as delighted by this as I was – at least I hope so.

So without further ado here are the questions I was asked and answered:

  1. What’s your favourite food/meal?
    Um … French/Cajun/Japanese/Indian/Chinese/Thai/Traditional (i.e. Irish or UK cuisine) – I’m terrible at picking favourites. I simply know if something falls into my like or LOVE categories ( or dislike or LOATHE categories). I don’t really rank things beyond that.
  2. What has been your best holiday?
    I don’t know. I’ve loved most of the holidays I’ve had and because most of them have been very different from each other I couldn’t pick a favourite.
  3. What countries would you like to visit?
    Everywhere? – I’m sorry I’m terrible at this. – Part of me would like to visit places that are considered hotspots or danger zones but luckily it never seems possible to do it on the rare occasions I’ve tried.
  4. If you could live anywhere, where would that be?
    I grew up in the countryside and I’d like to live somewhere out the country – possibly somewhere warmer though. At the moment I live in Dublin and I do like Dublin but I don’t think I’ll feel really at home until I’m surrounded by fields.
  5. Why did you start blogging?
    I started blogging (before abitmoreveg) to try and force myself to eat healthier and it worked well for a while but the blog sort of morphed into something other than a food blog (not sure what exactly) and so I started abitmoreveg to again force myself to eat healthier.
  6. Name a favourite book that you’ve read. 
    I can’t choose a favourite – no surprise there – but I can name a book I discovered recently which is now firmly in my LOVE category for books. It’s called Stoner by John Williams. It’s really good. There is so much of life that you recognize within it – it’s really great.
  7. How do you like to relax?
    By avoiding thinking about whatever is stressing me.
  8. What are your top health tips?
    I’m not the healthiest person in the world but I know I feel better when I take regular outdoor exercise, eat three square meals (instead of just grazing throughout the day), drink lots of water and have some project that engrosses or at least amuses me.
  9. What’s your favourite restaurant?
    Ah … I have no idea. I tend to like pretty much all restaurants – unless the food is terrible which these days is pretty rare. I once had a truly fantastic Japanese meal in Madrid. The food looked like works of art and tasted even better. The best vegetarian meal I ever had was in France in a restaurant in the middle of nowhere (I’m desperately trying to remember the name of the small town it was near but can’t).
  10. Anybody famous, alive or passed that yours love to have a one to one with?
    Yes! A question I immediately know the answer to – I would give ANYTHING to be able to talk with Nikola Tesla. I would love to know more about his plans for the Wardenclyffe Tower power station. This project was about sending electricity wirelessly – unfortunately he ended up losing the financial backing for the project and it was never completed. It’s the way he planned on generating the electricity that really interests me. Also Tesla believed in a unified field theory – which goes against pretty much all the discoveries in physics over the last century – but there is something so intuitively appealing about the fundamental forces being different effects of one underlying … um … thing? – that I would love to listen to everything he had to say about it. Probably wouldn’t understand it… but I’d still love to hear it.
  11. If you could do one thing to make this world a better place, what would that be?
    I would dismantle the credit rating of countries system that determines how “risky” a country is and so how difficult it will be for that country to access money through selling sovereign bonds. As everybody knows Ireland fell into a recession in 2008/9. Over the next couple of years, even though we guaranteed banks and did everything we could to reassure investors, our credit rating dropped from AAA to BBB. What was the result? We got a “bailout”. What is a bailout? Is it a handout? No. It is a loan that you pay back with interest – an interest rate that is higher than you would have to pay if you hadn’t lost your magic AAA rating. Oh, and added bonus, as terms of the “bailout” the IMF, ECB and EU Commission get to say if they approve your budgets or not. So-called developing nations have had to put up with this kind of nonsense for decades and now it is happening in Europe… Like the song says “Somethings gotta give, somethings gotta give, somethings gotta give.”
    Well done Greece for showing some backbone.

Sorry if the last answer there sounds a little angry but frankly I’m raging that we have allowed the gap between rich and poor widen yet again in this country. Nothing attacks social cohesion like income disparity.

I hope the food bloggers I nominate won’t now be a little scared to respond. Go on, you can return the chain to normal.

My Nominees for the Liebster Award are:

  1. http://soursofgrain.com/
  2. http://irishbakingadventures.com/
  3. https://pocztowkizirlandii.wordpress.com/ – this is in Polish – you don’t have to be Irish to be on the irishfoodbloggers roll, or even in Ireland, I think, you just need some connection.
  4. http://oneyummymummy.com/
  5. http://vanillahugs.ie/

There’s actually 6 sites listed and I wouldn’t like to leave anyone out so why not also check out http://thethreetowers.com/blog/

And Now the 11 Questions…

OK I’m not good at picking favourites but I assume everyone else is and these questions are easy to form so…

  1. What is your favourite kitchen smell? (As in baking bread or frying onions or freshly torn mint or whatever)
  2. If you were only allowed have 2 herbs and 3 spices for the next year what would you choose?
  3. What’s your guilty kitchen secret? (As in do you make “homemade” ice cream using a packet of Angel Delight – I’m not saying I do  – but it might work surprisingly well, if someone were to try – that’s all I’m saying, right?)
  4. What has been your most extravagant food (or food related) purchase to date?
  5. Have you bought or do you have a longing to buy a particular kitchen tool that you know you will use – maybe once? Share the silliness :o)
  6. What’s your earliest good food memory?
  7. What’s your favourite colour?
  8. Which would you rather have a real magic book, a talking horse or a spaceship (like in Star Trek not like they actually are)?
  9. What you chose for question 8, why did you choose that?
  10. Do you grow any of your own food?
  11. What’s your favourite book (or film or TV show)?

Apparently I’m supposed to nominate 11 other blogs. I think 5 will do for the moment.