The lovely Loriley Sessions, founder of the the ‘#fdbloggers’ community of food bloggers has set up a really cool idea for bloggers to nominate each other, to share a bit about themselves. I was nominated by Sophie of Sophie Loves Food. So here we go!
Name: Megan Rex
Blog: Got To Be Gourmet
What was your reason for starting a blog?
I work in PR and wanted to see how bloggers got approached and what works/doesn’t work for them. I wanted to see both sides of the coin and didn’t want to be the ‘annoying PR person.’ I set up the blog the week I was getting married earlier this year (not like I was busy or anything! I think my friends thought I was having a breakdown!) and it has been going from strength to strength. I decided to make my blog about food because it’s my passion in life and I became known as the ‘go to’ person among my friends for restaurant recommendations. It allowed me to channel everything food-related into one place (and stop spamming my Facebook friends who aren’t into food. Although thinking about it, if they’re not into food, why exactly am I friends with them?!)
What’s the dish you’re most proud of?
The dish I’m most proud of is my homemade halloumi! I used a kit, but it was still quite complicated and took me hours. Thankfully it turned out exactly like the halloumi I used to eat in Cyprus (where I grew up) and passed the ‘husband test.’ I believe his exact words were “well I thought it was going to be a bit of a disaster, but this is amazing” as he went back for seconds! Charming!
What one kitchen utensil could you not live without?
I’d probably say my electric whisk. One of my favourite things to bake is meringue and for years I was beating the egg whites by hand, as I felt like I had more control over it. However, after making a particularly large batch one day, it felt like my arm was going to fall off and it ached the whole of the next day, so I stopped being stubborn and bought an electric whisk!
You’re stranded on a desert island. What three ingredients do you take with you?
Firstly I’d take a huge bag of pasta. It would last a long time and the dream would be to catch some fresh fish to eat with it! That’s the more logical answer. The other two ingredients would probably be cheese and chocolate. I know they wouldn’t last long, but it would be pretty depressing being stranded on a desert island, so I’d just eat myself into a cheesy, chocolatey stupor!
Who do you take inspiration from?
I’m really inspired by people who are doing awesome things in the meat industry. Good British meat is really important to me (my Dad worked in the industry his whole life) and I’m always keen to champion high quality meat. Therefore I’m often inspired by farmers who are quite frankly working their arses off to produce top quality meat for us to put on our plates (shout out to Peter and Nicola at High Farndale Farm in North Yorkshire, who I wrote about here) and by people like James Martin and Richard Turner who are always singing the praises of meat (with the latter setting up events such as Meatopia).
And aside from them, I’m always inspired by fellow food bloggers. It’s such a fantastic community and everyone is out to help one another. I assumed it would be quite competitive when I started out, but was pleased to find that wasn’t the case at all!
Your favourite social media platform?
Twitter is brilliant for chatting to other food bloggers and discovering new food brands, but I do have a bit of a penchant for Instagram. It’s just so pretty! I can spend hours looking at the incredible ‘food styling’ photos.
Biggest disaster in the kitchen?
My Mississippi Mud Pie for 4th July weekend. I followed the recipe to the tee, but it completely fell apart. You know the chocolate mousse moment in the first episode of this series of GBBO? Yep, that. You can read about the disaster here. It still tasted good though!
Favourite spot for a coffee?
My favourite coffee (and in fact, breakfast!) spot is Counter Cafe in Hackney. It was a 10 minute stroll from where we used to live in East London, right on the canal, opposite the Olympic Park. They grind their own coffee there, and it’s pretty spectacular. I’ve also written about them here, if you fancy having a read. We recently moved to Tooting, so I’m hoping to find a new coffee spot a little closer to home. If you have any recommendations, let me know!
Favourite food photo you’ve taken?
It’s quite a random one, but I think it’s probably this one of the Bone Marrow Bruschetta at Pizza East on Portobello Road.
Let’s face it, something like bone marrow is hardly an attractive thing to look at (or photograph) but thanks to some lovely presentation from the chefs at Pizza East and good lighting, I think it came out surprisingly well!
What would you say was your most successful blog post and why?
Hmmm, tricky one, as I suppose it depends on how you measure success. The blog posts which have had the most views aren’t the ones I’m necessarily the most proud of, they’re just quite niche and tend to get found quite a lot through google searches. Otherwise I’d say my most successful post was my recipe for an Easter Simnel Tear N Share. Up until that point, my blog had consisted of restaurant reviews, but seeing as we love to cook and bake at home, I thought I’d include some of my own work! I found that I was getting more of a response to my own cooking and recipes at that stage than restaurant reviews, so it really helped to develop the direction my blog would take.
Now nominate three food bloggers you’d like to get to know more:
Emily of ‘Emily’s Recipes and Reviews‘
Vicky of ‘Dalton-Banks‘
Connie of ‘Connie Consumes‘