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Three awards

It’s like they say here in the UK – You wait forever for a bus only for three of them to turn up! Okay, so maybe I should be Tsk, Tsk-ing myself for not having passed on these awards before now, which is the most important aspect of accepting them. Excuses will be spared, excepting to say that I went slightly over the top with the first award I accepted (which put me off from doing more). A tad naïve back then, me thinks. So, let me proffer a huge thanks to Acorn in the Kitchen (at last) for the nomination. I’ve said it before that I love Spain as a country to visit. Yet, I don’t know a lot about their cuisine. All the more reason for following, avidly, this particular blogger. I also enjoy their embedded videos and artwork within certain posts, related to aspects of food. Besides, I really like their blog title as I used to carry an acorn, in its cupule, in my jackets/coats every Autumn.

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Kreativ Blogger Award Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2. Give 7 interesting things about yourself.
3. Nominate 7 blogs that you would like to give the Kreativ Blogger Award & let them know!

1. Gazing into a darkening sky whilst out walking my favourite Aunt’s ‘Scottie’ dogs in a local park in Dumfries, Scotland I distinctly remember wondering (when I was 18) if I kept reading lots of literature, viewed more film, visited galleries and museums, attended not only Private Views but ballet (classical & contemporary) and theatre, listened to lots more classical music and travelled extensively I’d become more interesting – huh, hasn’t worked!

2. When I had the chance several years ago I went travelling for eleven months and visited one hundred cities within one trip. Would never do it again!

3. There used to be ‘beauty spots’ on my face – even those have disappeared. It’ll be ‘liver spots’ next!

4. I’ve been told by several people that you really do bring out the best in people. You’re kidding me! That was their best?!?

5. I’ve also been accused of: You’re such a poser! Natural born, don’t forget!

6. Whilst staying in Nice, SE France, I asked the owner of the charming hotel what he would recommend to do and see. Visit Cannes, as you’ll get to see lots of famous people. I’ve just left Central London after living there for 26 years…you think I want to see even more!?!

7. Even though I really liked his then girlfriend I wasn’t keen on hanging out with a very famous pop/rock star in public as I always felt like such a hanger-on. Interesting, though, to observe how others would react.

Nominations, listed alphabetically:
All the Love- Without the Wheat - Great alternatives to wheat-free recipes.
Fig & Quince - Exceptional (contemporary) Persian Recipes.
For the Love of Feeding - Wouldn’t have to change a single ingredient!
i wiShed i couLd dRaw - Just love some of their illustrations.
Mon Food Blog - Seriously tasty, mostly Italian inspired recipes.
7 Legs - Superb illustrations and animated Gif’s.
Through A Lay(wo)man’s Lens - Fabulous photographic themes.

The 7 x 7 Link Award

A huge thanks to humble feast for this award. Especially as Tanya’s blog is just fabulous, with writing that leaves me in awe. Whether the recipes have been created on the spot from ingredients to hand or are culinary (sometimes monstrous) concoctions inspired by others these posts normally leave me drooling. And inspired.

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1. Thank and link to the nominating blogger.
2. List seven random facts about myself.
3. List seven of my posts in the seven different categories (see below).
4. Nominate seven blogs.

1. There were very few possessions throughout my childhood that I would’ve liked to have had. One of them, however, was a Chopper bicycle. No amount of begging persuaded the Muttering Patriarch to cough that one up.

2. Although, at the age of eleven I was allowed to buy a pedigree Lassie type Rough or Scotch Collie, very near to the Giant’s Causeway. There was an ulterior motive, off course. Devious little hit (even better with an s in front) that I was. I’d hoped to breed pedigree pups to make some money. Lassie (the name every one else called her) had different ideas as she went off with one of the local moggies instead. There went my pedigree breeding plan! Huh, still loved her. And the only pet I’ve ever had.

3. And what was I going to spend all of that money on? Especially as the MP was adamant I shouldn’t have one. A three-quarter bred gelding, off course! As I could so see myself cantering around the countryside. I would never have gone on a hunt, I hasten to add.

4. After starting Catering College at sixteen the MP bought my two younger sisters (neither of whom were remotely interested in horses) a half-broken in pony they named Donna. Go figure that one!?!

5. The occasional time I used to return ‘home’ from college for the weekend (usually so I could raid the fridge) I would always love to wake up on Saturday or Sunday mornings as Lassie and Grey (a beautiful, furry grey cat that I didn’t name) would have sneaked into the house (animals weren’t allowed, unless they were dumped straight into the freezer). Both of them would be lying on my bed patiently waiting for me to wake up. What an absolute joy to see them both!

6. After I moved to London the Matriarch swears she caught Grey carrying her young litter, one by one, out of the house from underneath my bed. The Matriarch was astonished. I wasn’t. Where safer to have them.

7. Donna quite simply outdid herself in creating the most spectacular, vast expanse of undulating perfectly clipped lawn – that used to be a rather large and lush meadow. As I was the only person that could get the-by-now-very-fat-and-neglected Donna into a bridle (certainly couldn’t get her into her saddle) I’d take her out for a walk occasionally as she really was that huge. Followed by Lassie, and Grey until the babbling brook, we would happily head off through narrow, leafy country lanes. Well, when Donna wasn’t stationary (with her large butt in the middle of the lane) and happily chomping on fresh grass by the side of it, that is. The locals trying to get by in their cars were very patient whilst they waited for me to shove Donna, by placing my skinny back against her flank, out of the way. What they must’ve thought. Huh, didn’t care then. Still don’t!

Seven posts in seven different categories:

  1. Most beautiful - None of them. Well, maybe this: Leek, lettuce and marrowfat pea soup. Even though I don’t like the inclusion of the spoon.
  2. Most surprisingly successful - Accepting all of the Blog of the Year 2012 Awards.
  3. Most controversial - Please, this is a food blog. The only thing remotely controversial is my, continuous, overuse of commas.
  4. Most pride-worthy - as in text Thin omelette
  5. Most underrated -  Mayonnaise.
  6. Most helpful - As in initiating the recording of (in both notebook & digital form) my food developing/recipes this is the one that started it all off: Tuna & bacon Med type stew.
  7. Most popular - as in most viewed post 2012: Boneless pork shoulder steaks.

Nominations, alphabetically:
Acorn in the Kitchen - Incredible Spanish food!
allicatcooks - BF is the official taste tester, lucky guy!
Assia’s Kaleidoscope - One of my favourites, and thrilled that Assia is back!
DINNER FOR (N)ONE - Posts are always well thought out and presented.
For the Love of Feeding - Love, love, love Villy’s recipes!
LILLY SUE’S BITES AND BREWS - Lily Sue could teach how to appreciate beer!
Mon Food Blog - Seriously tasty, mostly Italian inspired recipes.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thanks to Lilly Sue’s Bites and Brews for this nomination. Lily Sue writes about bites and brews. Who would’ve thought it. Even though I’m never likely to be able to taste most of the brews Lilly Sue tastes and writes about, as I’m in the UK not the US, I still love to read about them. Have to admit I’m not a big fan of anything other than sparkling cider, lager (think Budweiser) and wine, especially Cava, Champagne, Proseco – you get me! Anything that sparkles.

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The Versatile Blogger Award – Rules for Nominees:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog.
2. Choose fifteen blogs to nominate and let them know by leaving a comment.
3. Request that the chosen blogs pass on the award to their favourite fifteen.
4. Copy and paste the award on your blog post.
5. List seven things about yourself.

Nominations, alphabetically:
Back Road Journal - Very impressive posts, that include food and travel.
Baking Bohemian - Beautifully written and lots of goodies, too.
Chef Doru - Always impressive, and share their interest of International cuisine.
Fae’s Twist & Tango - One of my favourite characters on WP.
fashion, food and flirts - Still love fashion & food…but never flirt.
Fig & Quince - Incredible collection of Persian Recipes.
For the Love of Feeding - Fantastic recipes, mostly Greek inspired.
humble feast - Seriously good eats.
Mon Food Blog - Very tasty, mostly Italian inspired recipes.
My French Heaven - Beautiful narratives through both photographs & text.
Of Pots and Pens - A journalist having an affair with food.
Picture Real Food - Posts seem to be especially well researched with great food.
Russel Ray Photos - Possibly one of the most versatile bloggers around.
THE CRAFTY COOK NOOK - Always beautifully written, with great tips as well.
Uni Homemaker - Lots of baked goodies and savouries, too.

1. Have to admit it! I’m an absolute lightweight when it comes to imbibing on alcohol, especially during the day. The last time I did I was about to leave a Folk and Costume Museum in a vibrant city called Varna, (one of two ports on the Black Sea coast) in NE Bulgaria. Every day felt like a Bank Holiday. So, just before leaving the charming museum all three women working there, none of whom spoke much English, proffered me what looked like a local liqueur. I tried to explain in awful Spanish (some of the verbs are similar) that I don’t drink during the day. They looked so offended it was almost as if I’d  threatened them. Out of politeness, and under duress as their stares were of disbelief (was my Spanish really that bad?), I sipped what wasn’t too unpleasant, and left. Outside in the heat of high summer wasn’t good. That one small drink went WHOOOSH! to my head, to the extent I nearly keeled over! Seriously, I had to sit in shade for at least 15 minutes. Then head off to a café for a strong coffee to sober up. No kidding!

2. Even though this isn’t a ‘Billy Elliot’ scenario the first occupation I’d wanted to do, when I grew up, was to become a ballet dancer.

3. The first pop song that really grabbed my attention was Diana Ross’s ‘I’m still waiting’. Guess what, I still am!

4. Out of countless books I’ve only read three of them a second time: A Pagan Place by Edna O’Brien, The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger and The Waves by Virginia Woolf.

5. At the age of eleven my music teacher at school loaned me a vinyl copy of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1 to take home. As I was usually the only one to use the sitting room where the stereo was I’d be in my element as I couldn’t quite believe the musicality nor the colour and the passion. Still can’t get over Tchaikovsky’s, nor other favourite composers, sheer brilliance.

6. I’ve never been keen on sport except (equestrian) Show jumping. Although I haven’t watched it in years. And I’ve never been to a live event. Must go one day.

7. Even though I’ve been using WordPress for over a year I’ve only recently discovered the Distraction Free Writing mode. Isn’t it fab? Still don’t know what the Insert More Tag is…

Phew! Have to end with a bit of a disclaimer here: if I’ve forgotten to accept one of these awards proffered by any of you (as I’ve done so in the past – apologies Villy!) please don’t take offence. Quite often awards have been nominated in, my then, first post showing rather than About (ahem, yes Villy, I know yours was in About – even less of an excuse). I really don’t want to read through all comments again to try and find them. Please don’t make me do it!

Blog of the Year 2012 Award 06

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And Fae, of Fae’s Twist & Tango is who I need to thank for awarding me with my sixth star. A huge ‘Thank you!’ that should read. I was pleased with getting one, quite honestly. Never expected to be awarded six of them. It’s funny how I was almost able to see some of the blogs I follow with this award. Off course, I never manage to see for myself. Anyway, this time around I’m going with all new, except for one of them. When I accepted the first star I’d mentioned there were several blogs that came to mind, a couple of which hadn’t posted since August. Purely because of that I didn’t go with them. Now I’m going to. And, I’d like to thank the creators of this fabulous award that has certainly grabbed my attention. It hasn’t just been fun to accept them it has also been great to be able to nominate blogs that certainly deserve them.

Here, then, are the nominations in alphabetical order:

A Global Garnish Serious Food and Silly Experiences from Around the World
It surprises me, and sometimes scares me, that there are actual chefs and chef-ettes following me! Creative types, as in Art & Design, somehow terrify me less (although they’re probably the worst if you have to design anything for them). Can’t explain that! Anyhow, in this case this is someone who started studying catering at a later stage/age, and ended up as a Personal Chef. Wow! So, too, are their posts.

Fae’s Twist & Tango Magazine of a Storyteller…articles about travel, food and recipes, with a twist and tango!
Fae has to be one of my favourite characters on here. You only have to read, ‘who’s Fae?’ to know that this is a fabulous character. A citizen of the world who loves to travel and learn about local food Fae just might be dancing tango at the same time! And this is one of the blogs where I could see all six stars. As Fae is surly at least one of them herself – if not all of them!

Humble Feast
Tanya’s posts always grab my attention. I just love the amount of thought and detail that go into them. And the amount of effort that sometimes is afforded to their recipes. I’ve never cured any type of meat before never mind creating my own cure for bacon. One of the problems of cooking for one. As for the writing within this blog, that’s always of an incredibly high standard. And I’m thrilled we haven’t lost Tanya completely to her school work.

Operation Renegade ~ on the lam since 2008
This is the other blog that hasn’t posted since August. And I’m really missing their new posts as I especially adore Presh’s writing skills. There always has to be an absolute favourite, for each of us I suppose. And this is certainly mine (well, to be fair, at least one of them). Come back to us, Presh!

PANTRYOBSESSION My food and pantry obsession
Helen’s another teacher with excellent writing skills, and says it like it is! I really admire that Nigella is mentioned within About Me, as Nigella is the only food writer in the UK I’d recommend (just my opinion, OK!). And I also like the fact that Helen was brought up within English and Greek cuisine. Nice! Spoilt for choice, then.

the Thought Palette ~ things to challenge and inspire you
As I really don’t know much about this blog I’ll keep this brief. I’ve really enjoyed this award, and purely because of that I want to nominate its creators. So there!

Here are some rules that will help you understand how this award works:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award (http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/) and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!).

4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.

5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Badges
Here are the six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times! ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Awardhttp://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/

Blog of the Year 2012 Award 05

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This added a wry smile to my face this morning and almost made me chuckle audibly with glee. When I first realised that I’d been nominated for my first star I was heavenly surprised (apologies :), and certainly didn’t expect any more. Well, Jona of The Tarnished Spoon (Musings of a former picky kid discovering food in its numerous forms) has done it again. Thank you so much! I’m especially pleased with this as I love to read posts from people who are discovering how wonderful and creative it can be to be able to cook. And, if Jona’s posts are anything to go by the guy is not only chomping at the proverbial bit but can certainly create a meal to remember.

For my nominations this time I’m going with two groups where, within the first, I’m re nominating the five blogs (with links only) that I nominated for the first star and going with others that I haven’t nominated before. Before I do that, is anyone surprised with their WordPress Annual Report? I’m not really surprised with my top 5, as in most viewed posts. No 1 is my very first post on here. I think that’s partly to do with pins on Pinterest. So far all I’ve managed to be able to do is re-pin that recipe unto my board as Pinterest just won’t work on Google Chrome. I’ll have to open it using Firefox and IE to check if it’ll work on them. Anyway, enough of me blabbering on!

Here are my nominations for both groups (alphabetically within each) with rules about the award below:

Dinner for (n)one
Fig & Quince
For the Love of Feeding
Picture Real Food
Uni Homemaker

Baking is my Zen…sweet nibbles for the soul
Carmen is a fairly recent find through Flickr, so I can’t say a lot here. Especially as I’ve just realised that Carmen has a savoury blog as well. Shall have to check that out as I’m usually more keen on savoury over baking. Although, I’m being very inspired through particular posts on WP to do with the latter, including Carmen’s blog.

Chef Doru’s Blog COOKING WITH PASSION FOR FUN!
Really enjoying Chef Doru’s posts as they quite often take me out of my European roots, so to speak. I adore International foods yet, I very seldom tip my toe outside of the Med within my own posts. Will have to venture further.

cuminseeds~ food & colour
Based in a city I lived in for several decades cuminseeds always seems to take me back there. And I always love cuminseeds photographic collage within each post, which is the inspiration for the recipe, I think it’s fair to say.

lasesana
Thoroughly enjoying each post as they’re so well written. And informative, too. As yet Lasesana is only published within non-fiction, according to info within About. Well, I’d be pleased and surprised if I was published at all. Go for it, Lasesana!

My Home Food That’s Amore Good food to put you in the mood
As I’ve only been following this blog for three weeks I’m just going to say that I know a dedicated cook when I meet them. Well, as I read their posts. So far I’m more than impressed. And can’t wait to read my way through archives.

Of Pots and Pens A hungry writer explores the kitchen
Rebecca and I have one thing in common, we don’t do much baking. It’s not that I’m inept when it comes to desserts and cakes, I just don’t bother baking for one. That’s my excuse. At least Rebecca has attempted to bake bread with yeast. I’ve never bothered. Here’s hoping, as Rebecca has suggested trying my previous food post on mac & cheese that it won’t end up within her kitchen catastrophes post for the end of 2013!

The Berlin Lunchbox
Even though they don’t post very often I’m always impressed when they do. It’s not just to do with recipes that they develop. Their blog includes aspects of their incredible city that is Berlin, and of their travels. Well worth having a read as their English is of a high standard.

Vina’sdeliciousrecipes ! food
Venna’s blog is another gem in proffering delicious authentic Indian recipes, something I cherish. Especially as I used to work p/t Front of House for a very talented chef, Claire who specialised in authentic Keralan cuisine. And, no I’m not going to differentiate between chef and chef-ette! Unfortunately, Claire was upstairs in her concession kitchen so I never got to see behind the scenes. In other words, the culinary techniques Claire used. Right now it’s as if I’m peeking in and relishing the fact that I might start to learn about Indian cooking, at last! Even if it’s only peeping over Venna’s shoulder, so to speak.

vinicooksveg~ Amazing & fun………Indian cooking!!
As I’ve suggested already I do love food from around the world. I just can’t cook it very well. So, here’s my chance of learning about one of the world’s finest, Indian cuisine. I’ve also written in previous posts that most people in the UK, regardless of their love for Indian food, have never tasted authentic Indian food. Pleased to say that trend is changing, slowly. At last, with following Vinita I just might manage a decent curry! I’m hoping so.

Here are some rules that will help you understand how this award works:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award.

2. Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3. Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award (http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/) and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!).

4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them.

5. You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience.

6. As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Badges
Here are the six badges for you to collect – you can either ‘swop’ your badge for the next one each time you are given the award – or even proudly display all six badges if you are lucky enough to be presented with the award six times! ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Awardhttp://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/