Writing Process Blog Tour
I had heard a little about the Writing Process Blog Tour but only in passing, I wasn’t really sure what it was about but was intrigued. Fast forward about a week and I get an email from Prudy, in case you don’t know who she is, her wonderful and oh so lovely blog, Butter, Basil and Breadcrumbs is one that I love and really look forward to reading. In the email Prudy asked me to participate in the tour and I said yes without hesitation. Prudy is inspiring, her upbeat nature, beautifully written recipes, the stories of her family, friends and background make for a wonderful read and lots and lots of mouth watering recipes and gorgeous photo’s..
I started my blog a little over 2 years ago, I wanted to do this because I love to cook and I love to share my food and recipes and thought this could be fun and a great way to meet other cooks and see what they are cooking. I had already gotten a taste of the global food community as an active cook on Food52, I met some good friends and fellow cooks there and cherish their friendship. I also wanted to include my two best friends and somehow incorporate them into my blog, Izzy and Nando are my sweet pugs that mean the world to me. In the two plus years I have been writing here I have met some really wonderful people, we share a love of food and its preparation, feeding our families and friends and celebrating life, I have never personally met most of you but I know if I did it would be like seeing a good friend that I haven’t seen for a while. We let each other into our homes/kitchens and lives. It’s a close knit community we have and I love it. I follow a lot of blogs and try to read each one of them and comment, as a writer of a blog having the approval or nod from a colleague or pier is important, it’s validation.
Part of this process is to answer 4 questions so here goes:
1. What am I working on – Well, I take it a day at a time and am trying to balance work which is very busy, taking care of Izzy and Nando which is a full time job now that they are senior and not in good health, my work in my community and my blog. I am currently working on a recipe for a lovely and very generous company (I don’t really want to reveal too much now) who has sent me a delicious product. I know what I am going to make and you will too soon. Hoping it is good!! I also was asked to judge a doggie talent contest for charity so I am helping out with that.
2. How does my work differ from others– Wow, well I don’t think my work is any different really from other bloggers. I look at other blogs that are organized and focused and I guess the way mine differs is that it’s not organized or focused, not that thats necessarily bad. For example some people only focus on desserts, or vegan recipes or gluten free or health conscience. I post about something that I like or inspires me whether it’s food or something in my community or about my pugs. One day I will write about a Middle Eastern recipes, another day Italian sometimes savory sometimes sweet.
3. Why do I write what I do – The answer is pretty simple I do this because I love doing it. I’m not getting paid to do this, it’s not a job, it is something I look forward to doing. I love cooking and creating and sharing and I can only hope that others like what I do enough to keep coming back and read my posts.
4. How does my writing process work – I wish I could say there is some formula or method to my madness but there really isn’t. I will see something that looks good at the market and decide I want to make a dish out of it, or I am talking to my Mom on the phone and we talk about food and her recipes and I decide I want to make it and share with you all. I guess you could say I work on inspiration not so much the need to cook, I will sometimes post a meal that I made but thats only a very small part of the picture. I like to enter recipe contests and post about those, the reason I like it is because (a) I’m competitive (b) it forces me to think outside the box.
I have invited 3 bloggers to participate, how do you choose when there are so many that are (a) fascinating (b) well written (c) total eye candy (d) chock full of delicious recipes. They run the gamut of varying topics, types of food etc… It was hard but here is who I chose. I wanted to choose bloggers from different parts of the world and across the US. I love reading posts from other countries, it gives insight into how people outside the US live and really, we bloggers are all pretty much cut from the same cloth no matter where we are from.
The Healthy Epicurian– Fiona’s lives an idyllic life in France with her husband, child and menagerie or I guess you could also call it a cast of characters of the animal world. Her roving doggie journalist Hugo, her horses and chickens (with attitude). I love her blog and always am entertained, enlightened and enticed by her writing (and Hugo’s) recipes and antics. It’s a good read and to top it off she is an expert in food and nutrition. Visit her, I know you will love it as I do. Fiona has so many incredible recipes but one of my favorites is her Salmon terrine, it’s delicious, light and so tasty a great summer recipe and is wonderful to bring to pot luck parties. http://thehealthyepicurean.eu/2013/06/03/mini-salmon-terrines-and-getaway-strategies/
Liz the Chef– Liz and I go way back, from early Food52 days. She is a phenomenal cook with delicious, nutritious and heart healthy recipes. Her stories of family and caring and sharing are the driving force behind every single post. Liz hails from the beautiful state of California and lives with her miracle husband (read her blog and you will understand) and her two senior kitties. The tag line for her blog say’s it all “cooking from my family’s heart”. Liz has so many fantastic recipes but this is one of my all time favorites, it is a recipe from her Mom for Mango Chutney http://lizthechef.com/2010/05/09/mamas-mango-chutney/
Runnin Sri Lankan– Shashi is amazing, a force really. She never stops, a busy Mom to a daughter and 2 canines, a runner, she works, blogs, and is really an inspiration. Her recipes are healthful and delicious and so so creative. I know you will enjoy her blog as much as I do, she is smart, funny, kind and caring. Shashi’s oatmeal pancakes are so delicious and are in regular rotation in my kitchen, I make this recipe at least once a week, they are so good they even won a recipe contest. Thinking about them has made me hungry! http://runninsrilankan.com/2014/01/12/oatmeal-pancakes/
What a great post Suzanne! Very nice to read a little more about you. Thank you for always being so supportive of my blog and always leaving a “nod” in my comment section! 🙂
Thanks so much, I love supporting and reading and commenting on posts from my fellow bloggers and I do truly love your work.
I always appreciate your comments on my blog. And now I have new blogs to be intimidated by…. I mean to learn from! 🙂
Thanks so much Party!
Nicely done Suzanne. Hugs to you and the pugs!
This really makes my day – no, my week! Just about to leave on vacation, I will have fun participating in the Writing Process Blog Tour when we return from Kauai mid-June. Thanks so much, Suzanne. You have been a generous and supportive blogging friend since the early days of food52 before either of us ever dreamed of having a blog.
Liz I am so pleased to have you participate. I love your blog and your wonderful recipes and I know that everyone else will also. Have a great vacation!
Lovely to learn more about you and your process Suzanne! I’m so happy I discovered your blog.
Thank you so much Nancy, I do hope you are feeling better.
Great post! I love your blog, and the pugs. 🙂
You are so kind, thank you so much.
Thank you so much, I am just now responding because unfortunately your comments were all in my spam folder. I am so glad I found them.
Congratulations and well done on hitting your blog’s second birthday. You lead a very full life. I wish I could wave a magic wand and make the pugs young and sprightly again. 😉
Thank you so much, I wish you could do that. It breaks my heart to see them having such a hard time.
Awesome post, always love learning more about the bloggers behind the scenes!
Thanks so much Pamela, I do too!
Thank you very much for your blog Tour, Suzanne 🙂 I really enjoyed reading your post and learning more about you. Have a great weekend!
Thank you so much, you have a beautiful blog and recipes I look forward to more from you!
Aww Suzanne – thank you…your kind words are turning my olive face aweird shade of pink! Thank You for thinking of me…
And introducing me to these other bloggers…cannot wait to stalk out Liz the Chef and The Healthy Epicurean…hope you hae a wonderful weekend!
LOL, thank you Shashi, you know I really love your blog so am thrilled to pass this along to you.
A lovely post to read Suzanne… to learn a little more about what drives and inspires you. It’s so wonderful to be a part of this amazing blogging community! Can’t wait to see the recipe you’ve been developing for ??? company – very exciting!
Thanks so much Margot, it was a fun post and I too love reading more about my fellow blogging buddies.
I loved reading how and why you write Suzanne! I am just like you, I go off inspiration, not a system really. I can get inspired by simply seeing a beautiful bowl of cherries or even pretty colors in a book that has nothing to do with food. My mind goes so fast sometimes, I can’t keep up with ideas. Great post and great nominees…going to check them out now! 🙂
Exactly, seeing or tasting something can definitely trigger inspiration and thats how I love it. Thanks Brandi.
I loved learning about how your write, it is such a novel experience 😀
No wonder you are one of my fave bloggers!
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And you are one of my faves also, thank you so much.
I love these types of tours, activities, whatever you want to classify them as. It gives further insight into the bloggers beyond their kitchens and helps introduce you to new bloggers. It’s been great getting to know you over the past two years.
Thank you Melissa, I love getting to know people and a gain some insight into what the process is like for them.
Great post Suzanne! And thank you so much for such kind words. Hugo thanks you too 😉 I look forward to doing my Writing Process Post this week…
Look forward to your post and of course something from Hugo too!! Thank you.
Well done Suzanne – I love this idea of learning other peoples “process”. I think we all have an underlying love of creating great food and sharing with others. It brings us all together from so many different parts of the world. Loved reading this. I am working away at mine for next week.
Thanks so much Cindy, can’t wait to read yours. I love getting to know the people I visit with almost daily. I feel like I know you all and these tours help us to know each other better. It’s a really good thing!
Great write up, Suzanne. I enjoyed learning more about you and your life!
Thanks so much Patty!
I love your work and your spirit, Suzanne, and it’s great to learn more about you here. I do think your blog is organized and focused – maybe not in an ingredient-based way, but by quality. I can tell you always put a lot of thought and work into each posting and I enjoy the constant top-quality recipes you share. Thanks for sharing.
How sweet of you, thank you so very much!
So nice to learn a little bit more about you! I too, don’t write about a specific genre of food…I like to go with the flow 🙂 I always enjoy your posts!
Thank you so much, I am in good company, always enjoy your posts also!
I don’t think you’re giving yourself enough credit, Suzanne! Your blog has it’s own personality (yours) and is different than others, but I disagree that it’s because you’re not organized or don’t have a “specialty”. Your dialogue is intriguing; you write as if you are an old friend, telling a story, and I really enjoy that. Keep doing what you’re doing and yes, we all try to improve, but I hope you don’t change too much! 😉 xx
You are so kind Christina, thank you so much. Your words of encouragement mean a lot to me. Thank you so much.