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Blogger Bites

Food bloggers really know how to take a bite out of life

Published on August 23rd 2011.

Blogger Bites

HELEN Best-Shaw has been blogging at Fuss Free Flavours since January 2007. She was motivated to blog after seeing so many families shopping for discount ready meals at a cheap supermarket near her home, whilst ignoring the amazing produce in the market opposite. Realising that food poverty does not always mean hunger, she set out to write good simple recipes with her mantra of tasty stuff without the fuss. Leaving a career as a fund analyst behind, she now works as a freelance food writer, seeking out delicious stories.

Where and what did you eat last night?
BBQed lamb and mini leeks with a spicy sauce that were my English recreation of calçots. Followed by raspberries from the garden and homemade ice-cream. 

Are there any food trends that you are currently obsessed with?
Not really, I do not really understand the obsession with trends. I'm probably most interested in the slow food movement, if that can be called a trend.  

If you could choose to be the guest at any chef’s dinner party who would it be?  
It is a tough choice between Skye Gyngell or Michel Roux Jr, I have eaten both their food once, and if I concentrate I can just about still taste Skye's salt cod and Michel's soufflé cooked on cream. I love the simple perfection of Skye's food and her layering of flavours and the setting of Petersham Nurseries on a summer's evening. Michel's food is more formal, and probably better for a winter dinner party.

What’s your signature dish?
Either my store cupboard bung-it-all-in-the-food-processor and whizz gingercake which is the most popular recipe on my blog, or Pavlova, which is my Mother's favourite pudding.

What kind of eater are you?
I seem to be pretty much always hungry. Five smaller meals a day would suit me just fine.

When you are not eating, blogging or thinking about where you are going to eat and blog about next, what do you like to do?
There are things to think about apart from food? I knit, craft, read and love the ballet and opera.

What’s the strangest thing you have ever eaten in a foreign country? 
Nothing too weird, I know I have (inadvertently) had horse, and goodness knows what I may have eaten in St. Petersburg when the Rouble was crashing in 1995.  

Is there anything that you will not try on a menu?
Brains! The very thought makes me feel queasy as well as wondering if they are safe. In reality, I try very hard not to eat non-free range animal products, especially chicken and eggs. It just does not seem right to support the battery farming industry, and the more people that ask about where the meat is from in a restaurant the more restaurants may listen. I know I slip up occasionally and do not ask, which makes me feel both terribly guilty and not able to enjoy the food. It is a shame that there are so many ethnic restaurants in London who do not place such importance on animal welfare, as I would love to eat at some of them.

Have you ever tried any extreme diets?
Not really. But coupled with concerns for higher welfare animal products I end up eating lots of vegetarian and vegan food, which I love. I could never give up meat, but am more than happy enough without it for a few days at a time.

Which food blogs do you follow religiously?
Too many to name, although the ones at the top of my reader are Maison Cupcake, Cook Sister, Feeding Boys and a Firefighter, Greedy Gourmet, Prepped and Mostly Eating.

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