This month we are delighted to chat to Nayna Kanabar….
Tell us a little about yourself…
I am British Asian; my family emigrated from East Africa when I was very young. I have grown up in the UK and live with my husband and two teenage daughters in a London suburb. I am a working professional with a passion for cookery, food photography, food styling and collecting crockery and props.
How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
I started simply.food, my vegetarian food blog, five years ago as a place to collect my recipes so that my daughters could access them, however as its popularity grew so did my interest in regular posting. My family and I are vegetarians and simply.food has a collection of vegetarian recipes that are simple, home cooked and are an integral part of our regular meals. I love experimenting with Asian spices and adding them to international dishes to create fusion cooking. To me there is no right or wrong way to cook and cooking should not be considered a chore.
simply.food has grown tremendously over the last five years, through it I have made numerous friends all over the world, attended many food events and blogger meets and learnt lots of new types of cuisines. It has expanded my knowledge and increased my confidence in my recipe developing. I am current resident recipe writer at City Connect Cambridge, and I have had a few of my recipes published in magazines such as Take a Break and Eat in magazines. This is a great motivation to carry on blogging. I try and fit in as much cooking and blogging as I can in my spare time when I am not at work.
Which Blog post on your site are you most proud of?
The recipe that I am most proud of is my Burghal Wheat Pilaf, it was the recipe that I entered in a magazine competition during the 2012 Olympics and it won first prize – Gold, I was so thrilled.
Which is your most popular post?
In total over the last 5 years I have almost 715 recipes posted at simply.food. Each and every recipe is very dear to me, a lot of them are firm family favourites, some are requests from readers and others are multinational recipes that I have experimented with to introduce more variety and flavours in to my family’s meals.
The post on my blog which gets the most visits is Chilli Mogo (A spicy Indo Chinese Dish made from cassava (Yuca))
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
Like many bloggers, I started to dream that one day I would like to showcase my recipes in a book. This dream started to take shape three years ago when I signed a book deal with publishers in India .I started to create my two cook books Ready to eat Snacks and Ready to eat Potatoes. I had no budget for a food stylist or food photographer so whilst developing my recipes, I learnt about styling and taking good food photo. I styled and photographed all the recipes in my books myself. I am really excited that the books are finally published and were launched in October 2013.They are now available to order from Waterstones, Amazon and simply.food too.
What are your blogging plans for the future?
I plan to continue growing simply.food but I have also started a new blog called citrusspice, it is going to be different to simply.food as it will give me a platform to share posts about arts, crafts, travel, photography and in general all the things that are part of my day to day life. I am also currently working on my third book.
Finally, what top tips would you give to new food bloggers who are just starting out?
I would most certainly advise any new blogger to create a niche, write original posts, blog frequently, share comment love and above all enjoy what you blog about and it will automatically reflect in your posts.