This month, we’ve chosen Julie’s Family Kitchen as our blog of the month. Consistently delivering brilliant recipes, ideas and photography, Julie was Inspired to start her blog by Recipes From A Normal Mum and Jo’s Blue Aga. “I’ve always enjoyed my food but wasn’t really a good cook,” she tells us. “When my children came along I thought more and more about what we were eating as a family and also began baking cakes too. I’d been following a couple of food blogs on Twitter and I really liked the idea of sharing recipes online. I decided to give it a go and have never looked back!”
Here we chat to Julie about her blog…
You’re obviously a busy mum – how do you balance blogging and real life?
Yes, I’m a stay at home mum looking after three children. I fit blogging in and around the chaos of family life, all the food I make is eaten by me and my family so it’s real and not just purely for blogging’s sake.
What’s the best thing about writing your blog?
I just love writing my blog – it’s where I can be creative and it gives me a real sense of achievement. For me, it’s a happy place and something I’m really proud of. It feels absolutely fantastic to be chosen as Foodies100 blog of the month. I feel incredibly honoured.
Has your content changed much since you started?
Oh, definitely. My initial thoughts were to just to review recipes from my huge collection of cookbooks and share some of the recipes I have developed myself. Since then, the blog has grown and includes lots of my own recipes, product reviews and giveaways. I now review my cookbooks in a special feature called My Kitchen Cookbooks.
What have your learned since starting your blog?
I’ve learnt so much since I started blogging about food, writing, photography and social media. I didn’t expect to get so interested in food photography and styling, when I first started out. I’m certainly no photography expert but I really enjoy taking the pictures. I now look at food photography in a new way, I try to style the pictures carefully without too much fuss but with some interesting and relevant props. After all, it is the food that is important in a food blog.
Has anything surprised you about blogging?
Yes – it surprised me that there is a whole community of food bloggers sharing their amazing recipes. I’ve had the opportunity to talk online and meet in person some lovely like minded bloggers.
What advice would you give someone starting a food blog now?
Write about what interests you and that way you’re more likely to stick at it. Read other blogs, seek inspiration but don’t copy just be yourself.
Has blogging brought you any amazing opportunities or experiences?
Yes, in the relatively short time I’ve been blogging I’ve been lucky enough to attend a pasta making masterclass with Giovanni Rana (top) as a result of winning a Foodies100 competition, that was incredible. I was invited by Sainsbury’s to an evening feast demonstration with 2 Michelin star chef Richard Corrigan, where he cooked tantalising game recipes. Plus, Cake Masters magazine published a two spread featuring one of my recipes and photos.
Which have been your most popular posts?
My most popular post is the Cranberry, Pistachio and White Chocolate Cookie recipe. I was delighted with these cookies and so pleased that they were well received. My Bolognese Pasta Bake using organic ingredients has also been popular. I guess pasta bakes will always be popular!
And which are your personal favourites?
Oh this is tricky. I make the Chorizo and Spinach Tagliatelle all the time as it’s a favourite of my husband. The Sweetie Vanilla Cupcakes are another favourite of mine, the basic cupcake recipe never lets me down. What’s not to like creamy vanilla buttercream and a light vanilla sponge!