This time we are heading over to Simply Sensational Food to meet Nayna. She started her food blog way back in 2008 and is here to tell us all about it. Over to you Nayna.
What inspired you to start your blog?
My daughter started University and I started the blog so she could read and access my recipes easily on line when she was cooking.
Has your content changed much since you started?
Initially the blog was just a place I used as recipe storage of basic recipes I cooked. Over years I have experimented with a variety of cuisines and now the content is multi cuisine and has an emphasis on healthy home cooking and a lot of Asian fusion recipes too. I would say my blog also has more vegan recipes now to fulfil my readers requests.
What have you learned since starting your blog?
I have learnt to weigh and measure everything. My presentation and styling has improved tremendously and so has has my food photography after attending a couple of courses for these.
What has surprised you about blogging?
I never realised how popular blogging was when I started. I was totally surprised that you can earn a living from blogging and it can be a career and not just a hobby.
How do you balance blogging and real life?
I work four days a week as a Dispensing Optician and dedicate 1 day a week to blogging. I also spend roughly one -two hours most evenings on my blog catching up with social media etc. I try to keep weekends free to spend with my family.
What’s the best thing about writing your blog? And the worst?
I absolutely love creating new recipes for my blog and I am always looking for inspiration to try different cuisines and discovering unusual ingredients etc. There isn’t really a worst thing, although some days I hate the clearing up after a recipe cook and shoot.
What advice would you give someone starting a foodie blog now?
I would say be unique, enjoy what you do and create your own style. Having a niche is a good idea as is interacting with your readers. Try and attend blog camps and make like minded friends.
Has blogging brought you any amazing opportunities or experiences?
I have made numerous friends through blogging and recently whilst on holiday in India I met two of them in person after knowing them online only. It was a wonderful experience. I also went to Crete on a press trip where we had our own personal chef teach and cook for us a vegetarian Greek Feast to enjoy in our villa.
Which have been your most popular posts?
I have a Chilli Mogo (cassava) recipe post on my blog, its an Indo-Chinese fusion recipe and it is by far the most popular post on my blog. The recipe is very popular with East African Asians.
And which are your personal favourites?
My three favorite recipes on my blog are the eggless cupcakes, I use this recipe over and over again and its fail proof.
The second recipe I love is for my homemade Masala Chai spice and Masala Tea. I make this spice blend monthly as I can’t live without my daily fix of masala tea.
My third most go to and favorite recipe has to be my vegetarian Tortilla Soup. It’s so easy to make, so versatile and it’s my go to soup when I want a meal in a bowl in a hurry.
How does it feel to be chosen as Foodies100 blog of the month?
Actually I am quite chuffed that I was asked. I would like to say “Thank you”.