The Writing Process Blog Tour




I had the honour of being asked to participate in “The Writing Process Blog Tour”.  What a great idea!

The concept is to get bloggers to get to know one another and to have a venue to introduce their blog, and other blogs to a wider circle of people. Social media at it’s finest 😉

Once nominated you have to answer a few questions about your blogging process (which I will do further on) and then thank the person who nominated you (which again I will do) and then nominate 3 fellow bloggers who’s posts will then keep this going hopefully and we can all learn something interesting from each post. My only problem was several of the people I nominated are already doing this blog as they were nominated by someone else! That just goes to show you how great their blogs are so I encourage you to check them out (see blogs I follow for several).

So to begin I would like to thank a fairly new follower of my blog called oceanviewkitchen (click on the name for the link). This is such a great site – full of fabulous recipes and mouth watering photography. The recipes are usually quick and easy to make (always a good thing) and are just right for the season.  I am really enjoying reading this blog on a weekly basis. It’s worth checking out for some truly creative and delicious looking recipes.

The next step involves answering some questions about my writing process  – so here goes…..

1) What am I working on?

My day job (and sometimes night job 😉 ) is as a creative director.  I have run my own business for almost 20 years now specializing in graphic design and print production. Most of our clients are corporate but we do lots of non profits and some outside the box work that is always fun.

Cooking has been an outlet of creativity for me for a number of years and even more so in the last 2-3 years.  I have been cooking for others as a side line for a couple of years now (often older people and households where both parents work and cooking time is often not readily available and many times when a newborn is introduced into the family). The foods I prepare for these people is based on a healthy, low salt, low fat menu that is easy to heat up and always tasty.

I should qualify that I love to cook but am not so keen on baking.  Don’t get me wrong – I love baked goods and some of the blogs I follow make the most incredible baked goods that just looking at them is like food heaven.

For me cooking involves making something from an ingredient or dish that has inspired me me. I rarely follow a recipe and if I do it is more of a guideline to which I add my own 2 cents. I love to be creative and add an unusual ingredient to something just to give it that extra flair.  One of my pet peeves though is having to throw food out that has gone off in the fridge.  I like to create something that uses up the ingredients I have on hand in the fridge or pantry. Simple, quick and tasty!


2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I think everyone who blogs brings something unique and different to the food they make.  Even if you are following someone else’s recipe – many people will add their own “touch” to it. I can’t say that what I do is very different from other bloggers except that we all create in our own ways and with what inspires us – to that end we are all different yet very much the same.


3) Why do I write what I do?

Simple – I am a foodie!  I love cooking for others and developing a meal from start to finish is such a creative process for me that I savour very last drop of it. I will start planning a dinner party meal weeks in advance and tweak it until I am happy. What I love about blogging is that you can write about what you want and getting the reinforcement from other bloggers that they like what you are writing is INSPIRATIONAL! This seems like a great spot to include a thank you to those that follow my blog. I feel a real community spirit with the readers and with those who’s blogs I follow and with those who’s blogs I come across through recommendations and just surfing the blogsphere.


4) How does your writing process work?

Generally I write about 1 of 3 things; 1) a recipe I have developed, 2) food I ate at someones home and 3) restaurants I have visited.

I take pictures anytime I eat out either at a restaurant or at a friends place, find out how it is made if I can, and then come home and write my blog on it which I then schedule for publishing.  I will usually have about 2 weeks of blogs written ahead of time so I am not rushing.  I started writing 2 blogs a week (Wednesday and Saturday) but found it hard to come up with something twice a week.  Now I tend to do a new blog every Saturday and often Wednesdays (if I am not writing a review of a diner party or restaurant) I will reblog someones post that has caught my eye and I think people would like.  Generally that post is something of a fairly healthy nature and again follows the plan of quick, easy and tasty. It’s also a great opportunity to introduce others to new blogs.

I must say I have changed the way I write this blog – When I started writing a blog I realized it had a more formal tone but as I got more comfortable writing I noticed my tone eased up and now I tend to write as though I am having a conversation with fellow readers. I am a very informal person and I like feeling like I am talking to people through my blog and not at them. This community has become just that…a community.


So who is next?….

One of my absolute favourite blogs to read and follow is called The Vegan 8. It used to be The Health Flavor but Brandi has revamped and redesigned her blog to be all about vegan cooking and baking. I am still not sure how she manages to be so prolific in her recipes but rest assured they are out of this world.  So creative and absolutely mouth watering.  The photography is outstanding and I am not just saying these things because she has graciously accepted my invitation to continue the writing process blog but because I truly believe it.  The other end of Brandi’s blog is that it doesn’t use more than 8 ingredients!  Perfect! And many of the recipes use the same base ingredients so you are not always running out to buy something special for that one recipe, another factor I really like (using what you have on hand). I encourage you to check out The Vegan 8 blog but I warn you…once you see and try any of the recipes you will be hooked!


Thanks for taking the time to read all of this and I hope it inspires someone to start their own blog on whatever interests them. Be sure to check out Brandi’s The Vegan 8 blog and check out some of the blogs I follow (see the left side panel of this blog).


Awards 2013 – A Big Thank You!

Blog of the Year Award 1 star jpeg


Firstly I want to thank “A pug in the kitchen” for nominating me for this award. I love following her blog and am always quite stunned at the spectacular recipes that come out of her kitchen especially when I get snippets in the blog about how busy she is – don’t know where she finds the time but am glad she does as her recipes and blog are great!

I am passing on the nominations to the following blogs that I love to read with the caveat that you do not have to do anything if you don’t want to. Just enjoy the fact that people out there love reading your blogs. All of these blogs below I find very creative in content, photography and writing style. Keep up the great postings!


If you so choose below are the instructions for accepting and passing on this award.

The instructions for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there are no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ the blog(s) with their award.

3 Let the blog(s) that you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the instructions with them – (please don’t alter the instructions or the badges!)

4 Come over and say hello to the originator of the ‘Blog of the Year 2013’ Award via this link –

5 You can now also join the ‘Blog of the Year’ Award Facebook page – click the link here and share your blog posts with an even wider audience.

6 And as a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog … and start collecting stars…

Awards!!! 2013 – Big thank you!


I have been nominated for the versatile blogger award by a fellow blogger who has a great site called “I Need a Feed“.  Wonderful site to watch as it has lots of interesting ideas and recipes.

The rules of the award say I have to list 7 random things about me – which are as follows:

1) Cooking is my creative outlet

2) I love action adventure films (yup I’m a girl)

3) I enjoy using up leftover food in an interesting way

4) I am a creative director by trade

5) I love technology and gadgets

6) I am slowly becoming more of a minimalist in my home

7) I love blogging!

The next step for this nomination – yes they make you work for it (a good thing)…. is to nominate up to 15 bloggers for this award so here goes.

These are some of the blogs I follow – there are so many good ones out there – this is just a taste of some of the blogs I love to read.

Gluten Free Gus

Food 4 Happiness

Health Without Sacrifice

My Real Food Family

A Pug in the Kitchen – amazing desserts!

Soul of Spice

Keep Calm and Eat On

The Healthy Flavour – awesome site!

Thanks to I Need a Feed for nominating me.  I am going to visit each of the blogs that are in their list for some new and interesting ideas!

Super Sweet Blogging Award


I wanted to thank A Pug in the Kitchen for nominating me for this award.  While I don’t really bake I like to think I am a generally sweet person 😉 – just kidding. There are so many wonderful blogs out there and while I may only follow a dozen or so I am always on the look out for new and exciting posts to follow.  These awards are a great way of profiling new bloggers and as a result I always check every blog that gets a nomination nod. Hope you will do the same.

The Rules:

  • Give credit to the person who chose to nominate you
  • Answer the “Super Sweet” questions
  • Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen” (13!) blogs

~Super Sweet questions~

  1. Cookies or Cake?  I am more savory than sweet but cookies it would be
  2. Chocolate or Vanilla?  Can’t decide depends on my mood
  3. What is your favorite sweet treat? Fresh fruit and/or an almond croissant
  4. When do you crave sweet things the most? Late afternoon when I want a pick me up
  5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Couldn’t say – don’t eat enough sweet things to determine this

Nominate a “Baker’s Dozen”: These are some of the blogs I follow. May not be a full bakers dozen but many are worth the read.  Enjoy!

  1. Finger, Fork & Knife
  2. Realistic Cooking Ideas for Busy People
  3. Christina’s Cucina
  5. food is fuel for me
  6. What’s on my plate today!!
  7. The Healthy Flavor
  8. My Real Food Family
  9. Vina’sdeliciousrecipes !
  10. vinicooksveg
  11. Fab Food Finds

60 best Chicken Noodle soups – my aunts made the list!

Check out this blog post listing the 60 best chicken noodle soup recipes. My aunts asian chicken soup made the list!

You can find the recipe at: Asian Chicken Soup


(Picture is from a blog called (

Thank You!

Just got nominated for the Liebster blog award.  Thank you Chef Doru for the nomination.  It’s always nice being recognized by your fellow bloggers. There is such great content out there.


In the spirit of the award I will pass it on to a few of the sites that I have been reading lately that are quite wonderful.

The Healthy Flavour  The wonderful recipes and beautiful photography

Cindy Knoke – The leisurely life!  Wonderful stories and imagery

For the Intolerants – well written stories and imagery about travels and food

Food is fuel for me – new blog I am following – great recipes!

Check out these blogs they are well worth the read!

Award Nominations

Thank you Veena for nominating me for these two awards. It is always so nice to have fellow bloggers recognize you and participate in your blog.  I am so enjoying writing this blog and have found such interesting blogs to follow.  There are so many talented and creative and inspiring people out there in the blogosphere!  Take a look at the blog of the person that nominated me – she is the most prolific recipe writer I have ever come across!  I love reading her blog.



In turn would like to forward the good thoughts and nominate the following blogs that I think are wonderful to read and often transport me to another world.  This is more of a magazine but it showcases blogs about food and is really well put together!

Wow! I’ve been nominated for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award”

I am thrilled to be nominated and want to thank “Whats on my Plate” a fellow blogger who’s Indian recipes are wonderful!!!!








The rules of the award are as follows:

1 Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.

2 Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and link back.

3 Share 7 random things about yourself.

4 Select 15 blogs for the award.

Below are the 7 things about me.

1. I am a creative director

2. My side passion is cooking especially for others

3. I have a wonderfully funny cat

4. I love good design

5. I love reading cookbooks on a Sunday afternoon

6. I have wonderful friends and family

7. Blogging is now one of my favourite things!

My nominations are:

Fab Food Finds

A Pug in the Kitchen


My French Heaven

A Tale of Three Stories

Cindy Knoke – The Leisurely Life