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Sisterhood of World Bloggers

Sisterhood of World Bloggers

 Dear Gianni of across the hogs back

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nominated me to be part of the chain of posts about the Sisterhood of World Bloggers.  Admittedly, it was a couple of weeks ago, but I was having internet problems, so better late than never.

I like women bloggers, in the most part, anyway.  Ok, I like men bloggers too, but they are different in the way that they write.  Somehow, I think it’s more polarised than in books or magazine articles.  Or is that just me?

Anyway, there are some questions I have to answer to keep this going, so here we go:

 

  1. What is your all-time favourite destination?

    Mm, that’s a really difficult question because I like different places for different reasons.  I love different parts of the UK because of the countryside and the architecture.  I love Cornwall, I have so many fond memories of being there, especially with my parents as a child, and with my friend Lynn.  I love India.  I think it’s an amazing country, although there are lots of things I don’t like about too.  I love Normandy, it reminds me of Devon.  I love Marseilles, again, I suppose, because of fond memories.

    My least favourite destination is Thailand.  I was mugged on my first day in Bangkok and it took months to recover from the injuries.  (Months and quite a lot of money to put the bits back into the right places.)  I never want to go there again.

    I’ve enjoyed most of the places I’ve visited but there are loads more on my list, so maybe I should come back to this one in 20 years time?

    The Shard taken from the Walkie Talkie
    The Shard taken from the Walkie Talkie


  2. Which post are you most proud of?
    Another difficult question. I write them and forget about them.  My sister-in-law likes the more personal ones, I like the more factual ones, where I have to do research first, but that’s because I like research.  I don’t think there is any one I am most proud of.
  3. Who would you invite to your dream dinner party, dead or alive?
    Elizabeth I and Margaret Thatcher. Two women who’ve had a huge impact on this country, I’d be interested to see how they interact.  Churchill and Napoleon, to see how two powerful men get on.  And Byron, I’d like to meet him, just to see whether I would have fallen for him.  Rupert Brooke because he’s really the only poet that I like.  That’s it, I’m not cooking for more than that.

    Lord Byron
    Lord Byron
  4. Do you have a favourite travel app?
    Not really, although a calculator is always useful for currency conversion since I seem to lose all ability to do even basic maths outside the UK. I agree with Gianni about WhatsApp though.  When I can get an internet connection.
  5. What’s your favourite thing and least favourite thing about blogging?
    My favourite thing is the writing (and research, where appropriate). My least favourite thing is website problems.

    Courtesy of Pixabay
    Courtesy of Pixabay
  6. Is there anything you like to do anytime you visit somewhere new?
    I like to get to see some of the place I’m visiting, not just the hotel or the beach. I do not see the point of travelling even a few hundred miles and not setting foot outside of my room.

    I like to try the local food, although the big caveat on that is that there are lots of things I don’t and won’t eat.  I don’t eat red meat, wheat or citrus fruit, which sometimes makes things difficult.  I don’t want to eat bugs – I did try one in Thailand (yes, just one).  I don’t fancy sweetbreads, etc, and I rather think that now, if I don’t want to, I don’t have to eat these things.  I’m sure there are more things I don’t want to eat, but I always find new things to try.

  7. Where is somewhere you’ve been or something you did that you didn’t expect much of but ended up loving?
    I’m sure this has happened to me many, many times, but the most recent occasion was my visit to Goa. I haven’t been on an all inclusive holiday since I was a teenager and was a bit dubious, if I’m honest.  Mainly about the food in the hotel.  I was worried that it wold be very bland.  How wrong was I?  It is true, the wine wasn’t great, but I managed to cope with that…  J

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  8. What’s your pet peeve?
    How long have you got? I hate it when banks make a mistake and then the person at the end of the ‘phone isn’t interested in doing anything to put it right.  Actually, that doesn’t just apply to banks…  I had this recently, Bank of Scotland “lost” £500-odd of my money and didn’t want to take any responsibility for it.  Thanks to First Direct and my persistence, I got it back, but it was hard.

  9. What’s your most treasured possession?
    I’m not sure that possession is the right word, because I’m not sure you ever really own cats, but my girls. I love them dearly.  They are my friends.  They are so clever and bring so much joy into my life.

 As for my nomination, well, I only know two women bloggers, and one of them nominated me, so I can’t nominate her back, so I nominate Julie Hayward.

 

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Ok, here we are with a quick mid-week post…

Gianni Washington (acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com) nominated me to do the #fdbloggers: Get to Know tag.

As regular readers will know, I am not a food blogger, hell, I don’t even cook much these days, but I do love food.  I even love cooking but just don’t get much time these days.  I do have a particular talent for unloading a dishwasher, but that’s another story…  I digress.

So the rules for this are that I answer certain questions, and then I post it on Twitter.  At least, I think that’s right.  So here goes:

Name: Su, Susan, Suse.

Blog: Susan Shirley – A Writer’s Blog

What was your reason for starting a blog? First thing, this wasn’t my first blog.  There is another one out there, but not in my name.  I set it up under a nom de plume because I was worried about my privacy on the internet, and that’s probably not a bad thing to worry about, given my recent track record (identity theft, credit card cloned).  When I got over that, I decided that, if I had any chance of making it as a writer, I needed an online presence.  Hence, starting my blog.

What’s the dish you’re most proud of?  I do a mean roast dinner, my roast potatoes are to die for, even though I do say it myself.  I’m also very good at adapting recipes.  I have often used Nigella’s cheese risotto (not one for Italian purists, I know, but it is very good).  I also have a good range of quick-cooks (because I used to get home from work too late to spend hours cooking, that whole Spanish eat-late doesn’t work for me).  Sorry, can’t go into too much detail because I’m working on a cook book.

What one kitchen utensil could you not live without? Tough call.  What I use most at the moment is my Nutri-bullet but I don’t think that classes as a utensil.  I think I have to go for my magic knife – it’s one of those ones that is supposed to stay sharp forever (again, not for the purists).  I use it for almost all my cutting and chopping except for peeling.

You’re stranded on a desert island.  What three ingredients do you take with you? Can I assume that there is fruit on the island?  That’s a bit of a cheat, I know, but there you go.  Bacon, eggs, olive oil.  I reckon I can manage with that and some of the greenery on the island.  I’m a very good ad lib cook.

Who do you take your inspiration from? No one person.  I’m a real Delia fan, but I also like Nigella and Jamie Oliver, and Gary Rhodes.  I’ve also learned a lot from my friend Theresa.  She’s taught me to cook a bit of Caribbean food, but more importantly, introduced me to it, I’d never really tried it before I met her.  My mum was a very good pastry cook, and I used to do that when I was married, but I honestly can’t be bothered now.

What’s your favourite social platform? I don’t have one.  I’m ambivalent about all of them.

Biggest disaster in the kitchen? Ha ha, that’s easy, although the disaster was averted.  Back in June, my friend Kate came to stay.  I bought some very good bacon (you know how so much of it has a lot of water in it?  This didn’t.) and was grilling bacon and sausages.  I line my grill with foil to make it easier to clean.  The bacon was done first, so I took the bacon off and left the sausages… All of a sudden the fat from the bacon caught fire and all of a sudden my cooker was on fire…  I know what to do in a fire, so I sorted it fairly quickly, but it took ages to clean that cooker.  That was the disaster.

Favourite spot for coffee? There is an independent cafe in St James Park underground station, Caffe Grana, it’s one of the best.

Favourite photo you’ve taken? I assume that this is meant to be related to food, not my actual favourite photo….  Does this count?

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What would you say is your most successful blog post and why? I don’t really know.  Like so many other bloggers, I know people read them but don’t comment.  To be honest, I don’t check the stats often enough to know.

Nominate three food bloggers you’d like to get to know better: Sorry guys, there are no food bloggers that I read often enough.

(c) Susan Shirley 2015