Monday, 10 March 2014

Liebster Award

The Liebster Award is an award passed around small blogs as a way to put a bit of spotlight on the blogs and make the blogger feel like people are actually interested and paying attention to what they do (which can be hard sometimes!). When someone nominates you for this award they pose 11 questions that need to be answered in the form of a blog post. This is a great way for everyone in the blogging community to get to know each other as well as a way for readers to find out a little more about the person behind the posts.

Firstly, thank you SO much Jessica from Savory Experiments for nominating me! I have nominated some fantastic blogs as well, you can find my picks at the bottom of this post.

1. Why did you start blogging?

I Started blogging last September (2013) after getting loads of lovely comments from friends who loved my food. I was getting quite a lot of encouragement to apply for MasterChef or a similar cooking show.
However, being in front of the camera really isn't the place for me. I am and have always been quite shy and really don't like to be the focus of attention so I compromised with a blog. So glad I did as I LOVE it!

2. What are three kitchen utensils you can not live without? 

My food processor, sharp good quality knives,  and my scales.

3. Where do you see your blog in 5 years?

I would absolutely love to have a huge fan base in 5 years time and keep building my blog to bigger and better things. If I can ever get the hang of the internet I would love to get my own domain name too!

4. What is your favorite beverage? 

Hot Chocolate! I absolutely LOVE hot chocolate. It's not just for winter either. Any time is hot chocolate time.

5.  If you could meet anyone, alive or passed, who would it be?

Jamie Oliver! I absolutely love Jamie, I think he would also be a really fun person to meet!

6. What is your favorite blog post?

It's actually really hard to decide! My favorite at the moment is my chocolate orange cheesecake. Cheesecakes are so simple to make and a lot of fun. I absolutely love the combination of chocolate and orange in this one and I had a blast making it as I made it with my man. Cooking and baking with him is my favorite :)

7.  Other than blogging, what do you enjoy doing with your time? 

Spending time with my wonderful man and getting out and about with our dog.

8. What is your dream vacation? 

I am a real animal person and I also love to be outside so my dream vacation would have to be to Canada were I can go to a National Park and see bears and wolves etc. I promise not to get too close!

9.  What is one skill you wish you had? 

I would LOVE to be better skilled in terms of food photography! But at least this is something I can improve and work towards being better at. 

10.  Sweet, salty or spicy? 

Sometimes sweet, sometimes salty. But always chocolate. 

11. What is your favorite (or most addicting) form of social media? 

Facebook (in terms of being addicted). I love seeing people interact with my posts and also finding out what everyone else has been up to.

11 Fun Facts!

1.  This year is my 7th year at university! I have an undergraduate honors degree in biochemistry and I will hopefully be finished my PhD by the end of this year.

2. When I was a kid I absolutely dreamed of having a pet grizzly bear called Cuddles.

3.  TV advertisements about animals in need make me cry.

4. I HATE green beans with a passion. When I was younger I even made a song about my hate for them.

5. Along with my man I have just started Karate from which I have discovered that I am extremely uncoordinated. 

6. I am really quite bad with technology. My computer crashes all the time!

7. I LOVE roller coasters!

8. I have one younger brother.

9. When I was young I wanted to be either a school teacher or a waitress.

10. My favorite subject at school was biology (surprise, surprise!) but I also learnt French right the way through high school. Don't ask me how to say anything though!

11. Although I am a scientist, I am terrible at Math. I still freak out when I am teaching in an undergraduate lab and they ask me to explain how a calculation works. 

Liebster Award Rules:
  1. Thank the blogger who presented you with the Liebster Award and provide a link back to his or her blog.
  2. Answer the questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself, and create 11 questions for your nominees.
  3. Present the Liebster Award to several other bloggers who have blogs whom you feel deserve to be noticed. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been nominated or email them.
  4. Upload the Liebster Award image to your blog.
My Questions: (I kept some of Jessicas because I couldn't think what to ask!).

1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What are three kitchen utensils you can not live without? 
3. Where do you see your blog in 5 years?
4. What is your favorite and least favorite food?
5.  What makes you most passionate about the topic of your blog?
6. What is your favorite blog post?
7.  Other than blogging, what do you enjoy doing with your time? 
8. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
9.  What is your favorite animal? 
10.  What food do you crave the most?
11. What is your favorite (or most addicting) form of social media? 

My nominations:

1. Janette @ Culinary Ginger

2. Michael @ The Social Chef

3. Laurie @Food is Love

4. Brandi @ Aunt Bees Recipes


  1. Congratulations Nicole, this is so exciting and makes all our hard work worth it. Thank you so much for the nomination, I'm excited to learn more about the Liebster award and participating. I've already got my nominations in mind :)

    1. It is exciting isn't it! I think it's a really cool way to get people to notice us little guys =) I'm looking forward to seeing your post! Glad you've got your nominations sorted!

  2. Great!!! I love learning about everyone in their "real lives"!

  3. Thank You Nicole! I am honored that you thought of me! Very Sweet!

  4. This is great Nicole. I could always go for chocolate too.