Since starting The Bubbalino Kitchen, I have discovered a whole online world of beautiful people putting together gorgeous, inspiring, entertaining and just plain awesome content. Some of them you may have encountered already, others you may never have heard of. I hope by bringing you this series I’m calling Getting Frank with Foodies, I might introduce you to some pretty wonderful Kiwis both here and abroad. Each Wednesday I will bring you someone I admire and respect and share with you their answers to my five foodie questions. I hope you enjoy.
Nicola is someone I respect greatly. She is a voice of reason in a sea of crazy when it comes to educated speak on food, nutrition and general health. I love that she comes from an academic food background and is more than just a passionate foodie like me, but that she’s real, she’s authentic and she’s not afraid to call time on food related nonsense when she hears/sees it.
I recently asked Nicola my Five Foodie Questions and you can read more about what makes her tick below. Please sit down with a nice warm cup of tea and read on:
What is your earliest food memory? How has this defined your relationship with/ethos around food?
I’ve always had a love for food. When I was little, dad made me a toy oven and I used to be forever cooking up pretend food – using powder to make milk and cutting up crayons for make believe food (not sure what they were supposed to be!) Mum was quite interested in health and wellbeing too which I think sparked my interest in healthy eating. For a while my relationship with food took a negative turn. In my teens and early 20s I had poor body image and I became a bit obsessed with losing weight and developed some disordered habits around food and exercise.
I’m grateful that I got out of that place and coming through it has really defined my relationship with food. I love to eat healthy, but I’m a big believer in moderation and allow myself treats without feeling guilty. Finding the freedom to enjoy all foods in moderation within a healthy diet is such a freeing thing, and I love working with others to help them get to this place.
Tell me about your proudest food moment.
I don’t think there is one moment that stands out alone, but I’m always so happy for my clients when they see the changes they’ve made to improve their health and wellbeing. I always get a bit of a buzz when I get a comment or message from readers of my blog who let me know that they love a recipe or have found an article I’ve written useful.
What is your biggest food dream? (What is your loftiest goal? What do you hope to achieve in your food journey?)
I really want to spread the message that being healthy isn’t about dieting, restriction and a having certain body shape. There’s so much nutrition ‘noise’ at the moment, and I’m seeing people become increasingly anxious about what to eat or what not to eat. I’m passionate about sharing balanced information and helping people find a their own healthy balance in food and wellness.
Your most favourite ingredient and why?
Oh tough question! If I had to pick just one it would be garlic as I use it a lot. It adds such an amazing flavour and it’s great for you too. Last year I grew 30 bulbs, and I’ll probably run out before my next lot is ready to harvest.
If you could create the perfect scene including your dream person, in a dream location indulging in a dream meal – what would that look like? Person, place and meal?
Definitely Paris. I have never been, and the food looks amazing. I’d take my husband and eat beef bourguignon with crusty French bread and a big glass of red wine.
Please take a moment to check out Nicola’s website and all her social media channels too!
I hope you’re enjoying this new series as much as I am. I can’t wait to bring you another wonderful foodie next week. If there are any particular Kiwi bloggers or foodies you would like me to ask my five questions of, don’t hesitate to make a suggestion.
Until our next episode of Getting Frank with Foodies…. adios x