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.
Katie in the Kitchen is another favourite follow on Instagram. Pretty pictures of delicious (mostly healthy) looking food always gets my attention, but I like that she keeps it real and occasionally posts incredible looking non-vegan cupcakes too! This young lady is not only incredibly talented in the kitchen, she’s a midwife in her day job and I have the utmost respect for midwives – in fact it’s a career I would have liked to have pursued myself if I had’ve made up my mind sooner! Just last week a beautiful little box of edible goodies arrived on my doorstep from none other than this gorgeous thoughtful lady and we eagerly devoured them all! It’s so nice to have also tasted the things I get to see and drool over on social media!
I recently asked Katie my Five Foodie Questions and loved learning more about what makes this girl tick! Grab a coffee and get reading.
What is your earliest food memory?
This is actually something I think about pretty often, actually. My earliest memories of food/cooking/baking, is of baking scones at playcentre as a young child. We use to get to individualise our scones with chocolate chips, dried fruit, cheese etc and then put little pieces of paper with our names on, before they were baked. That, and baking gingerbread people with my siblings. My mum used to divide the dough up between us and we had our own rolling pins and cutters. Then we could decorate the ones we made. Actually, lovely memories! We are a very ‘foodie’ family!
How has this defined your relationship with/ethos around food?
Well, my blog depicts a very vegan picture, but, I don’t actually eat an exclusively vegan diet. Probably about 80:20. My mum was really in to healthy eating when we were kids – we were the kids that swapped our beautifully made, nourishing, packetless lunches for the (then) more enticing, fruit roll ups, and little biscuits. I never quite appreciated my home baked muffins, wholegrain club sandwiches and pots of fresh fruit salad, until later in life. However, my own upbringing and the healthy food we had on offer definitely shaped my relationship with food, to some extent. I believe in balance, whole foods and the enjoyment of food in life (life is too short not to enjoy what we eat!).
Tell me about your proudest food moment.
It’s continuous – I still get warm fuzzies and feel really proud every time I hear from one of my followers and see that I have inspired them to be healthy and creative in the kitchen – I once had a follower from the USA email me to tell me how much my recipes had helped her deal with her young sons diabetes in a way that helped him not miss out on yummy treats, but still in control of his medical condition…that was pretty special… or when someone says to me “are you THE Katie from Katie in the kitchen?!” Super cute!. I also feel really proud when my recipes are used on Healthy Food Guide and the feedback I get from readers who then private message my page!
What is your biggest food dream? (What is your loftiest goal? What do you hope to achieve in your food journey?)
I think it’s always in the back of my head that I would love food and creating to be my career and some kind of role that aimed to publicly inspire people to have a healthy relationship with food would be a dream. I love midwifery, I am an inspired and passionate midwife but a girl can multitask right?
Your most favourite ingredient and why?
Nut/plant milk hands down. It’s so versatile and allows me to continue my love affair with creamy smoothies/oats/desserts but without the dairy.
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?
I don’t think a single one person is my dream, BUT I would LOVE to have BREAKFAST (favourite meal of the day) with the food and health bloggers I follow (big and small – I find all of them so inspiring!) on a tropical island (because I love warmth, sun and fruit!).
Please take a moment to check out Katie’s blog 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