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.
Kate’s Instagram feed, like everyone I’ve chosen to feature in my Getting Frank with Foodies series, is mouth watering. It is a perfect combination of healthy meal ideas, decadent, kit-kat adorned chocolate cakes and humble scones with hunks of butter. That’s what I call real food. A real selection of food of all sorts! For more evidence of her amazing skill in the kitchen, check out this blog post of a recent wedding that she ‘katered’.
I asked Kate to answer my Five Foodie Questions and she has spoiled me with beautiful answers to each one. Hope you enjoy reading.
What is your earliest food memory? How has this defined your relationship with/ethos around food?
Probably sitting up at the kitchen bench licking every last drop of mixture from the cake beaters and the mixing bowl when Mum was baking. I also remember getting way too excited when I realised you could make shapes and letters with pikelets. My sister often reminds me of how slowly I used to eat a Moro bar when we were kids – while everyone else would gobble it in seconds, half an hour later there I was slowly dissecting and nibbling on every last morsel. This obsession and passion for food has been hard to ignore – pretty much all of my fondest memories involve food. From childhood birthday cakes to getting to choose where we went for family dinners out.
My love for sharing good food also started when I was young, I loved to bake and cook for friends, and started my own Christmas Cake business when I was at school. I started wanting to tell everyone about the food I was making, creating, eating and discovering. I guess this is what provoked me to start my blog ‘Relish the memory.’ A place to share and remember my latest favourite foodie moments. Food is such a crucial part of everyday life and I truly believe you can make it that much more exciting by savouring, celebrating and enjoying damn good food. Basically food is my way of literally ‘relishing memories’ – whether it’s the knowing where it comes from, who made it, who I ate it with, where I was and how it made me feel that all enhance my love for it.
Tell me about your proudest food moment.
I’ve got a couple that come to mind, mostly to do with my Relish the memory ‘Katering’ escapades. as I was starting out I was fortunate enough to cater for various events in the NZ fashion industry working with Black Box Boutique, Public Library Showroom and designers including Georgia Alice, Salasai, Vanishing Elephant and the Creative Common Occupation (an NZ Design collective). It was so exciting and such an honour to be able to help celebrate these talented people and their creative abilities through my food. A standout moment this year was when a gorgeous friend of mine trusted me to help with the food on her wedding day. Creating appetizers, salads, desserts and decorating the cake. Being part of such a happy, love-filled day, celebrating such a special moment in a couples life was a truly a priviledge. Thankfully everyone loved the food and it was a huge confidence boost for me and really helped me to see what may be possible for ‘Relish the memory’ in the future. I must say I was pretty proud when I reached 1000 followers on my Instagram account. It seemed kind of surreal to me that 1000 people were interested enough to follow my foodie discoveries and creations. Through this platform I have developed a bit of a name for myself for my outrageous cakes and I get a huge sense of pride everytime I create a unique, decadent cake for someone to enjoy on their special day and get to see others ‘liking’ what I have done. I mean really, who doesn’t LOVE cake?
What is your biggest food dream? (What is your loftiest goal? What do you hope to achieve in your food journey?
To inspire and help people to ‘relish their memories’ with, about and around food. But also to continue to learn, experience, be challenged and inspired by others in food. For me everything about food brings me so much excitement, pleasure and happiness. So if I can in some way encourage others to experience even a small amount of that enjoyment, then I would have succeeded. There’s no denying I’d love to one day publish my own cookbook, but more importantly be involved in spreading the word about what, who, how and where great food can be cooked, grown, created and discovered (particularly here in NZ!) and be a source of foodspiration for the world!
Your most favourite ingredient and why?
I’m going to be greedy and have three. Eggs, Nuts and Coconut. I love how certain foods offer variety, endless possibilities of ways to enjoy them and of plenty of nutritional value. These three foods tick all of those boxes. I doubt I need to harp on about the versatility of an egg, but they really are such an incredible food source. Savoury, sweet, breakfast, dinner, snacks, packed full of protein and obviously crucial for CAKE. I love every type of egg – a plate of creamy scrambled eggs, a perfect poachy, eggs and soldiers, boiled egg on the go, chinese tea smoked eggs… etc etc. Nevermind the fact that they are super affordable, enjoyed by most cultures around the world and the fact we are able to eat them because a living creature gave birth to it! And we haven’t even started on their potential in the world of sweets. Did I mention cake?
My second, yet just as lovable favourite would be Nuts. Anything that can be made into butter is a good thing in my books (I think I just snuck myself a fourth favourite). Again for me it’s about their possibilities – shapes, sizes, textures, crunch factor, roasted, unroasted, sweet, savoury, accompaniments, main meal, healthy fats, protein and the fact that they tick every box on the latest menu (gf/df/raw/vegan). I truly empathise with anyone who has to deal with a nut allergy. But then there you have seeds – (tahini!!!). Finally coconut! I think you get the idea, but it just offers so much potential. And the fact that you can eat it with every meal and it makes best friends with chocolate. It must be time for cake?
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?
Gosh this is hard, funnily enough I’ve never had to think about it before. Only pre-requisite was that it would have to end in cake.
If we are talking celebrity I’d probably pick a late night feast with Nigella Lawson in her kitchen. Sneaking some sort of hearty feast and decadent chocolate cake straight from her fridge, (just like she does at the end of her show) and talking food all night with the goddess herself.
But closer to home I would a say huge dinner party with my family and close friends either at my godparents home in Mt Eden, or at my home in Te Puke. Feasting on whitebait fritters and smoked trout caught fresh and cooked by my Dad, a huge slab of my Godfathers glorious manuka smoked salmon with heaps of fresh and delicious salads made by me and my favourite ladies, plenty of vino and to finish an extravagant RTM cake creation involving dark chocolate and coconut! Yum. Might have to get planning this one! X
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I hope you’re enjoying this 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