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.
Emma from My Darling Lemon Thyme is somewhat of a legend in my eyes. She’s a Kiwi who has gained the respect of the international foodie community and her recipes have been featured on an incredibly impressive line up of publications around the world. A trained chef with extensive professional experience in the kitchen, her having children led to a brand new kind of personal experience with food intolerances and ultimately led to the overhauling of the family diet and discovering a new way to eat and appreciate food.
Her following is huge, her imagery is stunning and not one of her recipes gives the impression you’re missing out on beloved foods – seriously, check out those pics!
I am very honoured to feature Emma today on the blog, so without further ado, please, get comfortable and take a read of Emma’s answers to my Five Foodie questions.
What is your earliest food memory? How has this defined your relationship with/ethos around food?
One of the earliest memories I have is of me standing in the kitchen in the house I grew up in, licking creamed butter and brown sugar from the bowl my mum was making wholemeal banana cake in! We grew up vegetarian and much of what we ate came straight from my parent’s organic vegetable gardens and orchards. I guess you could say that my real food ethos are a direct result of my childhood and upbringing.
Tell me about your proudest food moment.
The release of my first cookbook My Darling Lemon Thyme- Recipes from my real food kitchen would have to be my proudest food moment so far! It really was a dream come true to publish a cookbook (and I have another due out on April too!). There really is something special about holding a book you’ve poured your heart and soul into making (blood, sweat + tears also), the moment before it’s released into the world.
What is your biggest food dream? (What is your loftiest goal? What do you hope to achieve in your food journey?)
I’m super lucky to be already living part of my dream, writting, styling and photographing my own cookbooks. But I’d also love to start teaching classes, to share my years of cooking experience and love of real food and a few other lofy dreams I’ll keep close to my chest for now… 🙂
Your most favourite ingredient and why?
I always struggle with these kinds of questions, as any food obsessed person will tell you, choosing just the one can be a little bit hard! That said, I’d have to say in season fruit and vegetables are my most favourite ingredient (see how I’ve now managed to include hundreds of ingredients, cheeky me!). Fruits and vegetables form most of what I eat and to me are the real ‘superfoods’ of the world.
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?
It would look a little something like this… beautiful sunny, but not-too-hot day surrounded by all the people who mean the most to me, having a picnic under the shade of the trees with a little stream or beach nearby to cool off after lunch… I’d love that, a lot.
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO CHECK OUT EMMA’S SOCIAL MEDIA CHANNELS!
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