FrugalFeeding “Unplugged”

Earlier this afternoon I received an e-mail from one of my favourite bloggers – The Dusty Baker. She asked me whether I would like to participate in the “Unplugged” chain, which is essentially an interview in blog form. Usually it is against my sensibilities as a writer and food blogger to take part in any such self-indulgence. However, for now I shall set aside any such critical self-awareness and proceed with the faint suspicion that this will be, for most, a rather uninspiring and rather uninteresting post.

It so happens that this is the week leading up to the first anniversary of FrugalFeeding. This does, in truth, mean that such an e-mail arrived at a rather opportune time. Most of my readers will know very little about me and it only seems right that a little more information be divulged after the best part of an extremely successful year. So thank you, Dusty, for prompting me to take part in such a previously unenticing chain. Here goes nothing…

Who or what inspired you to start your blog?

I honestly can’t answer this question with any amount of certainty. People often ask me this question and the reply they always receive is that the inspiration suddenly came to me one morning. The urge to blog then overcame me and I have not indulged in a backward glance since. The reason my blog is about eating frugally is simply because my girlfriend and I wanted, as students, to eat well while maintaining a reasonable level of spare money.

Who is your foodie inspiration?

I don’t think I have a personal ‘foodie inspiration’. I love reading the various and numerous recipes across WordPress and they fairly regularly give me a few ideas. However, while I read many recipes written by a plethora of inspiring cooks, no one really inspires me to do specifically what I do. Though, perhaps Katherine has pushed me to fulfil my potential.

Your greasiest most batter splattered cook book is?

This may sound ridiculous, but my very first cookbook was given to me last Christmas – Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s new book. As such, none of them are particularly greasy or splattered. I’ve always enjoyed cooking, but none of the cookbooks I’ve used have ever belonged to me. To be honest, I try not to use too many recipes written by other people. Though, if I am looking for some quick and dirty inspiration, my first port of call has and always will be BBC GoodFood.

The best thing you have ever eaten in another country, where was it and what was it?

A single dish may be a little hard to single out. However, I can narrow it down to place and situ. It will come as no surprise to hear that some of my favourite meals have been eaten during my annual visits to Madrid. This was taken a step further when my girlfriend and I visited the family of her brother’s fiancée in a village two hours west of the capital. Over the course of the short time we were there, I ingested an almost disgusting amount of food, all of which was rather incredible. The olives were especially delicious, though the steak was similarly exceptional.

Another Food Blogger’s table you would like to eat at?

Yet another difficult and awkward question! I suppose the answer would have to be the table of Rosemary (Cooking In Sens). She makes such a delectable array of food and takes such incredible photos of what she creates. Her blog is truly inspiring, as is her food. However, it should be said that there are many other bloggers with whom I would more than happily share many a meal.

What one kitchen gadget would you like Santa to bring you? (if money were no object)

Kitchen gadgets don’t interest me that much. What I would truly cherish is a decent camera. Then perhaps my photos would achieve the standard set by Sens and so many others.

Who taught you how to cook?

Though the cooking bug does seem to run along my mother’s side of the family, I am almost entirely self-taught. Of course, a lot of what I know has been garnered from here and there – Ready Steady Cook and the like – but I appear to have gone through a rather unexpected process of culinary development.

I’m coming to you for dinner, what is your signature dish?

Who knows?! These days, due to time constraints, I rarely cook anything more than once. However, I can always turn out a jolly good curry or slow-cooked melange of meat and vegetables.

What is your guilty food pleasure?

I, like Dusty, never really feel guilt about food. Perhaps this fact is a downfall, perhaps it isn’t.

Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn?

I suppose I’ve already divulged something rather unexpected – that I received my first cookbook a mere month ago. Oh and that I’m a guy – most of you bloggers seem to be of the female gender. This has become a constant source of both mild annoyance and entertainment for Katherine, my girlfriend.

My next job seems to be choosing other bloggers whom I would love to know more about. This is particularly difficult since most food bloggers are a lot more forthcoming than I. However, someone I know very little about is Sens. Though, I don’t expect that she’ll want to divulge too much more. Once again, here goes nothing…

1. The Big Fat Noodle – I adore Noodle’s blog. Her writing, photography and recipes are, more often than not, to-die-for.

2. Cooking in Sens – In addition to the reasons above, she appears to have rather good taste and a jolly good sense of humour. Not to mention the fact I know next to nothing about her.

3. Fork and Beans – Me and Cara appear to have developed a rather banter-filled food-blogging relationship over the past weeks. I always enjoy her posts. As such, she should take a step into the breach and do this.

4. Cooking-Spree – This wonderful blogger will have to be my penultimate choice. She is the proud owner of a truly spectacular blog. I wish mine looked even half as good. Give us a little insight.

5. Movita Beaucoup – For some reason I often think of Movita and Cooking-Spree together. Perhaps this is because Movita also has a truly beautiful blog. Though her blog doesn’t like to keep me as a follower for longer than a few days, I’d like to know a little more about the woman behind the words and photos.

I do hope that this insight into FrugalFeeding, or Nick, has been adequate. I’m unlikely to do anything like this again for rather a long time. Please enjoy this post for what it is. Please return to wish my blog a happy birthday in just a few days’ time. It feels odd not ending a blog with a ‘cost’ section. In lieu of economic achievement, here are my chickens:

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61 comments on “FrugalFeeding “Unplugged”

  1. Celia @ Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
    January 22, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I LOVE your chickens! Are they Hylines or ISA Browns? (Ours are the latter). It’s nice to put a name and a face to a blog, and I wish you every continued success, Nick! Cheers, Celia

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:19 pm

      Who knows what they are… all I know is that they give me eggs… Thanks, Celia. I wish myself continued success 😀

  2. countrywoodsmoke
    January 22, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Hello Nick!
    Great to get to know you a bit better, look forward to many more lovely frugal recipes to come.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Hola! There are many more up my sleeve. Though, I need a new jumper, it’s look a little stretched.

  3. thekalechronicles
    January 22, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    I shall enjoy looking at the blogs on your tag list. And it’s nice to know your name. — Sharyn

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      You should, they are fantastic. I’ve stepped out of total obscurity, it’s a little intimidating 😛

  4. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    January 22, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Great interview! I too would love to eat in Rosemary’s kitchen and peek in her freezer.

  5. Juls (Pepper and Sherry)
    January 22, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Yay! Now I don’t have to refer to you as “Mr Frugal” on my blog when I do one of your recipes!

  6. Out Of Our Minds To Yours
    January 22, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Congrats on a year of blogging, as a fellow newbie (about 6 months) I find it inspiring that one can last a year!!

    It’s nice to know more about you. I like your blogs and your writing style, that british way of writing (spoken by an american who is clueless on british ways). Keep up the good work!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm

      Thanks! One CAN last a year with ease, if one is intent on doing so. I’m glad you like my Britishness – it’ what keeps me sane in a sea of you Americans.

  7. movita beaucoup
    January 22, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    But, but… wah? This is so awesome! I’m totally flattered because you are so cool and I am… not. So, first, I’d like to thank my parents. They taught me to eat. Thank you, also, to The Admiral. Best oven ever. I’d like to send a special thank you to Al Gore (for inventing the interwebs). And finally, I’d like to thank FrugalFeeding. Because the interweb is nothing if not inspiring, and I get a whole lot of inspiring on this here blog…

    xox movita beaucoup

    PS I’m really sorry that my blog doesn’t want us to be together. Clearly WordPress is worried about our potential for world domination.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:16 pm

      Well, I’m jolly glad you think so! I’m so glad I inspire you so much. Your blog is a pain in the proverbial arse… 😀

  8. Delightful Discoveries.
    January 22, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    How awesome for you! Enjoyed reading this. I am very frugal myself!

  9. thebigfatnoodle
    January 22, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    You keep chickens, damn!!!! I mean damn for me, good for you!!! I do wish I had the land to keep some chickens and ducks and pigs (hmmmm, bacon…!), but then I’d probably shirk from the mucking out LOL. Thanks for the lovely comment and tag, I always knew you were a bloke though, people really thought you were a girl!?!!!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm

      Oh yes. Buy some! We have next to no land! Some people have mistaken me for a girl… not sure why.

  10. ceciliag
    January 22, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks for stepping out of the dark Nick!!! Lovely to see you.. c

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:14 pm

      Well, I was lacking a little in vitamin D. It was more to do with medical necessity, than it was to do with choice 😀

  11. Michelle
    January 22, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Love the chickens!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Unfortunately their eggs are going a little down hill…

  12. Aimee@clevermuffin
    January 23, 2012 at 12:44 am

    How fun – lovely and brave to know a bit more about you. If only we could share the kitchen table with more of our virtual food blogger friends. Wouldn’t that be fun?

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Oh yes, I’m very brave indeed. It would be fun!

  13. Kimby
    January 23, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Contrary to your faint suspicions, this was a delightful interview — very nice to “meet” the man behind the food and your lovely inspiration, too! Congrats on your upcoming one-year blog anniversary!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Well, thank goodness for that :D. Thank you, I shall have to do something spectacular.

  14. Jen R
    January 23, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Thanks for sharing alittle more of yourself….lov that your a guy and that you have chooks…..very cool…off to check out some of those other blogs xx

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Do, they are wonderful blogs. I like that I’m a guy too 😀

  15. k.m.
    January 23, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Jealous that you can have chickens, and right with you about the camera thing – I can get decent photographs with my current camera, but it always feels like a battle and not an extension of me (or my vision, I guess).

    Congratulations on your blog’s soon-to-be anniversary too, that’s very exciting!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Get some! I get the same sort of feeling. It is very exciting. I can’t wait to embark on my second year.

  16. thehealthyfitdiva
    January 23, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Love the chickens…and happy anniversary to you blog…even if it is a few days early!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      I love their eggs! Early is good, better than late anyway.

  17. thelittleloaf
    January 23, 2012 at 9:46 am

    Really interesting to read a bit more about the man behind the blog. I have to admit, when I first started reading your blog I assumed you were a woman! Absolutely agree that you should never feel guilty about food – it should be a pleasure, but not one that you ever feel bad about 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      How dare you?! :D. I never feel bad about pleasures 😀

  18. Chica Andaluza
    January 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Enjoyed reading this – good to know more about the person who writes the blog!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:09 pm

      I’m glad you think so, I wasn’t sure if anyone would care :D.

  19. Chef Pamela
    January 23, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    Great to know more about you! Keep cooking and writing, I enjoy your work.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:08 pm

      I’m glad you think so! I shall most certainly keep plugging away!

  20. spree
    January 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Frugal…(you see, already there I go with calling you by your old name)…Nick! So happy for the proper introduction, and you are so cute, and so guy, and so NOT a girl and never were, and so clever, and such a ridiculously good writer, and do so inspire with your witty frugalities, and I was so not bored reading your interview, and I’m so happy (and have been for quite some time) to be following your lovely blog, and I so cannot believe you’ve made it this far (and so successfully!) with only one cookbook to your name (and that newly-acquired!), and I am SO grateful to you (amazed really) for the incredibly kind compliments you’ve paid cooking-spree! Truly humbled. Thank yu so very much Nick! And I’ll be around to lift a glass on the occasion of your first anniversary. Let’s splurge on champagne!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 6:07 pm

      Blimey, you are a little too kind :D. Some people have mistaken me for a girl! Oh well. I’m so glad you enjoy me/my blog so much. Thanks! Unfortunately, I really detest champagne – crack out the cider, that’s what I say.

  21. baconbiscuit212
    January 23, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks for letting us get to know you better. In your photo, are you pointing to yourself with a knife? What a daredevil!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 23, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      No probs! Yes, I think I was. I’m off the scale.

  22. Mama's Gotta Bake
    January 23, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Great interview, loved reading it!

  23. divaofdelicious
    January 24, 2012 at 6:03 am

    Happy blog-a-versary! Hard to believe you’ve done this food blog only one year…you seem much more ”seasoned” (pardon the pun). I love the originality, frugality, and the photography isn’t bad at all. The rustic wooden table presentation is awesome…very inviting and at the same time very manly. Can’t understand the confusion. I hope to enjoy your posts another year so be careful with that knife!.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm

      thanks! :D. I think it’s surprising it has been a year, but for the opposite reason. Are you callingme old :D. haha. I’m so glad you like my blog and know I’ma man/boy 😀

  24. promenadeplantings
    January 24, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Good to see you, you’ll still be Frugal in my head though 🙂 And chickens! I want some, oh and ducks. I could feed them my veggie scraps and slugs and get free entertainment, and the odd egg in return

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      Oh good! It is a much better name :D. Get some! Such a good investment.

  25. Cara
    January 24, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    NICK!! Finally I know you freakin’ name. *enter angelic choir music from the heavens* Nice to finally know your name, for reals! If ever I am in Europe, I will be expecting to meet you and your girlfriend, along with a homemade jolly good curry 🙂

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Oh yes! Sorry I’ve kept it secret for the best part of a year! Oh yes, do let us know 😀

  26. cookinginsens
    January 25, 2012 at 6:56 am

    I can’t believe that I didn’t respond to this post! Thank you Frugal for the mention. I really appreciate it! I even responded to the questions. Nice chickens.

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Tut! :D. I’m so glad you responded, it was my pleasure to mention you.

  27. Eva
    January 26, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Happy Birthday in a few day, Nick! It was very nice reading about who Frugal Feeding is.
    It’s interesting that you have chickens; our city council was just discussing the merits and virtues of allowing the residents of Toronto to keep chickens in their back yards (not withstanding it gets bloody cold in the winter) — they’ve decided to postpone the study, no chickens for us!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks! I have no idea wwhat the negative effects of chickens would be… it’s so silly that places do that!

  28. funnyloveblog
    January 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    I love your chickens! My friend Matt has chickens, and in non-farmland America that is WEIRD. He’s one of those cool edgy people that wants to move to Europe – shocker! Loved learning more about you – I don’t think I even knew your name before this!

    • frugalfeeding
      January 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      I shall relay the message to them with haste. Not many people did – I’m mysterious 😀

  29. cogidubnus
    February 5, 2012 at 11:52 pm

    Well done Nick…your blog (like your attitude towards cookery) is superb…thanks!

  30. mrswebbinthekitchen
    February 14, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    How cool to have a male perspective in the food blogosphere! You’re probably the first I’ve seen thus far! I wish I had my own chickens…

    • frugalfeeding
      February 16, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Thanks! We definitely are a rare breed 🙂

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