Family Feedbag is one of our favourite Victoria blogs, not just because of its really great recipes but because founder AND AWARD WINNER Amy Bronee writes with such fun and flair, it's easy for a fellow mom to read and relate to. We're also pretty envious of her Foodtogrophy, it's just so good! We caught up with Amy and asked her a few questions about her new cookery classes, her blogging awards, her favourite recipes and you know.... stuff....
1. So Amy, you write the Victoria based cooking blog, Family Feedbag. Tell us how long you have been running the site and what motivated you to put your love of cooking into an online format.
I started Family Feedbag as a creative outlet shortly after my second son was born. As a family cook I prepare food several times a day anyway, so by taking notes while I cook and snapping a few photos I end up with some fun content to edit and work on during nap time or in the evening after the kids go to bed. Okay, sometimes I edit photos while the kids break things. I’m not perfect.
2. How often do you tend to post onsite?
I aim for two to three posts per week. Sometimes I’m able to do that and sometimes, like when the kids get sick and need more of me, it’s only once or twice.
3. How do you decide which of your recipes make it onto the site and which do not?!
My goal is quality over quantity. Sometimes that means taking notes and snapping lovely photos but deciding at the dinner table that a dish isn’t “bloggable.” It has to taste great, not just look pretty, and I want my readers to be able to trust that when they make one of my recipes it’ll be good.
4. Do you have a favourite recipe and can we find it on the blog?
Tough question! I like them all for different reasons – savoury, snacky, ooey gooey cheesy, chocolatey! But if it came right down to it I’d say my favourite is Sweet Chili BBQ Chicken: CHECK IT OUT HERE
It’s pure saucy goodness!
5. Where do you find your inspiration?
Lots of places – my veggie garden, farmers markets, grocery stores, TV, online, and just walking down the street.
6. Have you always loved to cook even at a young age? Have you worked in the food industry?
I have always been interested in cooking and valued cooking as a skill. But I spent most of my twenties struggling to do it well and lacking motivation. Having a family to feed has reignited the passion I had as a kid to learn about food and transform simple ingredients into something tasty. I have never worked in a restaurant kitchen and I fear I’d be rubbish at it. I have huge respect for professional chefs!
7. Tell us your favourite go to blogs, whether they are food focused, mom focused, or something entirely different!
There’s a lot of blogging talent out there, but a local favourite of mine is www.luvinthemommyhood.com
. Shannon is a friend of mine in real life too and it’s fun to see all the crafty goodness she's working on before it even hits the blog. I sew and knit as well, so I gobble up craft inspiration wherever I can find it.
8. We see that you are now teaching some cookery classes here in Victoria, can you tell us a little more about them and how we would register etc.
Sure, I’m teaching a fun class called Family Favourites at The London Chef cooking school on Fort Street. I also have a canning class coming up at the Vic West Community Centre this summer and a pie class planned for September. Information on all my classes and how to register is posted to my Classes page: CLICK HERE
9. You have had a fair few awards and nominations for the Family Feedbag blog! Is there one that you are most proud of?
I blog for fun, but of course it’s always a thrill when someone gets in touch to say they like my blog. The Jamie Oliver Food Revolution award had me skipping around the living room with excitement! I had no idea that was coming. Being named one of Canada’s best food bloggers by the National Post was also a great thrill.
10. Is there is one ingredient you simply must have in your kitchen at all times?
Cheese. Flour. Milk. Eggs. Crushed tomatoes. Garlic. Oh, you said just one.
11. There's a pot luck this weekend, what are you going to take with you to share?
I love doing a cheese and crackers platter with some homemade chutney. Good doesn’t have to mean complicated or time-consuming.
12. It's pouring outside, you are feeling in a comfort food frame of mind, what are you going to make?
Pizza. The dough takes time to rise and a rainy day is a good excuse to take your time in the kitchen. (Check out Amy's latest blog post here
- it's easy to make pizza dough with video, hell yeah! - Editor)
13. Okay quick, off the top of your head, top 5 dinner party guests? And what are you making them for dinner?
- Jamie Oliver, and we’re cooking turkey and all the trimmings together then sitting down to eat it with our families and laughing our bums off.
- Chef Michael Smith, and we’re doing some sort of salmon smoking experiment.
- Ina Garten, and we’re making a giant salad at her place and eating it in the garden while chatting about throw pillows.
- My husband, and the main course is white chocolate cheesecake.
- My kids as their future grown-up selves, and they finally eat my homemade mac and cheese.
14. Okay, so everybody gets this question, but it finally feels appropriate! What did you have for breakfast this morning!?
Toast with peanut butter and banana. It’s always been a favourite.
Isn't she great! Thanks Amy!