Project Food Blog Entry #5: Recipe Remix – Coming To Terms With Pizza


So here we are again. Round five of Project Food Blog hosted by Foodbuzz.com. Can you believe it?! Halfway into the competition and still standing. As the only Brit left I’m slightly shocked, and also incredibly grateful. Thank you for voting for me, for all your wonderful comments and emails – I’m very appreciative, as is Nom Man, who was so happy he devoured the remaining chocolate truffles and promptly fell into a sugar coma. So he’ll be absent from this post, but he said to tell you that, ahem: “NOM MAN SAY HE LOVE YOU”. So. There you go.

For this round we were told to create our own version of pizza.

So I’m a little weird. A little?! I hear you ask; yeah, okay, I’m a lot weird, but one of the weirdest things about me is that whilst I am happy to eat pretty much anything on my plate, offal, chicken feet, fish eyeballs (yes, I have been there), I… well… I don’t like pizza. I don’t know what it is about pizza that I so dislike: it’s too… bread-y? Or greasy? Or just… bland? Maybe a combination of all three. I’ve had people who have tried to convince me otherwise, have made me deep-dish, thin-crust, Italian, Chicago – baby, I’ve tried ‘em all – and the only two I’ve vaguely liked were Otto Pizza’s cornmeal crust pizzas, and a thin-crust I made with David. But still, when given a choice, I’m not going to go for the pizza. Sorry. Maybe that makes me a little insane (a little more insane), but it just ain’t my thing.


Sing For Round 4!


O HAI! I’m singing at the tops of my lungs in the flat today as I chop leeks and onions and prepare for my catering gig, and y’know why? Well, for one because it’s fun, but also because voting for round 4 of Project Food Blog is now open!

That’s right! You guys can now vote for me (and Nom Man) to help get us through to round 5, and one step closer to that grand prize! Booyah, baby. So, let’s run through this process again, although if you don’t know how to vote by now… well. I’m really just disappointed in you. Yup. Do you feel my disappointment? DO YOU FEEL MY DISAPPROVING EYES ON THE BACK OF YOUR NECK?! No I’m kidding. But seriously. This is how to vote (accompanied by early 90s boyband hits):

1. If you’re a fellow Featured Publisher, click the link below and click the heart! Whooomp there it is!

2. If you’ve already signed up because you voted the last couple of weeks, click the link then the heart. Everybody get up! 1-2-3-4-5ive’ll make you get down…

3. If you’re not signed up (but we’re into round 4 now so I don’t know WHY you aren’t), click the link, join Foodbuzz (free, easy, no spam, and we all know nobody likes spam. Well. Except when it’s fried. Yum…), then vote for me by clicking the heart. BOOM SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE THE ROOM.

Simples! So come on y’all. Get your votes out, and whilst you’re at it, stick some early 90s hits on and groove. I would approve greatly of that.


See you guys on the other side! Peace and love.

Jax x

Project Food Blog Entry #4: Picture Perfect – Doin’ The Truffle Shuffle


I’m in round 4 of Project Food Blog! I’m totally bowled over. Thank you all SO much for voting for me. Seriously. I am one happy girl. For this round we were told to create a photography step-by-step instructional tutorial.

When I was thinking about this particular post a little somebody insisted on helping me out with it – have you met my little friend down on the bottom left-hand side of my page? That’s Nom Man and he absolutely insisted on being part of this post. Who am I to deny a cute little guy like that? So together Nom Man and myself, Feeder Lady, decided to make some Chilli Chocolate and Matcha Chocolate Truffles. Basic recipe adapted from Delia Smith.


Where Your Votes At?!


It’s that time of the week again! The time when I come home from my catering gig (which I’m totally owning, by the way. Just so ya know…), get onto the computer, read Tweets, read your lovely comments, and say: hey! YOU GUYS SHOULD VOTE FOR ME!

That’s right! I made it through to round THREE of Project Food Blog 2010, and you can help me get through to round four! All yous gots to do is click yo’ mouse. I know. It is that simple.

SO. Just in case y’all confused about what/where you’re going:

1. If you’re a fellow Featured Publisher, click the link below and click the heart! BOOM.

2. If you’ve already signed up because you voted the last couple of weeks, click the link, click the heart, BOOM-TASTIC.

3. If you’re not signed up (and WHY NOT?! Don’t you love me anymore?!), click the link, join up (free, easy, no spam AND you get to be part of an awesome community of foodies – hellooo!) and click the heart. BOOM-DIDDLY.

It is as easy as that. So c’mon guys, let’s keep the dream alive! Vote for me!…I feel like this is some kind of crazy, tired, whacked out candidate speech. I should kiss a baby. Who has a baby for me to kiss? Any takers? No? Okay then. I’ll be quiet now. Vote for me!


Until next time, you know the drill – peace and love.

Jax x

Project Food Blog Entry #3: Luxury Dinner Party – It’s A Mad ‘Mad Men’ World


Luxury 'Mad Men' Dinner Party Menu

Clearly I’m through to round 3 of Project Food Blog – THANK YOU. I’m overjoyed. For this round Foodbuzz asked us to plan and host a luxury dinner party for at least four.

So I have a confession. I’ve always wanted to be a 1950s/60s housewife. I know, it’s a bit weird, especially coming from a British-born Chinese (BBC) girl. Why would I want the constrictions? Am I mad? But it’s because I love the idea of the glamour. I love the clothes. I love the sophistication. I love the Martinis. So when I saw the words ‘Luxury Dinner Party’ all I saw was ‘Mad Men’. What better way to relax and kick-back with friends than with a throwback to times of total sophistication?


Project Food Blog Entry #2: The Classics – How To Cook As If You Know What You’re Doing


Tagine Baby

As you may have guessed by the title of this post I made it through to round 2 of Project Food Blog 2010! A huge, massive, enormous thanks to everyone who voted for me – was thrilled to bits! For challenge 2 we were told to have a go at an “ethnic classic dish from another culture” and see how well we could pull it off. So what did I pick? A Moroccan tagine dish.

Two of my girl friends went to Morocco when they were about 16 and came back raving about everything. They even talked with great fondness about having to bring their own toilet paper up and down mountains. But I’ve never been. When trying to decide what I should cook I asked myself, what would I never think to make? And the answer was a tagine, something I’ve never attempted or eaten very much – Middle-Eastern doesn’t feature heavily on my radar. In fact, it’s so far removed from what I normally do it may as well not exist. But that’s why I loved the idea: why not really have a go at something different?


Let The Voting Commence!


Voting is now open for Project Food Blog 2010! Isn’t that exciting? You can vote from 6am PST (2pm GMT) September 20th (that’s today) until 6pm PST (2am GMT (24th)) September 23rd (that’s Thursday!). The 400 bloggers who will be progressing to the next round will be announced at 12pm PST (8pm GMT) September 24th (Friday).

So here’s what you have to do to vote:

1. If you are already a fellow Featured Publisher or Foodbuzz member, simply click the link below, then click the heart and ta-dah! You’ve voted for me! Yay! Thank you!

2. If you are a friend/family member/stalker/creature-from-the-depths-below-who-only-accesses-the-internet-once-a-year-and-this-is-the-time then join Foodbuzz.com (totally free, you don’t have to have a blog and they won’t send you spam emails!), click the link below, click the heart and yay! You’ve voted for me too!

Thank you a million times over and hey, whilst you’re over at Foodbuzz.com check out the other contestants too! There are some mighty talented people out there!…but wait, I’m supposed to be plugging myself. Er. Vote for me, please. Thank you!


Also, if you haven’t already, you can now Like ‘I Am A Feeder’ on Facebook! See the widget to the right-hand side of the blog!…yes, I have succumbed to the evils of social media. As if Twitter weren’t bad enough ;) But seriously, Like the page to get updates, photos, news and recipes before the rest of the crowd! G’wan, get involved – you know you want to…

Until next time, friends (and there’s a lot to share in my backlog of posts, so I shall be posting again very soon!) – peace and love.

Jax x

Releasing My Inner Foodie Communist: Food For The People By The People #10


Finally getting round to posting the last entry from my foodie competition, details of which can be found here. I know, I’ve been terribly behind with posting recipes and entries of late – what can I say? I’m a working girl, my time is not my own. And the time that is my own is usually exhausted and passed out in a corner somewhere. Anyway, I will pick a winner and announce it by the end of the month, so keep your eyes peeled!

If you want to remind yourself, the other entries are as follows:
Entry #1
Entry #2
Entry #3
Entry #4
Entry #5
Entry #6
Entry #7
Entry #8
Entry #9

If you missed out this time, never fear, I probably will be running this again, but have a couple of other projects I want to get underway first. Anyway, enough blab about all that. On to the submission: baked cured salmon.


Project Food Blog Entry #1: Ready, Set, Blog! – Why I Am A Feeder


Let them eat cake
Photo by David Mason.

As you may have noticed from the sudden widget that popped up over on the left-hand side of my blog there, I’m entered as a contestant into the Project Food Blog competition over at FoodBuzz, the first interactive food blogging competition. Contestants will be put through their paces through ten different challenges until they are whittled down to just one, and voting will be a combination of official judges and you, the public. Voting for this stage of the competition opens on Monday 20th, by the way, but I’ll post a link when we get there! If you click on my contestant banner you can read a little more about me, or you can learn more about the competition itself through the other links at the top of this post.

For the first challenge we’ve been asked to create a post that “defines you as a food blogger and makes it clear why you think you have what it takes to be the next food blog star”. In all honesty, I’ve been puzzling over this one for a couple of days now. I kept writing a post and then scrapping it because I find it kind of hard to say why I should be the person you vote for. Or what makes me better than any of the other incredibly accomplished Food Bloggers who are entered into this competition (all 2,000 of them; yeah, 2,000). So what is it that sets me apart from all the rest?


Blog Announcement: Releasing My Inner Foodie Communist


C’est Moi, originally uploaded by jaxies.

So, as you may have noticed, I’ve cleaned up the functionality and given the blog a bit of a long overdue facelift. Along with the new and improved look I’ve decided to start my new project which I’ve been mulling over for about a week.

I’ve been thinking about starting up a little interactive food-related feature on this here blog which I’ve named, Releasing My Inner Communist: Food For The People, By The People. I kind of tested it by rolling it out on Kudocities, formerly known as London By London, a place where fellow Londoners could get together to share knowledge about the city we live in, and mostly love to hate. Hey, we’re British: moaning is what we do. Anyway, the response was pretty good and so I’ve decided to roll it out for realsies.

The idea is that you send me a recipe of yours that you really want to see photographed, featured on this blog, and, more importantly, shared with the world, and I make it. I know. Simples. And, as a further added incentive, I will select one recipe at the end of a certain period of time (it depends on how many entrants I get for this) and that person will receive a personalised gift basket from moi, containing various London food-related goodies! Now does that sound good or what?

So, to leave this one open enough that you guys can submit recipes to me (and that I have time to make them), I’m going to give you the whole summer, up until the end of August to submit recipes to me. The only stipulation is that they must be Summer-themed.

Please feel free to submit anything you like, but bear in mind that I currently do not own a BBQ in my flat (guess why) so any recipes that require BBQs will either have to wait to be tested until I can commandeer a friend’s BBQ kit, or suffer some form of indoor cooking!

Interested in taking part? Email me already or drop a comment! I look forward to eating your tasties. Until next time, peace and love.

Jax x

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