Our 19th “Follow them Friday” features Alison from Cheeseweb blogging in English.
When did you start blogging?
I started blogging on January 7, 2004, which means I celebrated the 10th anniversary of CheeseWeb this year! It’s hard to believe.
How did you decide on the name of your blog?
It was pretty random actually. We were living in the Netherlands at the time and, of course, North Holland is famous for its cheese and clogs. Originally, I was going to call the website the ‘cheese and clog blog,’ but I soon shortened it to CheeseWeb. Years later, I toyed with changing the name to something more relevant, but so many readers wrote in asking for me to keep it, CheeseWeb remained.
What was the title of your first ever blog post?
My first blog post was called The Adventure Begins. And so it did…
Do you prefer eating in or eating out?
I really enjoy both. I love to cook, but I adore discovering new restaurants all the way from street carts, to Michelin Stars.
What is your favourite dish to share?
I can’t say I have one particular dish, but I like sharing my love of regional Indian food with others. I’ve been known to whip up a seven dish curry feast on occasion and it’s always something different.
What is your favourite comfort food?
Again, this varies. Any time of curry is certainly a comfort food for me, as is sushi. Lobster really reminds me of home (my Eastern Canadian home, that is) and I love a great bowl of pasta.
What is your favourite dessert?
I definitely prefer savory to sweet, but I love a good moelleux au chocolat or a nice tart sorbet.
How do you like your eggs in the morning?
I’m not much of a breakfast person, but if we do go out for brunch, I enjoy an egg/bagel sandwich, or failing that, an omelet.
Was there a particular dish that got you into cooking?
Again, it was my desire to learn more about regional Indian cooking that really sparked my passion. My first foray into Indian ‘cuisine’ was making Madras curry from a jar in university. I had no idea I’d end up toasting and grinding my own spices some day to make curry pastes from scratch.
What is your earliest food memory?
I was actually a super-picky eater as a child (just ask my Mom). I lived on chicken fingers, hot dogs, hamburgers, and grilled cheese sandwiches.
What are the three things you always have in your freezer?
Homemade stock, hot peppers, grated lemongrass
How do you spend your time when you’re not blogging?
Am I ever not blogging? I live to travel, photograph the world, eat, read great books and spend time with my wonderful husband and our two cats.
Who are your favourite food bloggers?
Why each and every one of the Brussels Food Friends of course!
Who are your favourite non-food bloggers?