Follow them Friday: Eats to West

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Our fifteenth “Follow them Friday” features EMMANUALLE from EATS TO WEST blogging in English & French.

When did you start blogging?

I started the 19th of January 2014. I had the idea in Colombia during my trip in September but it took me that long to make it happen

How did you decide on the name of your blog?

I actually sent a message to all the native English speakers that I met while travelling asking them if “Do Eat Yourself” could work… And they all disagreed ^^. Lindsay and Stu, 2 British friends I met in Albania and who are now living in Australia came up with 5 ideas based on what I wanted to do with this blog and “Eats to West” was my favorite idea.

What is your favourite dish to share?

If I’m not the one cooking, My favourite dish is the “Magret de canard aux olives” from my mother but if I’m the one cooking, my favourite dish to share with friends is a simple rare prime rib cooked on the barbecue or in a fireplace with coarse salt, a lot of different homemade dips, salads, snacks etc…

What is your favourite comfort food?

Definitely French fries with curry-ketchup sauce (:/)

What is your favourite dessert?

My strawberry & Chantilly (whipped cream) pie made with speculoos for the pie dough (like what you’d do for a speculoos cheesecake), I could die for it! But it’s not lactose intolerant friendly at all

How do you like your eggs in the morning?

Soft-boiled eggs with salt, pepper and “mouillettes” (long slices of bread with salted butter)… Since I am 3 years old 😉

What has been your biggest recipe failure?

I tried to make my own gnocchi… I followed the recipe from an Italian book but I don’t exactly speak Italian which makes me think that I probably missed something. The taste was not bad but the texture was super sticky (I had potato everywhere in my kitchen) and our stomachs were full after eating 3 gnocchi. I’m pretty sure I found a way to solve the world starvation issue with my gnocchi this day :)

How do you spend your time when you’re not blogging?

I’m at work 8 hours a day, then I’m at school (cooking school) until 11.30 pm and during my week-ends, for 100 hours per year I work in a restaurant as an intern… And when this is over, I love to try a new restaurant with my friends or just have a long night with my girlfriends where we DON’T talk about cooking at all. But in a year my life will be completely different, as I’ll travel the world/learn world cooking techniques every hour of my day for 1 complete year :)

Who are your favourite food bloggers?

Pauline à la crème anglaise – who is a great and an old friend of mine and who is the reason why I started consider blogging. We met at school in 2005 in the improvisation (drama) team and it was the beginning of a long friend story

Who are your favourite non-food bloggers?

Ploum – I don’t know the guy but he blogs about the other part of my life (well “my entire” life until I started to go back to school 2 years ago and chose cooking as a new adventure), technologies, development, management, companies, society, changes etc. And one of his article, actually made me stop smoking (well the simple method from Allen Carr made me stop but Ploum’s article was the trigger to start the intellectual process… I owe him one https://ploum.net/10-conseils-pour-changer-le-monde/ )

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