Our 40th “Follow them Friday” features Tine at Home blogging in English.
When did you start blogging?
I first started blogging about food, music and movies in 2011. I was a film studies student at the time so it was easy to write blog posts frequently but once I graduated it became too hard to keep it up combined with my job so I renamed my blog Dinner and a Movie and only wrote movie reviews and recipes. On January 1st 2014 I decided to start from scratch and only focus on food and I designed a completely new blog where I would blog more frequently than I did before and spend more time & thoughts into taking better photos of my food as well.
How did you decide on the name of your blog?
Picking a name for my blog was definitely the hardest part for me and it took months of brainstorming and post-its with ideas all over my walls before I decided to go with Tine at Home. I came up with the craziest names and ideas when I finally decided that less is more that I’d just go for what it is exactly: recipes for a lovely meal at home, created in my own tiny home & kitchen in Antwerp.
Do you prefer eating in or eating out?
Now that’s a tough question! Whenever I go out for food I usually become very inspired by whatever I order or see on the menu so I do enjoy eating out on occasion for that reason but there is also nothing I like more than spending hours in my kitchen trying out new recipes and flavor combinations.
What is your favourite dish to share?
I always get really excited when I share movie recipes on my blog, cause that way I can share my love for film as well as my love for food. I always have a little notepad ready whenever I watch a movie and whenever they are either eating something or actually cooking something I write it down straight away. The best movies are food movies like ‘Julie & Julia’ or ‘Eat Pray Love’ but I also got really inspired by the dragon carrot risotto from ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, which was an amazing movie as well.
What is your favourite comfort food?
I’m going to have to go with wraps with homemade meatballs, cheddar, arrabiata sauce, corn and red bell pepper and then for dessert just lots and lots of chocolate.
What is your favourite dessert?
Moeulleux au chocolat, no doubt about it! I even remember the first time I ever ate it. I was on a holiday with my dad’s entire family in France in 2008 and we were having dinner in a small restaurant in a town called Tours when we had to decide what to have for dessert. A couple of my cousins recommended that I’d try some moeulleux au chocolat, which was something I had never heard of before but since we all like chocolate a lot I figured I’d go along with their suggestion and I was sold immediately after tasting it! And the best part about is that it’s such an easy recipe with very basic ingredients I always have in my kitchen so I can make this whenever I want without having to run down to the store first.
How do you like your eggs in the morning?
Sunny side up! And preferably as part of an Irish breakfast on a Sunday morning.
Was there a particular dish that got you into cooking?
Truth be told it was more a person that got me into cooking. I used to watch Jamie Oliver on TV and his enthusiasm for cooking persuaded me to give it a go too but there was one particular dish that I tried first and because it worked out so well I kept on trying more and more recipes. The recipe is called ‘chicken macaroni casserole’ and it’s a real good family dinner recipe, with chicken, bacon, carrots, zucchini, tomato soup and sour cream.
What has been your biggest recipe failure?
Oh there have been many failures! I’d say the biggest one was a chocolate cake that I once tried to make. I followed the recipe from a cookbook exactly but it just turned out horribly. The batter wouldn’t bake, the cake collapsed in the middle and it didn’t even taste good, what a disaster.
What is your earliest food memory?
One of the earliest ones would have to be Sunday pancakes with my family. We used to go for a swim in our local pool on Sunday and after we got home my mom & dad would make some pancakes for me and my siblings, in all kinds of shapes and sizes, including the letters of our names.
What are the three things you always have in your freezer?
Dumpling sheets from my favorite Chinese shop, small puff pastry squares and last but not least ice cubes, which is probably something most food bloggers have in their freezer.
How do you spend your time when you’re not blogging?
What most people don’t know is that blogging does take up quite a lot of time, first you have to create a recipe, cook it, plate it, set it up for a photoshoot, do a shoot, edit & select your photos, write your post and then share it on all kinds of social media. So I do spend a lot of time on my blog but if I’m not blogging I’ll either be looking for a job, cooking, watching a movie or reading food magazines, coming up with new recipes or spending time with family and friends.