A Liebster Award – Woop!

Okay so first off, Anna is the best. Anna; thank you SO much for taking the thought to nominate me for a Liebster award – you are the best. Have I said that already? Perhaps I should say it again anyway…You are the best! (And this nomination made my week).  I was totally unprepared for this, but after a week-long dose of procrastination, I am finally ready to get the ball rolling and throw together some answers in gratitude. Thank you!


  1. What’s your best childhood memory?

Aaah! I have absolutely no idea. I am the worst at choosing between anything and everything. Most of my memories are in pictures anyway, like snippets of a collage or the senses of scenes; Christmas mornings, endless summers at The George Hotel by the sea, birthday cakes and candles, the smell of church, new year’s eve’s, Sundays spent with dad making crisp sandwich towers (yes, you read that right), Saturdays spent with mum when dad was at work, and lots of spaghetti on toast…That is not to mention every other day spent with my two crazy  baby brothers in crime (who can probably remember more than me). Can I substitute in all of these instead please?


  1. What’s something you regret, and how would you change it if you could?

Not liking peanut butter the first time I tried it and throwing the jar away in disgust. I was #12yearsyoung and utterly stupid. If I could go back in time and change this I would make the sandwich all over again and eat it anyway.

  1. What makes you smile?

Genuine smiles, happy people, terrible jokes, nice customers, sunrise, sunset, and watching new daddies dote on their daughters.

  1. What is the first thing that you do in the morning?

Break-the-fast!! No joke. I always wake up ravenous. I generally do try to distract myself from heading straight to the kitchen but the hunger signals win almost every time. Being an early riser (I’m talking 5am here) doesn’t combine well with dawn hunger and weird shift hours. Tea always has the right of way in the morning routine though; the kettle goes on first. FYI: Mornings without tea are not a thing, and should never attempt to be.

  1. Who is a hero in your life?

My dad: for 19 years of never complaining about the laundry and lifts; for never being ‘too tired’ for a bike ride, and for never being too ‘busy’ to rescue me from my homework crises. And mum: thank you for trusting me over and over again to use up all of the food you bought me in the fridge before it goes rotten (I never will). Thank you for letting us all drive you mad anywhere and everywhere and for forgiving us every time. Thank you for bringing us ice lollies in your handbag when you picked us up from school – even if they were melted because you were 30 minutes late. Thank you for cooking 5 different evening meals, and for teaching us not to waste money. You always have so much time for others.

  1. Do you prefer a home-cooked meal, or to go out to a restaurant?

This is tricky! We only really eat out as a family ‘for the food’ when the cuisine is Italian, Turkish, or Indian. We already know what we can or can’t make authentically, and so we either will or won’t bother to cook whatever it may be accordingly. For example, although my mum is part Indian, we rarely make our own curries, so we have a Nepalese run ‘local’, which even after 25 years = still a huge treat for us all; and the ambience of eating there is a major bonus on top of the food. However, I also love anywhere with big portions of simple, stodgy comfort food (Fish and chips anyone? Or how about a huge, juicy burger with skin on fries and mayo?!) When it comes to simple food, I eat out purely for the ambience. I love how you can move to a completely new environment to eat/celebrate in – someplace completely different to where you live/work/play every other day and enjoy comfort food with a friend. I also love how you can scour the city for a hundred different restaurants which all serve the same old thing in a different way. Dining out can be made magical by good service and decor – even if many times out of 10 the food could probably be better made at home. The point is being able to have a nice day out. My mum’s motto that we follow is: “Never pay for what you can have at home”…so I just never order spaghetti Bolognese or ice cream when out.

  1. What would be the first thing you would do if you won the lottery?

House hunt! Something huge, isolated and beach side with massive floor-ceiling windows + vast wood floors sounds about right. I’d set aside a decent chunk of it for charity too, and put it towards orphans in developing countries. The last thing I’d even think about buying would be cars…yawn. Coming to think about it, I’d probably buy a warehouse of peanut butter or something – set for life.

  1. What do you admire most about yourself?

Ummm. This is hard! I like how I can always encourage myself to be ‘work focused’ even when I have zero motivation. I’m kind of O.K. at setting goals and working towards them. I also quite like being a reflective person. I hate this question! I can feel all of my bad traits laughing away as I delve in for some positive ones…

  1. What is the most-watched movie/DVD in your collection?

Dear John! I don’t really watch many movies, but Dear John is definitely one of my most watched. However, my family has every season of Everybody Loves Raymond on DVD, so we watch that pretty much every day. Other than that, I still frequently sit down to watch the childhood favourites that I haven’t quite managed to grow out of yet…It Takes Two, Madeleine, The Parent Trap, Uncle Buck, Stuart Little, Enchanted, Ink heart…Again, I can’t choose between any of them!

10. What’s a nickname you’ve had or one that you would give yourself?

Moustache, Tasha-banana, Tim, Tish…They get old easily! Some of my friends used to call me the “time-keeper” because I always seem to reflect on the how fast or slow time has passed or what the future holds – It is habit!

11. What’s your favourite ice cream flavour?

Oh my god; VANILLA. I would do anything for Vanilla. In Italy, my aunty went slightly crazy when she bought us all ice cream and I decided to have a wild combo of *drumroll*… Vanilla, Cream, and Straciatella – despite being surrounded by more exotic flavours like Kinder, watermelon, mango, hazelnut, tiramisu and mint (to name a few!)…She just didn’t understand that I’d adore nothing more than 3 variations of beautiful old Vanilla :) (although pistachio is a close second!). As a flavour, vanilla is silky, rich, elegant and sophisticated… There is just something about the sheer essence of vanilla that makes me want to dedicate my life to it forever and ever. Vanilla can never be *too sweet* in the same way that the fruit + chocolate flavours can be. Vanilla is creamy and luxurious…. Chocolate ice cream has never appealed to me – it doesn’t even taste like chocolate?! And I hate the colouring of strawberry and raspberry ice creams.

P.S. I’m not even a fussy eater; I just defend Vanilla. Always…

Provide 11 random facts about yourself.

  1. I’m incredibly indecisive. Give me a decision, and I won’t make it.
  2. I am terrible at writing essays. I literally cannot organize my thoughts or prioritize what needs to be said, so I try way too hard and wind up writing out everything. Needles to say, essays that I write turn out terribly, my language is a mess, and I come across as being downright confused. This isn’t so great, given that I am only ¼ through university. I don’t seem to have the same problem when I write about things that I genuinely enjoy though…
  3. I generally trip over my own feet at least 3 times a day. Skills.
  4. I am a major procrastinator. I think that this stems from perfectionism…I want to do things perfectly…so I wait for the perfect moment (which we all know never comes around) …and by the time I realize this it’s too late to have any motivation and so I wind up dreading having to do the task ahead according to my own high standards…It is an addictive way of life.
  5. I love country music.
  6. I didn’t like cheese until I was like, 17. You heard right. Until I was 17 I hated cheese. Cheese-less pizzas were a thing. Cheese on toast never happened, and cheese with crackers seemed gross. Times have definitely changed.
  7. I am a self diagnosed misophoniac. Misophonia is basically a psychological condition where certain sounds will drive one mad. Although these sounds are just regular, non-bothersome background noise to anyone else…they will aggravate the misophoniac to create tension, anxiety, stress and bubbling anger. E.G. If someone slams a door, or a ‘noisy’ car drives past me, I get seriously annoyed and would literally give anything to hurl a huge hammer towards the source of the sound – hard. It feels as if the sound is on loudspeaker, violently tearing through my whole body and making me shake and causing my head to spin. This is unfortunate since, in London of all places, it is literally impossible to take a peaceful walk anywhere – you simply cannot escape the rough growls of badly maintained cars, super-loud buses and those horrible, horrible motorbikes… Drama queen? Maybe. Miso-phoniac? Definitely. Gah.
  8. I can’t sing. The end.
  9. I want to live in Australia! The weather, the beautiful houses, the beaches, the people, the food, and the accents…yes please!
  10. I live in a bubble of organized chaos. I purposely misplace bits and bobs to places where I want them to be. My workstations + handbags are complex universes with laws of their own. I totally tend to shortcut my way to organization. My mother calls this scatty; I call it organized chaos.
  11. I classify myself as a firm ‘introverted extrovert’ (think about it for a bit). This is definitely a thing, too. (Read “The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking)!

And now…it’s MY turn! I nominate:

  1. Alex| http://www.kenzielife.com/
  2. Molly| http://yestoyolks.com/
  3. Rachel| http://www.bakerita.com/
  4. Erica| http://www.cannellavita.com/
  5. Leigha| http://theyoopergirl.com/
  6. Tash| http://www.tashlovesfood.com/
  7. Kacie| http://www.withlovekacie.com/
  8. Ash| http://www.kickashmom.com/
  9. Kim| http://lovintheoven.com/
  10. Tash| http://www.theperfectionist.co.uk/
  11. Tania| http://www.joyfelicityjane.com/

 Here are your questions!

  1. What qualities do you love most about your best friend?
  2. What’s your opinion on meat consumption?
  3. What is the kindest gesture that someone could ever do for you?
  4. What was the worst birthday that you ever had?
  5. What would you say are your worst traits?
  6. What is your favourite song right now?
  7. What was something that you always used to wish for when you were younger?
  8. What would you name your first (or next) child?
  9. Have you ever done something that you instantly regretted? What was it?
  10. If you only had one week to choose + take a vacation, but an unlimited supply of cash (starting from tomorrow) – where would you go and who would you take?

Go, Go!!

It’s taken me so long to actually stop procrastinating from writing this, but I promise that I have a whole big bunch of new recipes up my sleeve for the next few days. I can’t wait to put them up and bare a million and one new delicious food photos to the world!

Have a great weekend! And Anna…thanks again! :)

Tash <3

Liebster Awards are a fun way to get to know other bloggers and discover some new regular reads!

Here are the rules…
1. You must link back to the person who nominated you
2. You must answer the questions given to you
3. You must pick other bloggers to be nominated for the award
4. You must create ten questions for your nominees
5. You must let the nominees know that they’ve been nominated.

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  • http://www.kenzielife.com Alex @ Kenzie Life

    It was so fun getting to know you more, Tash! I studied abroad in Australia in high school and I would love to move back someday (probably not permanently but I could definitely live there for a few years!) I miss the lifestyle there so much!mand thank you for nominating me, that’s very sweet of you <3

  • http://www.kenzielife.com Alex @ Kenzie Life

    Sorry for the typo on my comment–I’m typing from my iPad while out of town and apparently it’s a challenge for me 😉

  • http://philosophyandcake.blogspot.com Baby June

    Great answers! I have misophonia too, and though I sharing food I can’t stand to hear people eat, or sneeze, or snore, or make noises. No one understands! #thestruggle 😛

    Anyway congrats on the award! :)

  • http://evaetsandra.com Eva

    Congrats for the awards !!

  • http://onepricklypear.com Anna | One Prickly Pear

    Oh, stop it, Tash! *blush, blush*. Thank you for your sweet words. Really appreciate them :)
    By the way, your mom & dad sound like awesome people and if you ever do win the lottery and get a warehouse of peanut butter, can I please have a few hundred jars? Pretty please? Love peanut butter! 😉