Monday, 6 July 2009

My First Award!!!

Gorgeous and talented Rebecca at Chow and Chatter has given me my very first award! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
She's a fellow Brit living in the States and a personal trainer, writer and Dietitian. To have someone who knows so much about about food appreciating my blog is quite something and I highly recommend you have a look at her gorgeous recipes!
Her Watermelon Smoothie looks to die for, so refreshing!
Have a look here!
The rules are as follows:

1.Thank the person who has given you the award-goes without saying lol
2.Copy the logo and place it on your blog
3.Link to the person who has nominated you for the award
4.Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting
5.Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers
6.Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate
7.Leave a comment on which of the blogs to let them know they have been nominated

So, about me:

1. I Live in the North of England but I'm originally from the South-Still trying to adjust after 4 years lol
2. I finished University with a degree in English and decided to go travelling.
3. I lived and worked as an English Teacher in France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal. An experience that taught me so much about life, people, culture lol
Ironically enough, I could only withstand Portugal for 6 months although I go there on Holiday regularly lol
I would retire to Spain tomorrow if I could, though!
4. I acquired a stray kitten a few months ago. Well she acquired me- just showed up at my door. Unbeknown to me-I thought she was too young-She fell pregnant a few weeks later.
She had a litter of three and I could only bear to give one away-I know, Im too soft!-so I am now the owner of a cat and two beautiful kittens!
5. I live on my own with said cats and my gorgeous 6 year old son called Alex!
6. This is relevant because Alex is not a big eater so most of my food experiments tend to be tried and tested on friends and neighbours!
7. My dream is to own a small holding, grow my own veg and herbs, make my own cheese and bread and run around trying to feed the chickens!

And now the nominations:

1- A little bit of Spain in Iowa- Diana is an excellent cook. She combines her traditional Mexican and Spanish flavours to create awesome recipes. She also grows her own vegetables and chases around chickens lol which I love to read about!
2-Food and Travel-I just love reading this blog! The great combo of a travel journal and food! Could you ask for more?
3-Freestyle Cookery-Mike is a guy who knows quite a lot about food! I always look forward to his posts and have learned a lot from them.
4- My tasty treasures-A very popular Blog and rightly so! Donna makes addictive eating and reading lol
5-Nora the Kitchen'Splorer-I love this Blog, very funny and very tasty too!
6- Rico Cafe Bistro- Boy, I'm so glad to have found this blog! I have learned so much about cooking and Portuguese food from this guy. Precious!
7- Oyster Food and Culture-I'm addicted to this Blog, so many interesting articles on Food, wine and culture! A must read!

Just wish I could have nominated more! I have over 50 on my dashboard that I follow regularly! Brilliant Stuff! Foodbuzz is without a doubt the best place to find good quality recipes and excellent foodies!

I thought I would also take the opportunity to mention a Website here. I couldn't nominate it as it's not a blog but so worth checking!

It's called Rouxbe.
It has amazing recipes but most of all a cooking school. Here you can watch videos that take you through professional step by step cooking techniques.
I signed up and am following the lessons! I am in awe with it because I am learning things I hadn't even imagined I could make!
The great thing about it too, is the fact you can learn from your own home, for free. You can experiment and post your own recipes!
Brilliant stuff! Hope you give it a go! :)


  1. congrats on your award, u have a great blog :)

  2. Oh my gosh Ruth! Thank you!! I'm way too excited!!


  3. Desperate Housewife-Many thanks. Hope you keep posting on yours too! Missing it!

    Diana- Your Blog was the first that came to mind too :)

  4. Congrats on the award! I hope your dreams come true - such a pretty picture - running around trying to feed the chickens!

  5. Hi Ruth - wow! congrats on such a wonderful, well deserved award. I've enjoyed reading your blog from day one and have forwarded several of the posts to family and friends - you had one post on grilled sardines that was a huge hit as the folks I forwarded it to just got back from a pilgrimage in Portugal and when I asked them about the trip all they could talk about was the sardines!

    Thank you so much for the award - I'm honored that you like my blog. Wow, now I just have to keep up with the ideas that keep you interested in coming back =)

  6. LOL @Oysterculture. Seriously though, you should publish them! Makes really avid reading! Feel privileged you've shared my sardines! Makes the award all the more worth it! :)

    Gorgeous Blog My little Space!

  7. great to get to know you better, and you have a lucky little boy I bet your a fab mum LOL

  8. Congratulations from Montecito!! best, s

  9. Aaw, Ruth, thank you so much for my nomination! And congrats on yours of course! Very well deserved.
    I was very interested to see you were an English teacher as I was too until about a year ago. I always found TEFL teachers were often quite into their food! :D

  10. LOL at Nora, is that a fact. Yes I am a TEFl teacher, still. Must explain it! Were you TEFL too?

  11. And that IS so nice of You Rebecca! Wish he thought the same lol. Thank you S. Stockwell! :)

  12. Congratulations! You deserve it!

  13. congrats for your first award. I got the same award and I'm first time visitor on you blog. have a nice day...

  14. Oh My Goodness. Ruth, thank you so very much for thinking of me and for this award. I am so honored:)

  15. ConGRATS..I always look forward to reading your posts!!!Figtreeapps

  16. Congrats for your Award and wish you many more to come. How sweet of you to think about feeding chickens:) I hope your kittys are doing great.

  17. I am flattered, dunno if I deserve it but I sure am very happy to have been chosen to be mentioned. But I must say too this blog is a great source of inspiration for me.
    Cheers :) xxx

  18. Wow Ruth! I had no idea you were following my blog or that you liked it. I feel so honored and flattered by your comments and nomination. You also have a lovely blog...which makes me hungry!