Thanksgiving is upon us as I'm sure you are well aware. (If you live in the United States, that is. For my friends around the world, keep reading anyway. This isn't just about that.)
I feel like I'm digressing already. Let's get back on track. The point is we have gratitude and food on our minds, so this interview is perfectly timed. I'm kind of excited about it. (Okay, really excited about it.)
Today's guest is Suzie Ridler, also known as Suzie the Foodie. She's kind of awesome. And there's a recipe at the end in case you're looking for a yummy dessert for tomorrow's feast. (Told you... awesome.)
What have you been wonderstruck by recently?
I have been wonderstruck by my recently weird obsession with all things foodie retro. Dishes, cookbooks, kitchen artwork complete with mushrooms and lots of orange. It shocks me because in the 70s all those things drove me crazy! Now I see the innocence and charm of the time period and it makes me feel at home. I am also obsessed with adding colour to my kitchen which used to be just glass, wood and stainless steel. I am realizing that as a foodie, individuality is important to me. Not just when it comes to the food but with the presentation. It is not quite there on my blog yet but I am getting there.
What part of your day are you grateful for?
I am so grateful for the afternoon after my blogging and daily walk when I get to have fun in my kitchen. It is usually the best time for taking photographs and I never know what I am going to do. Hence lots of "kitchen adventures" (AKA realizing you do not have an ingredient halfway through the process) brew up in the afternoons but that is part of my story with food.
What part of your day is tough? How do you move through it?
When 4 pm hits, my energy absolutely crashes. I have fibromyalgia and that is when I usually hit the couch until dinner time. Lately I have been trying to avoid the couch at that time of day and make sure I am anywhere where I can not lie down and see how I feel. If I really need the rest, I will rest. But if I feel OK, maybe I can shoot a kitchen video.
What do you wish your were more conscious of?
In some ways I really wish I was more conscious of a focus when it comes to food. I honestly have no idea what I am going to do in my kitchen each day until I am in there and then I just follow the energy. As a result, my food writing and photography are completely random but sometimes I wonder if it would be smarter to target a particular foodie project. When I do though, I get hopelessly depressed. I seem to thrive on freedom so no focus yet and it has been over five years of food blogging!
How do you stay focused on what is truly important to you?
I love learning and sharing but I think what is truly important to me is to share my story and truth. If a recipe was hard and frustrating, I tell the story. I want to entertain, inspire and include others in what is going on in my kitchen and life. It is not always positive but it is always true. There is no energy in lies and just writing a recipe bores the hell out of me.
It's me, Sherri, jumping in here. Check this out. It's our first interview that came with a recipe: White Chocolate Pumpkin Snickerdoodles. You know, in case you're still working on your menu for tomorrow. (Or if you thought you were finished until you saw that.) Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
About Suzie Ridler:
Suzie Ridler is known as Suzie the Foodie and has been having foodie adventures in her kitchen for over five years. She is a writer, photographer, product reviewer and rebel.
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