Friday 29 June 2012

ABC Award

Thank you to Gem from Cupcake Crazy Gem who recently presented me with this ABC (Awesome Blog Content) award. For fun, you’ve got to give some random facts about yourself, one for every letter of the alphabet! So here's my 26 alphabet related facts about me! 

A – Apple & Spice. My blog. I started it during my uni days and never expected it to grow and still be going strong 5 years later. It’s great at pushing me to be creative and try new recipes and showing me the vast culinary world out there.

B – Backwards. My friends and family often describe myself as backwards as I don’t fit your typical stereotype. I’m not that interested in fashion and would sooner have a new baking tin than a new pair of shoes. When doing those fun personality tests, I’m often in the 2% who say something different to the norm or I’ll like foods no one else does. I like being a bit quirky though and it means I have ideas other people might not, which can be useful.

C – Coeliac. Since being diagnosed nearly two years ago, my diet and lifestyle has changed quite dramatically. However, I feel it’s an experience that’s made me stronger and only increased my interest in discovering new foods.

D – Desserts. Some of my favourite things to bake. I eat dessert every day, it doesn’t have to be extravagant – some stewed fruit and yoghurt can be just as enjoyable as a large slice of carrot cake.

E – Eating. I love trying new foods and flavours. Different cuisines, foods and cultures interest me so much. Every time I see something new I think ‘ohhh wonder what that tastes like.’ This very snazzy looking watermelon radish was a recent discovery while in America.

F – Fruit. I love all fruit (except kiwi which I’m allergic to) and often eat 5 portions a day, before even adding veg into the equation. I love summer and autumn when all the berries, plums, apples and pears come into season. There’s nothing like freshly picked fruit.

G – Grow Your Own. There is a special kind of enjoyment about eating something you have grown yourself. I currently have 4 different varieties of potato, 3 varieties of tomato, a strawberry plant and a dwarf pear tree all growing in pots on the patio. You don’t need grass to home grow.

H – Health. Our health is one of the most important things. As much as I love desserts and sweet things, I also make sure to include lots of wholegrains, fruits and veg to my diet. My uni course, being coeliac and vegetarian has only increased my awareness of how important our health is.

I – Ice Cream. One of the best I ever had was a hazelnut gelato in Italy when I was 16. Divine

J – Job. I’m currently job hunting. If anyone knows of a job where the skills of a coeliac, vegetarian, baking enthusiast, blog writer and all round foodie with a food and nutrition degree is required – let me know!

K – Kitkat. My childhood nickname. I’m not sure how it started as I didn’t eat a lot of kitkat biscuits. I think it’s just because it sounded good when spoken with my name ‘Kitkat Katie’

L – Lightning. There is something so awe-inspiring about watching a thunderstorm, patricianly at night. Powerful, slightly frightening and strangely beautiful at the same time.

M – Mum & Dad. They’ve given me such love and support and always been there to share my highs and lows. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.

N – Newquay. Lots of happy memories of family holidays spent here. Days on the beach, learning to body board in the sea and walks along the coast.

O – Onwards & Upwards! My motto for life. If things don’t turn out as you wanted, don’t dwell on the past, but look to the future. Equally if things are going well, don’t stop, keep going… Onwards…!

P – Peas! I love them, they are so versatile. Try eating them straight from the freezer on a hot day, they are like little balls of sorbet – delicious.

Q – Quiet. Everyone needs a bit of quiet time now and then.

RReading. I always have a book on the go and read a few pages every night. I’ve just started Fall of Giants by Ken Follett (one of my favourite authors) and at 850 pages it’s going to take a while.

S – Siblings. I have an older sister Caroline (Caz) and a younger brother Jonathan (JJ). We are all 4 years and 4 months apart, with me being the middle child. We are really close to each other, but I do remember suffering a bit from middle child syndrome when I was younger. Being jealous, as my brother got away with everything being the baby of the family, while my sister got to do everything first and I was stuck in the middle. It’s better now we’re older and have each become our own unique people.

T – Technology. I think we have too much of it. I like phones, computers and the internet but feel we are all connected to it too much now. Sometimes it’s good to keep our own thoughts to ourselves. I don’t have an i-phone, i-pod, Twitter or Facebook account for this reason.

UUSA. I’ve been twice, once to Chicago and once to Los Angeles. I loved it and can even picture myself living there for a year or two. I loved how their broad range of different foods and cuisines were so accessible. It made being a coeliac vegetarian quite easy. Plus they have specialist shops you just wouldn’t get here in the UK, like whole stores dedicated to popcorn – how cool!

V – Vegetarian. I’ve been vegetarian since I was 9, over 16 years! I’m the only one in my family who is, which also adds to me being ‘backwards’ in their eyes.

W – Walking. This is my favourite form of exercise. I love wandering off and exploring new areas, particularly in the countryside where each new hill or corner reveals something new. I find it so peaceful and it gives me time to think.

X – XXX. Indicating kisses at the end of a letter, always a nice thing to receive.

Y – Yogurt. I eat it nearly every day and prefer it to milk on my cereal. It must be natural and unsweetened, although I often add my own berries, cinnamon or even a little nutella to it.

Z – ZZzzzzz enough facts about me!

I now pass this award onto 5 of my favourite bloggers. You must link back to the person who gave you the award before passing it on:


Paloma said...

What a fun award! We got to learn more about you and your blog :)

Happy Friday!

Johanna GGG said...

Great set of answers. Sylvia loves frozen green peas - I do too but not with her passion! I feel the same as you about technology - sometimes think that is quite ironic considering I have a blog

Johanna GGG said...

oh and I meant to say thanks for passing on the award - I have already done it but I think I might look at it from a different angle

Katie said...

Hi Johanna,

Opps didn't realise you'd already done it - feel free to do it from a different angle if you like :)

Elle said...

Great listing Katie, and thanks for the award. It might take me a day or two to do the whole alphabet! I especially like the fact that you love to walk (I do, too) and love plain yogurt with your cereal...just what I had this morning, with a few fresh berries. Wish you could come to the US and visit Northern California...home to amazing foods...and me. We have a guest bedroom always ready...

Choclette said...

Great to read a bit more about you - I don't think I could live without quiet and walking - oh and interesting food of course! You're really inspiring with such an upbeat attitude, something I keep telling myself I need to have.

Thanks for the award to - I'm quite touched. I have already done the ABC though, I did it back in May I think.

As a fellow vegetarian, you might be interested in the vegetarian cookbook giveaway I'm running on my blog at the moment.

Unknown said...

Congrats on your award! :) This was a great way to get to know you. I too think people rely on the Internet too much and it won't kill you to not text while eating dinner (pet peeve of mine) and j love walking. Walking is great!

Caroline said...

Lovely to hear more about you! These kind of awards are always interesting for readers!

Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Nice to read this.
Hope you get your dream job. Your qualifications and interests should led to something truly fantastic!

I must try the frozen peas but not so sure about the yogurt and nutella!


The Caked Crusader said...

Aww thanks. Love your list -I shall get my thinking cap on!

Emily said...

Thank you for the award! Whoo hoo! Mmm I love Kit Kats!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

It's so interesting to get to know you better Katie!

Cupcake Crazy Gem said...

Great to find out more about you! I too have to have dessert every day without fail! What kind of baking bloggers would we be if we didn't?! hehe...and good luck with the job hunt, I never realised you had a degree in food and nutrition - how cool! that's what my sisters degree is and now she's head of NPD at English Cheesecake so I hope yours takes you somewhere just as exciting! Are you looking locally or in London too? Good luck with it...I too am job hunting at the moment just for the summer and it's not too fun! and you're the only veggie in your family, that can't be too fun. My sister is a veggie but not on principal, she just doesn't like the taste of most meat but she does eat hot dogs, tacos, Mcdonald's cheeseburgers! so we call her the fake veggie!