Being a Mackerel (a shiny-scaled Mackerel but a Mackerel nonetheless) in Blog Ocean, means that there is still a lot I’ve yet to find out, and am frequently told about or shown aspects of this world which tell me that I still have a bit of a way to go. Happily, everything I’ve learned so far has been 100% positive.

This is where mealswithmel comes in. Mel nominated me for two awards which before she did so, I was completely ignorant of their existence. The awards which she nominated me for are:

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award


The Versatile Blogger Award


Mel is a fellow lover of all things food related, but like me, she’s more of a cooker than a baker. Based in Texas but with her foodie mind in the South of France, the food she prepares always has a great tasty twist of originality to them whilst keeping them simple, as well as cooking according to her surroundings and travels. A blog I always enjoy reading.

At first I must admit the Pessimistic British cynical side of my brain was going ‘you’re only just starting out, one of many, a small fish in a vast ocean, what does it all mean’, then the rational, Happy British optimistic side of my brain and said ‘awesome, someone has liked something you’ve written and wants to give you some recognition for it, this actually is very cool’. Thank you very much for nominating me me, Mel, you star.

So, in the aim of doing my award justice, here are a few facts about me:

1. I used to live on a bright blue and white fishing boat called ‘Harold John’.

2. I had shingles when I was 10 (also during the hottest summer England had in years) and it looked like the Grand Canyon had shrunk and stuck to my back, going from my vertebrae, and round the right side of my back to my chest. My friends thought it was cool and wanted to touch it. Luckily the worst of it was on the one place on your back you can’t scratch, so now all that’s left is a teeny scar the size of my top little finger knuckle.

3. My favourite video game is ‘Beyond Good and Evil’, and for my birthday one year, my older sister gave me its soundtrack, along with the soundtrack to ‘Final Fantasy X’, both of which quickly became frontrunners my study music playlists, and are now my general writing music.


4. I used to play the violin, but I sucked so bad my teacher recommended I stop.

5. Growing up, whenever we had a car journey to take, we listened to a cassette tape my mum made from all of the 45 singles she bought whilst growing up, ‘The Compilation of 45s’ and it subsequently helped to shape our incredible taste in music. We have its track listings forever imprinted on our brains, I won’t tell you the whole lot because it’s very special to us, but I will tell you Track 1, Side 1: ‘Bad Moon Rising’ by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

6. I have a figurine of George Harrisson and the Blue Meanie sat at home next to a framed cross-stich of the quote ‘You Is Kind. You Is Smart. You Is Important’.

7. Last year I won a red Bobbin bike with whom I immediately fell in love and named Ruby, and she’s a babe.


I would like to nominate the following blogs for both of these awards due to their intelligence and how insightful they are, how much I enjoy reading them over a mug of coffee, or mouthwatering and original recipes: