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Le Menu de Catherine has been nominated for The Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award!

This award is given to bloggers, by bloggers, and recognises the unique voices of women bloggers around the world. This nomination is very humbling for this reason, especially when the person who nominated this blog is someone like Melissa at ‘The Creative Fox Den’, whose three passions are cooking, home décor and films; her blog is approachable yet inspiring and one which I love reading.

As a recipient I will answer the 10 questions Melissa has given me, nominate 8 other blogs for this award, and ask of them 10 new questions, all in the name of spreading the word of enlivening and unique blogs!:

1. What’s your favourite movie?

The soundtrack is the music I grew up on therefore it kicks ass, I watched it for the first time at just the right age, it’s beautifully filmed, the characters are flawed, the casting is great, the women are individual, it’s hilarious, Philip Seymour Hoffman is in it, Frances McDormand is in it, everyone goes through their own version of really crappy times but they all come out the other side and I haven’t seen a film since which takes me on the same journey since, so that’s why my favourite film is ‘Almost Famous’.

‘High Fidelity’ is also up there.

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2. What’s the last thing you read?

I just finished reading ‘Norwegian Wood’ by Mirakami. My sister gave it to me for my birthday last year. She also gave me ‘Glamorama’ by Bret Eaton Ellis which I started reading but stopped halfway through because it was getting too heavy for my mind-set at the time and I was getting really angry and worried about the main character. So, I started ‘Norwegian Wood’ instead, which was also heavy, but a very emotionally driven and story in completely different way, and very caringly written I would highly recommend it. I’ve been told to not bother with the film version.

3. What’s your favourite post that you’ve written?

I really liked writingParis is Always a Good Idea because even though this city and I don’t always get along, it’s the best decision I ever made and it’s important for me to let you know what brought me here. Amongst the food, the markets, the recipes, there’s a lot of life in the centre of it and there’s no reason why I wouldn’t share that side with you too. Trust, innit.

4. What’s your favourite food to make? To eat? (In my world, these are two completely different things)

Hellz yes. Favourite food to cook: annoyingly vague and I promise that this isn’t a cop-out, but anything new, big or small, that I haven’t cooked before, that’s a little out of my comfort zone, can really get swept up in the process of making while still putting my additions or alternatives in, and it turns out to look like it’s supposed to and taste yummy.

Favourite food to eat: The last time I did this was aaaages ago, I had an evening alone gave myself the best night in, had a bubble bath, did a face mask, lit a few candles the whole shebang, watched ‘The Way Way Back’ while having the leftovers of my red lentil and chorizo soup for dinner before melting very dark chocolate into which I dipped strawberries and pears. It was great. So in short, my favourite thing to eat is dark chocolate with strawberries and pears.

5. If you could host a dinner party for five people (fictional or nonfictional, dead or alive) who would they be?

Tori Amos, Joni Mitchell, Ian McKellen, George Harrison, Hermione Granger (R2D2 and C3P0 would be the barmen and Khal Drogo would be the Maitre D’).

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6. What would you serve at this dinner party?

It would depend on the season but as we’re moving into spring and summer we’ll go with this:

For starter – Millefeuille d’aubergine with parmesan and rocket (our local restaurant does this as a starter and it’s ruddy amazing).

For the main – Coq au Vin

Aint no dinner party without a cheese course: A cheese plate of mancego, bleu de causses, tom de berry à la truffe, goats cheese, and extra mature cheddar.

For dessert: cocoa sorbet served with mini blood orange crumbles.

7. If you were stuck in a movie (think Last Action Hero) which movie would it be?

I’d be Merry from ‘The Lord of the Rings’. My friend Alice and I decided from a very young age that she and I were in fact, Merry and Pippin. I don’t possess all of Merry’s qualities and attributes like looking good in a waistcoat, having the Shire as ma endz, ‘knowing’ how to fight, having everyone laugh at my jokes, but I aspire to be more like him, is very loyal, albeit is a little slow on the uptake, but he’s determined, curious, at times surprising, knows how to blow off steam and a friend of nature. Also I’m pretty short.

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8. What’s your favourite room in your home?

We haven’t moved into our new home yet so I’m pretty stoked about all of it, but especially the kitchen as because y’know, it’s me, it’s light, the cooker and everything is pretty new, and it has a little balcony right next to it where I shall grow herbs. So definitely the kitchen.

9. What are you most proud of?

I’m changing this to ‘Who’ if that’s ok:  My mum and my sisters.

10. Name something that always makes you unabashedly happy.

Loums, and my friends.

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My questions :

1. What would be the first song in the film about your life?
2. If you could travel anywhere on your own, where money was not an object and safety would be guaranteed, where would you go?
3. ‘Desert Island Discs’ Calling. If you were left stranded on a desert island, what would be the 8 music tracks you would keep with you?
4. What would be the most important lesson you would like to teach to others?
5. What is your favourite cuisine and why?
6. What it the most important aspect of food?
7. What is the one message that you would like readers to take away with them from your blog?
8. What makes you feel empowered?
9. One food combination you love which other people don’t always get (eg. peanut butter and marmite…).
10. What is the best lesson you’ve learned from blogging?

My nominees:

Meals with Mel

Eco-Boost 

Two Little Pigs

Peeled

Permacooking

My Eco 20s

Foods and Moods

Stick A Fork In Me, I’m Dunne

Thank you once again, Melissa!

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