As you all know, I lived most of my life in South Africa before embarking on a European adventure that is still an ongoing project. In today's feature, however, we meet somebody who did my journey in reverse, moving lock, stock and barrel from the Uk to South Africa – so I feel a special affinity with her! Cathy Marston grew up and studied in the UK, but after travelling in Southeast Asia and Australasia and a stint at Adnam's Wines, she decided to pack her bags for warmer and greener pastures and ended up in Cape Town. Previously the proprietor of The Nose restaurant and wine bar in Sea Point she now freelances in all things wine related and is the voice behind the Cathy Marston blog (and she is speaking on food and wine pairing at the Food & Wine Blogger Indaba this month!). Pull up a chair – here is her story.
1. Where are you – in South Africa or out in the wide world?
In South Africa but originally from Leeds in the UK.
2. How long have you been blogging?
Almost a year and a half now
3. What do you enjoy the most about food or wine blogging?
Rambling on about wonderful wines and delicious food. Oh – and eating and drinking a lot.
4. Any downsides or frustrations?
All my clothes have suspiciously shrunk……
5. What or who are your inspirations to cook, drink and write?
I enjoy reading about people who enjoy wine, not necessarily people who are up their own backside about it! So I like Simon Woods, Tim Atkin (sometimes), Jancis Robinson and here in SA, Neil Pendock and Emile Joubert (the Wine Goggle)
6. Where and when do you like to blog? Normally at home and in the mornings
7. What's your signature dish or favourite wine?
Don’t have one favourite wine – I change my preferences hourly! I tend to prefer unwooded white wines (except for Chenin which I prefer wooded) and I am definitely more of a Bordeaux girl than a Rhone-lover.
8. What other food or wine blogs do you read?
Loads – nearly all those mentioned above for starters!
9. Favourite restaurant?
La Colombe in Cape Town
10. For my last meal on this planet I would order…
The perfect Tarte Tatin with Thorntons toffee ice cream.