It's always interesting meeting somebody on the internet – some of my friends still think my body is going to be discovered in a ditch one day because of my obviously deranged habit of meeting people in this way! But it adds that extra layer of surrealness when you chat extensively to somebody on Twitter, and then realise that they are the very same person who writes a blog that you already know – when two social media worlds collide ;o) Or maybe this only happens to me?? Anyhoo, this was pretty much what happened with the lovely Ms Kamini of Deelishuss. I knew her by one name on Twitter but didn't connect her to Deelishuss blog until I read the fine print and saw that she was in fact the Deelishuss blogger. D'oh. To help you make the connection faster than I did, let's catch up with her for a little Q&A:
1. Where are you – in South Africa or out in the wide world?
I'm in Cape Town, South Africa. I was born and grew up in Durban, but have been here for 4 years and I love it!
2. How long have you been blogging?
Since August 2010. I've always been a huge foodie, but have finally decided to commit to a blog just recently.
3. What do you enjoy the most about food or wine blogging?
The way that irrespective of who you are and where you're from, food (and wine) has a way of uniting people in a truly sincere way.
4. Any downsides or frustrations?
I have had to increase my exercise regime.
5. What or who are your inspirations to cook, drink and write?
A few fellow foodies that I am in contact with inspire me to taste more, write better and live the way that I believe. Those people are Sam Woulidge and Andy Fenner (JamieWhoSA). Other people that I admire are Nigella Lawson and Joanne Harris who both have a way of writing about food in a way that is just simply beautiful!
6. Where and when do you like to blog?
These days, I try to post everyday, which means that I blog whenever I can. I often have draft copies floating my brain in almost all situations. But I officially blog at my desk in my apartment in Green Point. I like to think that I am a disciplined creative, besides which, I like to hear the words as I type them, which only happens with an amount of quiet.
7. What's your signature dish or favourite wine?
I like to experiment with a lot of different recipes, but I think my show stopper would be a Yoghurt Pannacotta with Rose Water Raspberries (by Bill Granger). I'm still bluffing my way through the wine list.
8. What other food or wine blogs/sites do you read?
9. Favourite restaurant?
Myoga at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town. I love their ode to the wing back chair!
10. For my last meal on this planet I would order…
A chicken curry and avo sandwich on toasted sour dough bread.