On the personal side, Holler is a trained artist who studied graphic design and printed textile design though she says that pursuit has been relegated to leisure time these days. She and her husband, Graham, have just celebrated one year of wedded bliss, are both vegetarians and enjoy holidays in Cyprus, Turkey and Gran Canaria.
The ‘foodie’ scene in her area is limited. There are about 14 supermarkets that she knows of, but specialty food stores are scarce and most folks are not as food-obsessed as Holler and her U.S. counterparts. She doesn’t get the Food Network or Top Chef, but she told me about a show called Come Dine With Me where 5 strangers are brought together to throw dinner parties for each other in their homes and at the end of the evening, the guests give the host’s food and hospitality a score. Sounds like a fun experience.
In addition, Holler co-hosts a blog event with Lisa from Lisa’s Kitchen called No Croutons Required which sponsors a soup and salad challenge. She says the last round-up called for soups or salads including fruit and there were some fabulous entries.
And ‘the verbatim’ in response to the rest of my questions:
What is the national dish of Scotland? Your area?
“Neeps and tatties [huh?], veggie Scotch eggs [looks delicious], Haggis, Cranachan, Clootie Dumpling [huh? huh? huh?], Scones, Oatcakes, Tablet and some of the most delicious cheeses such as Cheddar, Crowdie, Caboc, Strathdon Blue, Strathkinness and Bishop Kennedy.”
Do you have any suggestions for someone who is considering becoming a vegetarian?
Do you have suggestions for new bloggers?
“I would say to new bloggers, just have fun! Don’t worry about how little you feel you know, you will learn so much, so quickly, and most bloggers are happy to give a helping hand if you are stuck. Visit blogs you like, leave a thoughtful comment and you will soon have lots of new friends and be part of the most fantastic community.” [Amen!]
Have you ever been to the U.S.?
“No…I would like to go, but I don’t think I will be visiting soon unless I win the pools!”
To which I reply:
You certainly wouldn’t have to spend $$$ on meals. You’ve made so many foodie friends who I’m sure would be happy to host a dinner (vegetarian, of course) for you in your travels. You could start in South Florida!
Click here for Holler’s post about me and foodalogue.