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July 9, 2013 / mintcustard

Food blogger connect – time to think and move on.

It has been a hectic year. In my non food role of wife and Mother, my OH has been giving his time over to being  District Governor of Rotary District 1140. He threw himself into the job whole hearted, so I became both parents for a while to our two teens. Not that I mind at all, if it wasn’t for Rotary and their End Polio Now campaign many parents wouldn’t have their children to hug, chide, love and scold as I have. Polio would have changed family life for them forever.  It has meant however that I wasn’t really able to plan too far ahead as although the Rotary year is over, “stuff” still has to be done and events attended.

FBC bag

Which is how I came to attend Food Blogger Connect as a volunteer. Too late to buy a ticket but not so old that I can’t help shift things or point people in the right direction both inside and outside the venue. Battersea Arts Centre is such a hidden gem. Now I know it is there I will be venturing inside far more often.   Sadly my hands were often engaged in filling goodie bags, one was heavy, try shifting 150 of the blighters! So using a camera was often forgotten about. When I did stop I spent time chatting to friends old and new. FBC5 was such a lovely opportunity to catch up with online buddies and make some new ones into the bargain.

Not only did I make new blog discoveries but food ones too. Moose Maple Butter was so magnificent and utterly addictive it seemed to be every food blogger attending’s  culinary crack of choice. Little tiny sun dried tomatoes from Seggiano. Karen Burns Booth from Lavender and Lovage and I struggled to work out the elusive flavour seasoning them, until we realised it was Italian sunshine! Blissful. Gin and tonic popcorn from Joe and Seph made me smile every time I passed the glass jar it rested in. I have also come away from the conference needing Chobani UK to set up a stall on my driveway so I can indulge my need for their thick and creamy yoghurt topped with fresh mango, strawberries and a little squeeze of honey any time I fancy. Does anyone else feel the same?

chobani parfait

One lovely result of a no show by a speaker was that a number of us who had written books were able to share experiences with other delegates. The stories behind the writing were inspiring and sometimes so personal it felt a privilege to be allowed to share them. If you heard me speak and want to find out a little more about my journey then I’ve detailed it here.

Hot off the press.

Hot off the press.

I didn’t get to too many speakers as I was busy helping out or chatting and catching up but that hasn’t prevented me from making a decision that may affect me over the next few months greatly. I am going to invest much more time into Mintcustard, not to monetise it or market myself but to truly enjoy sharing in the fun of the online bloggers community. It would be wonderful if you would pop by from time to time. I’ll certainly be travelling to your blogs too.

chobani eggs

Here’s to next year. I’m saving up and hoping I don’t have a clash of dates for FBC6. Thanks to Bethany Kehdy and her team for putting together this event. Bethany has a wonderful book, The Jewelled Kitchen which was launched at FBC5. It is well worth a look.



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  1. Helen (@diarycakemaker) / Jul 9 2013 4:49 pm

    Was great to meet you at the weekend and I really enjoyed hearing about your books. Good summary of the weekend too! Hels x

    • mintcustard / Jul 9 2013 4:53 pm

      Thanks, lovely to meet you too. We must all try and keep meeting virtually. I’m off over to your blog now for a proper look around.

  2. hungrylarder / Jul 9 2013 5:29 pm

    Your talk was so inspirational, and I love the movie dinners book! No, you’re not alone on maple butter or on Chobani. Looking forward to seeing Mintcustard grow this year. Good to meet you at FBC. Renata

    • mintcustard / Jul 9 2013 6:47 pm

      Thank you Renata, I really hope I can make Mintcustard reflect me and the chaos that surrounds me! I’m glad you like my little talk. Tried to pass on what I discovered in the short time I had so that others don’t have to flounder about trying to get started for themselves. I’m making your banana ice cream btw!

  3. Sally / Jul 9 2013 6:40 pm

    I enjoyed your talk immensely – very inspiring. Also feel inspired to dive back into my blog with a renewed sense of being true to myself – so glad your resolution is to spend time for enjoyment. It’s easy to get carried away with all the other stuff isn’t it?

    • mintcustard / Jul 9 2013 6:50 pm

      Thank you Sally, it is easy to use the blog as a vehicle to drive other causes. I’m just here to share my recipes and enjoy myself. If that means I also get to connect to others in the process I’ll be satisfied.

  4. Karen / Jul 9 2013 7:09 pm

    It was wonderful to see you again Becky and I loved your talk too….never mind stuffing those bags, I had to try to fit it it all in my bag to take back to France! 🙂 I cant wait to cook from your new book, Love your write up here, Karen

    • mintcustard / Jul 9 2013 7:12 pm

      Getting it back to Clapham Junction station nearly killed me so I shudder to think what it took to get it across the Channel! Have fun cooking from NWMP. Thank you, I’m glad what I had to say resonated with my fellow bloggers.

  5. Foodie Laura / Jul 9 2013 7:54 pm

    I’m with you on the Chobani, I want a little fridge full for under my desk. It was good to meet you too 🙂

    • mintcustard / Jul 9 2013 8:50 pm

      Aaha, love the fridge idea. Was great to meet you too.

  6. nazima / Jul 10 2013 10:59 am

    Lovely write up. I enjoyed your talk and look forward to seeing what you come up with next!

  7. Chobani / Jul 10 2013 2:30 pm

    Hi Becky, it was lovely to meet you on the weekend at FBC! We’re so pleased you enjoyed what we served up, and are not-so-secretly very happy that we may have sparked a little Chobani love with you. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Christine

  8. Zoe / Jul 10 2013 6:05 pm

    Know where you’re coming from Becky. FBC shared a lot, some advice can be brought in to use, while other advice will have to wait. But what I most appreciate is the connecting, so it is aptly named! I’ll be getting more up to speed too and getting my email following and RSS sorted out and will look forward to seeing where you take things (will also update those Harry Potter posts to reference your school dinners book, silly I didn’t do it before. Hey could do the same for another recent one on the film Grease and a pop-up diner).

    • Emma / Jul 11 2013 10:44 pm


  9. Louise Marston / Jul 10 2013 10:33 pm

    Hi Becky,
    I really enjoyed that session about people’s books, and all the different stories of how they came to be written. I found your talk especially inspiring. Good luck with the blogging,and. I’m looking forward to seeing what come of it.

  10. Farrah / Jul 17 2013 4:42 pm

    Thank you for the mention Becky – I love the piece – you make the conference come alive again!

  11. Urvashi Roe / Aug 1 2013 8:09 pm

    Lovely to meet you and hear about the inspiration behind your books.


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