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And the Liebster award goes to…

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A couple of weeks ago, as people around the world put on Oscars parties, I was thinking about another award: the Liebster Award, given to me by Experienced Tutors – thanks!!

I read about the origins of the Award summarised by Experienced Tutors. Turns out, no one can find the first person who gave out this award. Another lost piece of internet history… Interestingly, the original Liebster asked sets of 5 questions. Now it’s 11 questions.

Part 1: the rules

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog and link back to the blogger who presented this award to you.

2. Answer the questions from the nominator, list 11 random facts about yourself and create 11 questions for your nominees.

3. Present the Liebster Blog Award to 11 blogs with fewer than 200 followers who you feel deserve to be noticed and leave a comment on their blog letting them know they have been chosen.

4. Copy and Paste the blog award on your blog. (erm, can someone tell me how to do this??)

Part 2: the answers 

Questions from Experienced Tutors – all about blogging

i.        What do you think WordPress should do about cyberstalkers on their site when they receive a complaint?

My first instinct is to say that WP should try to block the stalker from viewing their victim’s blog, but, I imagine it would be difficult to block out someone who isn’t (logged in as) a WP member. There is nothing to stop the stalker from logging on from another computer, another wifi connection or a VPN?

ii.       Do you think we should be able to block individuals from looking at our blog?

See above. I would like to think we can, but technology may not work like that, yet.

iii.      If someone follows your blog do you think it good manners to follow theirs and do so?

At the very least, I visit their blogs regularly. But I try to keep the number of blogs I follow at less than 30. Once you have ticked off David Lebovitz, Smitten Kitchen, etc, this doesn’t leave room for many. But I’m discovering excellent blogs all the time, and can see myself breaking the “30 blogs” rule soon.

v.      Were you pleased or annoyed to receive this award?

Hahaha! I was surprised. I was also a little amused at the “chain letter” nature of the award. But, as Experienced Tutors said, it’s good to make someone happy, so here I am passing it on..

v.       Have you ever blogged with any site other than WordPress?

Nop. First time blogger and only with WP. I thought about Blogger, but didn’t want Mr Google to know everything about me.

vi.      If so, what was your experience?

n/a (I’ve read that WP allows more customisation than Blogger. Not that I’m technologically savvy enough to customise anything, but the illusion of choice is nice)

vii.     Approximately what percentage of posts do you read from blogs you are following?

I read almost all of them. It’s why I follow them. I also browse Freshly Pressed to get out of the food blogging bubble.

viii.    Approximately how long do you spend blogging each day?

It varies. When work gets busy, there is no blogging. On average, less than an hour of writing, maybe 2 hours if you count the time spent baking/cooking, taking photos, and all that.

ix.      How many blogs are you following?

I just counted – 30!

x.       Which is the favourite blog you are following? Don’t say this one just because it’s given you an award. . .(lol)

I have food-related favourites (like Une Gamine Dans La Cuisine), and non-food related favourites (like Christian Mihai).

A long-time favourite, but inactive, blog is fxcuisine.com.  I still go to search its archives for inspiration, or just to read about Swiss cheeses.

xi.      Has eleven of everything on this Liebster Award post been too many? Should it have been the original five?

I think five is more manageable. But eleven isn’t so bad, as long as the readers don’t lose interest (anyone still reading??)

Random facts

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‘When coco met lemon’ mini tarts

Sometimes, it’s all about the tart base.

mini-tarts 1This coconut base doesn’t need patience, or delicate, cool fingers, and can be whipped up in half an hour. It happens to be gluten free. When paired with lemon curd, it is sometimes better than pastry.

Where have you been all my baking life?

Made of coconut, egg white and sugar, the macaroon-like crust is crunchy just out of the oven. Once filled with lemon curd, it will soften slightly, but still retain enough crunch and crumble to set off the velvety curd.

This time, a layer of dark chocolate sneaked under the lemon curd. When you bite into the tart, at first it’s all about the waltz between buttery lemon and crisp-chewy macaroon. Then, your tongue discovers another darker sweetness lurking, just within reach – chocolate has joined the dance.

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