As part of FBC’s 5th anniversary we’re sharing a special 24-day Holiday Countdown from December 1st to the 24th. We’re going back in time to reconnect with some very special FBC Members. These Canadian food bloggers were among the very first FBCers to be showcased in our Friday Featured Blogger series that still runs today (we’ve featured almost 250 bloggers in five years!).
Name: Evelyne Budkewitsch
Blog Name: CulturEatz
How has your blog evolved over the past five years?
Well the biggest change was a name rebranding in January 2016. It was very scary to make the decision but I am so happy with the results. I think the last five years saw a big change and a stronger focus on building a social media presence so I work hard at that. And I am constantly on the lookout for new exotic recipes to prepare.
What’s your favourite holiday tradition?
That is a tough question, picking just one. My immediate family gets together on December 24th and we open the gifts in the late evening, the Austrian way. My favourite part is sipping a glass of bubbly as we open the gifts.
Share a favourite holiday recipe with our readers
I am in charge of the cake on December 24th and but I never make the same dessert twice. I was very happy with last year’s Christmas Bundt Cake. It’s quick to prepare and travels well. But I definitely have my favourite pot-luck party recipes. I like to prepare something on the exotic side. A big crowd pleasure is this Burnt Eggplant Salad with Green Tahini Dressing. Plus it looks so festive with the tomatoes, red onions and pomegranate seeds!
What are the must-have staples in your holiday pantry?
We don’t eat a traditional menu but I love to have fresh cranberries to make real cranberry jelly, not the canned one! Dark chocolate also comes in very handy and heavy cream. And boozy egg nog 🙂
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Be sure to check out all the bloggers in our Holiday Countdown Series and find out how their blogging journey has progressed over the last five years!