Name: Tara O’Brady
Blog name and URL: Seven Spoons (www.sevenspoons.net)
Where were you born? Montréal, Québec
Where are you living now? Niagara, Ontario
Why did you start your blog?
My reasoning was twofold. I wanted a catalogue of the recipes I liked and, what’s more, I knew I wanted to write about food. Starting a blog took care of both.
How did you decide on your blog name?
Seven is a number that comes up often in my life; using it in the title was a reminder of a personal goal, and spoons fit nicely with it.
What do you blog about?
Quite literally my family’s meals. I don’t create content specifically for the site; it’s a cooking diary, with stories.
What post are you most proud of and why?
Celebrating seven years of the site was a pretty proud moment. I started blogging the same month my husband and I found out we were pregnant with our first son, and the site has been there through our first house, our second house, our second son, and somewhere in there me leaving a corporate career and becoming a food writer.
Writing the site has been the longest “job” I’ve ever had. That post was an opportunity to take stock of all that has changed, and to express my thanks for all of it.
Which post do you wish received more love and why?
It isn’t the post exactly, but I hope that the Short Rib Minestrone is well loved. It is a recipe adapted from one my mother used to make, so there is an element of sentiment there. It’s also very good. The oregano oil is delicious on a baked potato.
Which post’s success surprised you and why?
Sugar Buns. The recipe is fairly simple, with a mixed-flour Danish dough wrapped around a spiced sugar filling; my children love them, and readers seem to agree. It’s an enormous honour that people try the recipes, and even more so that they enjoy them.
What is one (non-kitchen) gadget you can’t live without?
My iPhone, which is probably a terribly unoriginal response. I’ll add aloe vera, as I’m a horrible klutz and forever burning myself.
What is one kitchen gadget you can’t live without?
A cocotte or Dutch oven.
Favourite food, care to share a recipe?
What else should we know about you that may or not be in your “About Me” page?
My father has better knife skills than I do, and I’ll frequently call on him for any trickery butchery needs.
What makes your blog unique?
I think every blog is unique because of the voice of the person behind it; I am fascinated by people’s personal perspectives on foods, and the stories that come with them.
For social media, most accounts are my full name, Tara O’Brady.