FBC Featured Member: Shel Zolkewich

Name: Shel Zolkewich

Blog name: shelzolkewich.com

Where were you born? Winnipeg, Manitoba

Where are you living now? Winnipeg, Manitoba

Why did you start your blog?

This is the fourth or fifth blog that I have created. This version was supposed to be an outlet for me to do more writing because I wasn’t doing a great deal of it at the time. As luck would have it, I ended up getting plenty of freelance writing very soon after launching this blog. So now it’s a depository for my weekly food column in Winnipeg Metro as well as my appearances on Breakfast Television Winnipeg.

How did you decide on your blog name?

Truth is, I couldn’t decide on a name, so I went with my name (and I guess you could say it’s my brand).

What do you blog about?

It’s mostly about trends and special occasion food. But the blog also includes my other interests which have nothing to do with one another—hunting, fishing, history and travel.

What post are you most proud of and why?

FBC Featured Member: Shel Zolkewich

Ten Days on the Tundra. This trip was one of two that changed my life. My heart lies in the north and I can’t wait to return.

Which post do you wish received more love and why?

To be perfectly honest, I don’t keep track of my stats, so I really don’t know who is reading what.

Which post’s success surprised you and why?

FBC Featured Member: Shel Zolkewich

Every post that has to do with cooking fish gets lots of attention. We should all be eating more fish. But we don’t, so people are a little unsure about what to do with it. It’s an easy ingredient to work with—cooks quickly and lends itself nicely to additional flavours. If there’s a golden rule when it comes to cooking fish, it’s this. Don’t overcook it!

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What is one (non-kitchen) gadget you can’t live without?

My vehicle. I’m a driver at heart and having a vehicle opens the door to adventure.

What is one kitchen gadget you can’t live without?

My Global chef knife.

Favourite food, care to share a recipe?

Choosing a favourite food would be like asking a parent to pick a favourite child. I tend to get excited about a certain ingredient for a spell, then move on to something else. Right now, it’s Brussels sprouts.

What else should we know about you that may or not be in your “About Me” page?

Lots of people are surprised (and sometimes offended) by my outdoor side. I fish and hunt and forage and garden. I process all the food myself (and that includes butchering). When I can, I like to be responsible for my food and that includes killing it.

What makes your blog unique?

I like to think that I take readers on a little bit of an adventure once in a while. I also like to think that I provide a little bit of inspiration. I’m a woman and I can do all the things that are typically association with men (fishing and hunting). I’m also an average home cook who likes to experiment with new ingredients and techniques. If I can do it, so can you.

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