Each week we profile a different Canadian Food Blogger who is part of the FBC community. This week we meet Sophie, the voice behind the Montreal blog Noble Tandem, where she aims others to embrace more plant based dishes in their daily life.
Name: Sophie Viau
Blog Name: Noble Tandem
Where were you born? Montréal
Where are you living now? Montréal
Why did you start your blog?
I started my blog for pleasure, I love to cook and I had just started on a vegan diet. I started experimenting new recipes with new ingredients and I was really pleasantly surprised by the results. I wanted to share my Vegan Recipes to inspire my friends and family. When I can encourage a person to eat less meat even if it’s just once a week, I’m pretty happy.
How did you decide on your blog name?
For me, fruits and vegetables are noble ingredients, and tandem stand for together. So noble tandem means for me: Let’s inspire each other to eat healthier by adding more plant-base recipes in our menu.
What do you blog about?
Mostly vegan recipes, but I give my readers the choice to choose vegetarian ingredients if they wish, such as real cheese or eggs, for example. I want them to discover vegan cooking little by little and not impose a strict way to cook. The goal is to have fun and enjoy the food.
Is your blog your business, your hobby or something in between?
I would say in between, I don’t make much income from my blog directly, but it serves me as a portfolio for food photography contracts.
What post on your blog most encapsulates you and why?
The post I love is the cucumber and hummus bites. It's a simple recipe, delicious and so pleasing to the eyes. I always make this recipe when I have friends over and it's a hit every time.
Which post do you wish received more love and why?
My sesame crusted tofu, it’s such a simple recipe to make but with such a delectable and unique taste!
Which post’s success surprised you and why?
The best dressing ever, this recipe is one of my most popular recipes for a while now. It’s an excellent recipe but I didn’t imagine people like dressing as much. I still think it’s the best dressing I make it all the time!
What’s your biggest challenge as a blogger?
To find enough time to stay consistent on my blog and social networks. Between the contracts of food photography and taking care of my family I often need to work on my blog late at night
What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned as a blogger?
With practice and time we are constantly improving! When I look at my first posts, I see a big difference between the photos I took at the beginning and today.
What has been your biggest success as a blogger so far?
That I have found my purpose in life, and to do what I love, cooking, photography, blog writing and inspiring people to eat less meat.
Share a couple of your favourite food blogs to read. Why do you like them?
They all have delicious and creative recipes that I like to try.
Favourite food - care to share a recipe or a restaurant destination?
I'm a tofu addict! I looooooove it, my mouth is watering just to think about it! I make my Mediterranean tofu in my meal prep every week, it changes from the Asian-style tofu that we often prepare.
What are you working on next for your blog?
At the moment I’m testing holiday recipes that will please both vegan and carnivores. My mission is that everyone leaves with a full stomach and happy to have discovered that a Holiday vegan feast can be just as delicious!
What else should we know about you that may or not be in your “About Me” page?
I love animals so much that each week I take the time to work as a volunteer at an animal shelter near my home.
What makes your blog unique?
My blog is unique because I create versatile easy recipes that you can be modified so that the whole family can appreciate the meal.
How do you cultivate a sense of community around your blog?
I like to receive comments or questions via emails or on my blog . I also love it when my readers write to me when they need help to make modifications to a recipe they love to make it vegan.
What part of the FBC site do you find most useful?
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