Blog fans, it was only a matter of time before the higher echelons of the Scottish social media scene recognised me and mymonkfish for their Top 30 ‘Best of Scottish’ websites. Entering the chart at number 13 monkfish was up there with the best of them! From the hazy days of 2009 when mymonkfish was created it continues to be a brilliant ride. During 2010 I featured in Peter Ross’s Scotland on Sunday article about food bloggers turning the tables on celebrity chefs and food reviewers. In June 2011 BBC Olive magazine declared me ‘Reader blog of the month‘. Phew!
What better way to spend my spare time than eating and drinking and then writing about it all. Dream job? I think so! My foodie adventures and thoughts are extremely important to me and pottering around Edinburgh (and beyond!) looking for the next best eaterie is my idea of heaven. Mr Predictable is always in tow, try as I do to get rid of him he just keeps sticking around, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Waxing lyrical is what I do best and I have so much to say on this foodie journey of mine that most days I’m fit to burst with the words let alone the food. I like to bake the odd cake along the way, shout at the TV when Masterchef is on (go on Pudding Face!) and rustle up a dish or two from my favourite food heroes, amongst them Ottolenghi, a lovely portion of Nigel Slater and more recently fellow food blogger James Ramsden who has just published ‘Small Adventures in Food’, quite a triumph.
Here’s The List’s most humble opinion of mymonkfish in all it’s glory. Thanks to Anna Millar for her kind words.
“Recently named Magazine Blog of the Month by BBC Olive mag, My Monkfish is a delightful site run by Edinburgh blogger Hilster – a self-acclaimed ‘number-cruncher’ by day and gastronome by night who posts her own baking triumphs and reviews of restaurants. Her love of food shines off the pages, whether she’s waxing lyrical about baking a Victoria Sponge for her partner, ‘Mr Predictable’ or spraffing off – rather eloquently, we might add – about the latest openings on Edinburgh’s dining scene. Yes, there are other Scottish food blogs, but you’d be hard pressed to find one more stylish and lovable.” (AM) The List issue 683.