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Hello and welcome to today’s BBC Radio Scotland’s Kitchen Cafe.

We are now LIVE ON AIR with presenter Clare English and guests Hilary Sturzaker (that’s me!!), Cate Devine and chef Paul Wedgwood. We hope you’ll stay with us for the whole show, you’d be a fool not to 🙂

I (Mrs M) will be live blogging throughout the show…think the Guardian live TV blog but undoubtedly not as funny….although I’ll try to be as thoroughly entertaining as possible within my limited realms of comedic talent.

I’ll be updating this post, adding new posts, tweeting, posting photos on twitter @mymonkfish Instagram mymonkfish and the perhaps the odd Facebook post on mymonkfish.

1:08pm…Yes, the good old BEEB are asking a lot quite frankly but hopefully my multi tasking skills will come to the fore and my O’level typing qualification will shine on through, there may be smoke coming from the keyboard…

Why do it? What makes a good blog? Is it all personal opinion? Are there too many food blogs? How do you stand out from the crowd? Do you want to?

Please please please leave your comments on any of these, the more the merrier. We want to get to the bottom of #foodblogging !

Hope to chat to a lot of you throughout the show, get the kettle on…

We are go! 
And clearly that wasn’t me reading out a recent post about DATE NIGHT!

Meet the production team up in Inverness…Dan and Gillian
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Cate Devine currently telling us what she likes about food blogs…..scottish food, good photograhpy….honesty…. she’s claiming she’s not a dinosaur and she’s right!

Major effort required for food blogging…constant pressure on us bloggers!

Twitter is going mad….keep those comments coming! Introducing Paul Wedgwood from the Edinburgh broom cupboard….
Paul DOESN’T read that many food blogs…int-er-esting!

Paul thinks blogging is a blessing and a curse….

Thanks for all the tweets, keep at it NOM NOM YUM YUM 😉

Clare and Gillian in full flow….

Thanks to Su for the chilli…wish we had some here in the studio, not eaten since breakfast!

Sorry about the noisy keyboard if you’re listening in…bit rattly but I’m trying very hard to press the keys as gently as possible! Chilli with chocolate says chef Paul Wedgwood….yes please! But with sea bass?? Interesting…

Yep Leila, that blog name is a tough one to pronounce!

Very interesting point to mention is that most food bloggers are girls….and most of the tweets currently being read out by Gillian are from girls….

Influence of food bloggers….what do you think? Have food bloggers got a power?

FREE LUNCH ANYONE???!?!!? Blogger or blagger?

Can food bloggers carve out careers? Definitely….so many cook books have been written by food bloggers….but it’s mostly a labour of love for sure.

OK, let’s defend the GOOD bloggers as there are loads and there are LOTS and LOTS of GREAT blogs that I read and love – yes, I’m shouting! Blogging is the future, it’s here to stay, technology is moving so fast and lots of us feel like we’ve got something to say!

Winding up here in the studio with a few final words about blogging….

Finding blogs that you like? Tricky one, there’s sooooo many! It’s a jungle out there but you will definitely stumble upon one you like so keep looking!
Chef Paul Wedgwood gives his recipes out – yippeeeee!

Almost done, it’s been brilliant fun and my fingers are exhausted….sorry again for the noisy keys!

Cate is about to start her own blog on The Herald website – the A-Z of Scottish Food. Follow her on twitter @CateDvineWriter to find out more!

Show done, debrief in progress….here’s the program notes from the production team in Inverness…

And I’m finally home from sunny Glasgow, Halloween party in full flow here at Monkfish Towers. Brilliant day spent with the BBC Kitchen Cafe crew….hope to be live on the airwaves again soon. Have a great weekend y’all!


Turn on, tune in 92-95FM BBC Radio Scotland
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As Mrs Monkfish makes her way to the BBC studios in sunny (?) Glasgow we’d love to hear from you ahead of today’s Kitchen Cafe which is on air at 1pm. Do you have a food blog? Why? What do you love about blogging? What makes a good blog?

Mrs M will be blogging live during the programme (eeeek, this will be multi tasking at it’s best…live blogging AND talking, how will she do it….) and hope to post a few photos, put a few thoughts down in words and chat to a few bloggers throughout the show.

Also live in the studio is the lovely Cate Devine of The Herald and chef Paul Wedgwood.

Follow us on twitter @mymonkfish and also check out our Facebook page at mymonkfish.




IMG_4467We’ll be talking food blogging on tomorrow’s BBC Radio Scotland’s Kitchen Cafe…what do you all think about food blogging? Has it had it’s day…we hope not…but in a world literally full to the brim of blogging, and food blogging in particular, how do you stand out from the crowd? Have we reached food blog overload and who reads them anyway? Have you got a blog? What do you love about blogging? What makes a good blog? What makes a bad blog? Is there such a thing as a bad blog?

Questions questions!

Here at Monkfish Towers we’re always trying to evolve to make sure it’s relevant to our readers, to excite them, to involve them, to inspire them to try new things and to feel part of a community. We’re not preaching, we hope we’re informing, and if you don’t want to read it we won’t lose any sleep over it.

We do it because we love it, it’s a window to the world that we love, ie FOOD!
We love eating and we love telling stories about it. If you love to read it then that makes us happy too!

This could be controversial stuff…tune in to find out more and feel free to air your thoughts either via this post or on twitter @mymonkfish @bbckitchencafe using the hashtag #foodblogging

We’ll be live on air on Friday 31st {#spooky} following the 1pm news on 92-95FM, BBC Radio Scotland.

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If you were unlucky enough *or lucky enough?!* to miss Mrs Monkfish on Friday’s edition of BBC Radio Scotland’s Kitchen Cafe then you can listen again HERE! Click the pic to link straight to the Kitchen Cafe’s website. She was harping on about romantic dinners for two (twas Friday 14th Feb after all) when in reality we were ‘dining in for a tenner’…..or were we?!

BBC Radio Scotland’s Kitchen Cafe
Broadcasts Friday’s at 13:05, repeated Sunday’s at 12:05.