April 23rd, 2013

Link to Chocolate & Zucchini!

Hello! I’ve had the pleasure of answering to a Q&A at lovely Clotilde’s Chocolate & Zucchini blog! Check it out! ^^
This is a bit of a happy moment for me actually, because it was encountering her blog all those years ago (like over 10 years ago??) that inspired me to do my own eventually. And so to think that there’s something about me on HER blog makes me feel proud. :-)
(Actually, she’s also mentioned me before on her post about brownies back in 2009.)
I still remember the time when I first got ‘in’ to her blog: I was a graphic designer back then, feeling bored stiff with having to design uncreative stuff for cooperate clients, which, after graduating an uber-creative college, was a ‘real-life-ain’t so-fun’ dumbing-down moment.
Back then, I was often browsing her image gallery & using her pictures as a wallpaper for my office computer screen!
Several years later when I did start blogging, you know what I did immediately? I wrote in her comments section to tell her about my blog! And she then wrote a comment in my first ever post! :-) Sweet!
Anyway, the Q&A is about how I cook at home for (& with) the kids. Hope you enjoy it!
T xx


  1. Hi Tamami,
    It was a great Q&A piece! :)
    I check in on Clotilde’s blog from time to time as well – her “Edible Adventures in Paris” book was my go-to guide when I lived there too….
    Hope you’re keeping well – the weather is supposed to stay nice for a while so best of luck at Broadway :)

    Comment by little chan - April 23, 2013 9:52 pm

  2. Hello Little chan! Thank you very much! :) The weather in London is now very nice, sunny everyday since last week!!! Fingers crossed it’ll stay that way!!! xx

    Comment by tamami - April 24, 2013 8:23 am

  3. Thanks so much for your very kind words, Tamami, it is a pleasure to have you as a guest on C&Z!

    Comment by clotilde - April 24, 2013 8:28 am

  4. Clotilde! The pleasure’s all mine! Thank you very much for featuring me on your lovely blog! :) :) :)

    Comment by tamami - April 24, 2013 8:33 am

  5. I loved the interview but most especially the idea of the fruit exploration. I work in Newham with some great kids, but they are a little afraid of anything containing vitamins. I think I might try your idea with my tutor group

    Comment by Tom Gilligan - April 25, 2013 5:49 am

  6. Hello Tom! Thank you!! I’m glad you like the idea about the fruit exploration! It’s an honor to think that I was of help to a teacher! ^^ Good luck, I first started with fruits that were easier & what they already liked – for example tangerines…! I can’t remember which fruit it was but we also eventually talked about the Panama Canal! Very educational for kids! x

    Comment by tamami - April 25, 2013 8:25 am

  7. Neat interview! :) How do you get your bags so thin? The stacking part is great, but I can’t seem to get my baggies thin & even enough to stack neatly.

    Comment by jonquil - April 25, 2013 3:03 pm

  8. Thank you Jonquil! I’m glad it went well. Phew! ;-)
    As for bagging:
    I use freezer bags that has pointy corners already, if you know what I mean?? And then I sometimes use tin-lids (like biscuit tin lids) & lay the bag flat on it, then pop it together in to the freezer. That way, the liquids inside will be flat when frozen, & the bonus point of that is it will freeze quicker thanks to the tin getting cold quickly. Hope that helps? xx

    Comment by Tamami - April 25, 2013 6:29 pm

  9. Yes, that was most enjoyable indeed! Clotilde’s blog was one of the first food blogs I read regularly and I found yours from a link on her site, and have truly enjoyed reading your recipes and about you and your family. And how nice that you are working (which must be hard with all of the other things you have to juggle) on the cookbook; your recipes are so complete and creative! xx

    Comment by Heidy - April 26, 2013 7:28 pm

  10. Hello Heidy!!!!!! Thank you!!! As for the cookbook…, it’s a very s.l.o.w. process for me… I know it’s gonna take ages…, so please wait a while I think!! Hope you’re well! Take care!! xx

    Comment by Tamami - April 27, 2013 12:59 am

  11. I love reading your blog, although I don’t comment much I have been following it for a few years now. I was so pleased to hear you were writing a book because you explain things so well and your cakes and confections look so professional. I must admit though that I am getting impatient now, I keep expecting to hear it is about to be published but obviously it is not. I do understand how busy you must be, what with your stall, your baking and most of all your family but I just want you to know you have readers waiting for your book, and to buy it! Good luck in all you do.

    Comment by Jeannette - April 27, 2013 3:24 pm

  12. Dear Jeannette,
    first of all, let me sincerely thank you for your opinion regarding my cookbook. When I read your comment about you being impatient, to tell you the truth, it shocked me. And it really felt like a “wake-up-call”. After reading your comment I went away & had a long think, & I realized that, shame on me, I’ve been slack & too comfortable in my own shoes lately. The rate in which I create recipes is slower than a snail… Damn.
    The weekly cycle of family & market is stable & snug, & perhaps I use that as an excuse. I used to be a lot more “hungry” for success before I think… I MUST TRY HARDER.
    Jeannette, I really appreciate you writing the comment. I am sure that I will remember back to this message. I need readers like yourself who perhaps believe in my abilities more than I do to push me ahead. Sincerely, Tamami xx

    Comment by Tamami - April 27, 2013 11:00 pm

  13. Hello from Sendai city, Tamami !
    I see you’re making wonderful things in England….(*^^*)/

    Comment by Flo de Sendai - April 28, 2013 5:20 am

  14. Hiiiiii!!!! How lovely to hear from you in Sendai!!!! Thank you for your comment!! x

    Comment by Tamami - April 28, 2013 9:00 am

  15. Oh, Tamami, I do hope I haven’t hurt your feelings by using the wrong words, impatient sounds very bad, although my mother always used to say I was impatient! Perhaps ‘anticipation’ is a better word for how I feel about seeing your book in publication. I just know that when it does materialize it will be a good book, if your writing on the blog is anything to go by. I’m sure all your other readers/followers would agree with me.

    Comment by Jeannette - April 28, 2013 9:41 am

  16. Jeannette, oh please please don’t worry! :) I’m not hurt at all! :) I understood that your message was with good intentions, & I was touched that you have thought of me that way. How blessed! I wanted to reply back to your message in seriousness & with sincerity to show my appreciation. Jeannette, I very much hope that in the future there will be a copy of my cookbook in your hands!!!!! Best, T xx

    Comment by Tamami - April 28, 2013 7:46 pm

  17. Loved the interview! And it’s particularly fitting – I found you through your comment on C&Z all those years ago! :) I don’t recall you mentioning you’re working on a cookbook though? But I’m thrilled that you are!! xx

    Comment by Rachel - April 30, 2013 9:30 pm

  18. ❤ Hi Rachel ❤
    Ah, yes, I remember you telling me that you originally came via link from C&Z! Isn’t it weird & wonderful to be connected this way! About the cookbook…, I’m trying still (very slowly)… but not much news to tell you yet! Will keep you posted tho! xx

    Comment by tamami - April 30, 2013 11:52 pm

  19. Hi Tamami,
    I just found your blog after reading your Q&A at Clothilde’s and I really like it here :-) I guess this weekend I will tackle your scones – until now my scones have been edible but never as great as you describe them. And I love the expression “wolf’s mouth”!

    Comment by Fiona - May 1, 2013 9:09 pm

  20. Hello Fiona!
    Welcome! ^^ And thank you for leaving a comment! I love finding out about the readers! Good luck with making the scones! I love the “wolf’s mouth” expression too…, I guess it’s because it’s jaggerdy?! Happy Baking! T xx

    Comment by Tamami - May 1, 2013 9:22 pm


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