Sunshine Blogger’s Award


So I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things with this blog business. I like to keep on top of these awards better than I have in recent weeks, but hopefully this is the beginning of the turnaround.

The Amateur Camera has been generous enough to include me with a fine line up of blogs, and after a few questions, I’ll get the privilege to do the same thing for some of the great blogs I’ve been lucky enough to come across recently.

What inspired you to start blogging?

My aunt. I’d been spamming facebook with our cooking and eating out adventures, and she mentioned to Mama Peckish that I should think about starting up a blog. I had started one up along these lines a few years ago (with some political commentary thrown in) but given up, this time I thought I’d give it a good go.

How did you come up with the name for your blog?

It’s all to do with being a Kiwi, with the Peckish being a play on being hungry, the pecking nature of a beak, and the pecking nature of tapping on a keyboard. Peckish is also supposed to be about a hunger not just for food, but for culture, movies, and other things. Unfortunately some of my early plans for this were struck down by illness this year (almost better though!).

What is your favourite blog that you like to read?

lol, this is a very unfair question. But if I’m forced to choose, I have a serious soft spot for le pirate life and Sassy Earl Grey. In another life I probably would have been lucky enough to have them as siblings or cousins.

Tell us about your dream job?

If I could make enough money out of this, being here with you good people would be pretty close to perfection.

Is the glass half full or half empty?

The liquid is at the halfway point in the glass.

What food can you absolutely not eat?

One time I saw an episode of fear factor where they ate blood clots from cows. No-one made it out of that challenge a whole person, in fact, no-one actually managed to complete the challenge. I don’t think I’d be any different.

How much time do you spend blogging?

That’s a tough one. Does that include the time spent eating out and cooking and dreaming about what I’m going to cook? I’m sorry but I’m going to have to cop out on this one and say I don’t know.

Do you watch TV? If so, what are some of your favourite shows?

Probably my favourite of all time is The Wire. I enjoy Game of Thrones without quite understanding the fanaticism that it inspires in some of its fans. I like most things written by Aaron Sorkin (so for now that means Newsroom) and wish I’d been able to catch more of In Treatment. I also like some of the more quirky comedies like New Girl and Happy Endings. Plus I also like a lot of fluff. Yeah, there’s a lot of TV I like.

Now for the most important part, the bloggers out there whose work has provided bright new light to my reader recently:

Look at that logo, cat and food lovers, don’t you just love that logo? I don’t know if anyone will ever ward me off meat forever but the look of this Honeyed Blueberry & White Cheddar Grilled Cheese could seriously give me meat amnesia for a day or two.

Talk about sunshine, look at this Blueberry and Jam Buttermilk Coffee Cake. If we could power devices on the sweet delicious rays of baking this little ball of sunshine could keep a small city lit for a week.

I never knew the Swedes were inspiring such great baking. After le pirate life’s Kladdkaka I’ve crossed paths with this blog that has a full Sweedish love affair on the go. I’m looking forward to the day I give these caramel stuffed truffle cookies a go.

There’s something about the name Saucy Gander that warms me through and through with smiles. Maybe it’s the bird reference. More likely, its the infusion of wonderful recipes like this quince jam and Hungarian short bread along with the author’s delightful writing style that warms the extremities.

Another great little logo, and some great big fat food photography, both from the author’s own kitchen and from their eating out adventures. Love the look of this strawberry summer cake.

The quirk would be enough for me, but then they followed through with the cool? Another beauty from Australia. I really hope to warm up one of my cold winter mornings with these stellar crumpets.

If this is what qualifies as mess in Laura’s world, real beauty must awe the eyes to behold. This Orange and Almond Cake with Lavender and Rose Syrup comes through the screen like a slice of good Australian sun.

All things Sydney, from a blogger who is all things Kiwi. This blog is a valuable cheat sheet for my future visits to Sydney, told by someone who knows what it’s like to see things from my side of the Tasman. She has, however, made me feel horrendously envious with this post, especially the stuffed hamburger with lifter.

If the contemporary romance tagline is a reference to the love of food, I’m appropriately smitten with this blog. Check out this Taco Salad and Scallop Po-Boys with Garlic Aioli.

This is the beginnings of a great beginner’s guide to Auckland. I really hope this blog spreads its wings and gets going, I think it will be a valuable resource for first time Aucklanders.

Oh, and because there’s not nearly enough time left in my evening to rustle up a blog about tonight’s dinner, I’ll slip this photo in as a cheat.


Yeah baby, Red Quinoa Salad with edamame beans, spinach, raw grated beetroot, red cabbage, and goji berries with a balsamic vinegar, olive oil and wholegrain mustard dressing.

19 thoughts on “Sunshine Blogger’s Award

  1. Loving all the link love, definitely will check out the two blogs I haven’t come across yet. I think we’d make terrific siblings, the three of us, but as cousins we’d have more fun together. Cause then I’d be more polite about who gets the last ______ of _______. (You know what to put there.)

    UM, LOVING THE EXPLOSIONS OF EDAMAME BEETS AND RED QUINOA. What an astounding marriage of textures and colour.

    P.S. give your aunt a great big hug from SEG. She did the world some good with her suggestion.

    P.P.S. “The liquid is at the halfway point in the glass.”



    1. Oh no! 😦 I hope you’re ok and everyone else is ok. You’re still here and typing, so I suppose that’s a start. Oh, and the salad I made originally called for podded broad beans, but I couldn’t be bothered on a weeknight. Still, less tofu means more SEG friendly right?

      I think siblings would have been a good deal too. I’m happy for the ladies in my life to get the last piece, plus maybe if I’d had a sister Mrs P would have come into my life eariler, you would have been good friends.

  2. Three musketeers! So much love! PS Ango needs to disclose more about said car accident

    I concur I need that salad in my life.

    1. Quite the mystery this car accident. Hopefully there’s an update on the blog or facebook.

      I need a couple of days to live with the salad (good thing it made three bowls) and I might give it a squeeze of lemon for the next bowl. It’s going to take a bit of the sensations to sink in to a point where they can be converted into words.

  3. You are way, way too kind Mr P!! I feel privileged to have made this list after such a short period as blogging friends… I wish that you and Mrs P could come over for a home-cooked meal to celebrate!
    Some points in response: 1) that salad looks freaking amazing, and healthy too 2) you should’ve been a politician 3) I need to watch The Wire.
    Can’t wait to check out some of these other blogs. Hugs to you my friend!

    1. You have one of those blogs where I get sucked in and trawl through all your lovely pictures. I know I’m onto a good thing when that happens. 😀

      I feel like I could have been a good political speech writer if I put my mind to it, but I think being a politician would be too hard. Doesn’t seem like a profession that lends itself to real honesty.

  4. Hi Mr P! First of all congrats again. The thing I like about these awards is reading the interesting stuff you write about yourself. Wait, blood clots from cows? Well how did it occur to anyone to eat that in the first place?

      1. I wonder if these people only do it for the money, or if they really have an element of gruesomeness inside them…

  5. Pragmatic PK (The liquid is at the halfway point in the glass!) – thanks ever so much for the shout out! I now have a number of new blogs to check out. Most excellent. Off to catch a flight to your neck of the woods… 🙂

  6. Thank you so much for the mention 🙂 ive had a horribly stressful week and haven’t been able to post. This is envouraging beyond words 🙂 I adore your blog!

  7. Thank you so much for including Cat Scratch Kitchen here! I love your blog and your creative recipes (especially that Brown Butter Earl Grey Pound Cake with Peaches & Vanilla) and I can’t wait to check out the other blogs you’ve listed here. Bon appetit, everyone!

  8. Hiya, thanks so much for the nomination! You’ve given me quite a few new blogs to check out. Work has been crazy this week (just taking a break to check into WP), but I’ll get onto the award soon. Thanks again!

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