Food Writer Fridays – Rebecca Subbiah from ChowandChatter.com

by Maureen on March 23, 2012

Rebecca Subbiah from chowandchatter.comI think most food lovers know Rebecca Subbiah from Chow and Chatter and if you don’t, she’s someone you should meet. She’s up to the minute with every social media opportunity to promote her love of food through her blog.  She uses twitter, facebook, pinterest, YouTube and she’s even on blogtalk radio.  She leaves no stone unturned in marketing chowandchatter.com.

She even has a new Recipe App available on iTunes.  I tell you she has her fingers in every pie!

She’s also a video lover. When I invited her to participate in the Food Writer Fridays series she’s the only one who replied to my query with a video. I was grinning from ear to ear watching her answer all my questions. She answered them with a big smile and immense friendliness.

When I first joined Twitter she was one of the first to make me feel welcome and offered her guidance when it all seemed a bit overwhelming. “I have to do what?” I asked and she took her precious time away from her work and her children to give me advice. Not everyone will do that for a total stranger who lives on the other side of the world.

Rebecca lives in the United States but as the Aussies say, “she’s a pom!” from England. That’s a good thing to say, by the way. One listen to any of her videos will reveal her lovely accent.

Growing up she hated zucchini (courgettes) but now it’s one of her favorite vegetables.  I found this recipe for zucchini bread on her website. It’s made with two cups of shredded zucchini.  Quick breads are a great way to get veggies into children.  Rebecca knows all about nutrition as she’s a registered dietitian in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

Most of us have busy lives but trying to keep up with her blog, her nearly 7,000 Twitter followers, her Facebook followers, her Pinterest followers PLUS her two children (one of which is barely 6 months old), well I’m tired just thinking about it.  Amazingly not only does she manage but she manages very well, thank you very much.

Her food hero is Dan Lepard.  Not only does she admire his baking talent, his cookbooks and everything else he does, she loves how friendly he is and how he respects everyone in spite of being bigger than big in the food world.  She tweets with him frequently.

One of my questions is what part of blogging do you like best.  Is it the cooking, the photography or the writing and Rebecca came up with option 4.  She enjoys the networking that blogging allows her to meet people from around the world.  If she could, she’d travel to Italy tonight to have a wonderful pizza with a thin crust or some pasta.  Remember she’s a dietitian so I’m sure whatever she chose off the menu would be healthy.

Heirloom Tomato and Squash RisottoShe loves risotto and sees it as a blank canvas because of all the flavors you can incorporate. “It’s a great one pot meal.”  With all she has “on her plate” a one pot meal would be ideal.  You’ll find a few risotto recipes on her blog.  I really like this Heirloom Tomato and Squash Risotto.  She’ll tell you that when it comes to photography and food styling, that’s going to be “down the road” when the needs of the children aren’t so demanding.  I look at that photo and I could eat that risotto.

If she could have dinner with three people, the first would be Gordon Ramsay and sitting next to him would be Dan Lepard and then number three would be all her twitter friends including me.  I want you to know if 7,000 people are sharing one meal, I want to be first at the plate.  She’s a very funny woman.

When asked what cooking style or cuisine she would like to be known for, she said:

“I can’t put it down to one.  I do cook a lot of Indian food because my husband is Indian and I’m fairly good at it these days but I want to be a global chef.”

lamb curry by chowandchatter.comIf Rebecca could only have three spices to cook with, she’d choose chili, cumin and coriander.  I did a quick stroll through her recipe list and she’s right, she likes these three.

Her lamb curry is made with lamb shanks or chops and green chilies, cumin seeds and ground coriander along with other yummy things like garam masala and frozen grated coconut.

None of these three spices are included in her favorite go-to quick and easy meal – spaghetti bolognese.  I had small children way back in the last century and that would have been my choice too.  Want to know how she makes it?  Here’s her link to Rainbow Spaghetti Bolognese.

Her advice to new food bloggers is pretty simple.  Be yourself.  Enjoy your passion and network with other food writers.  I agree with her 100% when she says that if she wanted nothing but recipes she’s go to the New York Times.  People visit the blogs to be entertained with funny anecdotes and a window into the lives of ordinary people.

I’m envious of her clean as she cooks ability.  I try but I always seem to get to the photography bit and everything falls to hell in a handbasket.  I should visit Rebecca and follow her around during a cooking session for her blog.

She thinks bloggers / food writers will become increasingly influential because we’re all journalists.  She was given a press pass recently to a culinary conference her town that proved that point.

Rebecca didn’t give me a recipe to post here so I went to her blog and pinched one.  Hopefully she’s not going to mind.  This is a food blog and we’ve gotta have food, right?

Cod Cakes with Mashed Sweet Potato and Roasted Fennel by chowandchatter.com

5.0 from 2 reviews
Cod Cakes with Mashed Sweet Potato and Roasted Fennel
 
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Fish and fennel go together in this nutritious dish
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: English
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • one tablespoon of old bay seasoning
  • 3 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 lb cod
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • fresh lemon juice
  • ½ a chopped spring onion
Instructions
  1. Mix cod with all the above ingredients
  2. Make patties and lightly saute in olive oil for about 7 min on each side.
Fennel:
  1. slice the fennel, drizzle with salt and pepper, balsamic vinegar and olive oil and bake for 15 - 20 minutes.

If you’d like to watch her answer the questions on video, it’s here.

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Sprigs of Rosemary March 23, 2012 at 10:36 am

Rebecca is a delightful woman who does manage to juggle a lot of balls well. Glad to get to know her a little better. I’d love some help taking the mystery(for me, anyhow) out of social media.

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Anne@FromMySweetHeart March 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Wow…what a great post and thanks for introducing us to Rebecca! She seems like an amazing woman, since I struggle with the simplest of social medias…facebook! (I have a love/hate thing with it!) Will check out the video and the cod recipe looks amazing! : )

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Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella March 23, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Another great choice Maureen! And I can definitely see how Rebecca would choose that fourth option of networking because she’s so friendly and nice :)

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Redawna March 23, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Great post!

I also met Rebecca early on in my Twitter experience. She is like unoffical welcoming committe and makes you feel right at home!

I have her Chow and Chatter app. Love that I have her recipes right at my finger tips! Great for when you are meal planning as you are shopping.

Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

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yummychunklet March 23, 2012 at 9:26 pm

I love Chow and Chatter! Her blog is so great!

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Sanjeeta KK March 23, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Reb is a wonderful foodie and an enthusiastic social media person..love her tweets, waiting to meet her soon..
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Jamie March 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm

Oooh I love her recipe! And totally agree about risotto – a blank slate indeed and one of my favorites. And I agree 100% with her advice to bloggers. Great interview again, Maureen!

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the wicked noodle March 23, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Great post! I love learning about what other bloggers are doing, it’s a great way to learn from each other. Cheers :-)

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Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook March 23, 2012 at 11:30 pm

Enjoyed the post! Fun! Great interview. I also enjoy Chow and Chatter!
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Joanne March 23, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Rebecca is one of my absolute favorites and I couldn’t think of a sweeter or more deserving person to feature! She’s the best!
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Marnely Rodriguez March 24, 2012 at 12:22 am

So great to see Rebecca here, she is definitely a force in the Twitterverse and a fantastic source of endlessly amazing foodie news and information!

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Nami | Just One Cookbook March 24, 2012 at 4:29 am

I agree – Rebecca is a very supportive and inspiring bloggers and I appreciate this feature about her. It’s so Rebecca that she returned the interview with the video. :-) I actually enjoy watching her videos because I feel like I already met her (never met yet – hopefully one day) and she’s speaking right in front of me – very cozy! I have two fennel bulbs and I’m going to try roasting them. Thanks for the recipe and the feature!

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Biana | Meal Planning Tips March 24, 2012 at 7:00 am

Thank you for introducing us to Rebecca! Love the three spices she would cook with. Cumin and coriander are two of my favorites too.

Thanks for sharing the recipe for cod cakes – they sound delicious.
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Sara March 24, 2012 at 3:50 pm

I love Rebecca, she is the most friendly, helpful, & an amazing person! I have her wonderful chowandchatter app on my Iphone which is full of great recipes!

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Gourmantine March 25, 2012 at 3:48 am

Maureen, thanks for introducing Rebecca, I haven’t had the pleasure of discovering her blog yet, but hopping over there right now :)
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Claudie March 25, 2012 at 4:45 am

Extremely interesting post! I’m always impressed by those that manage to use the “full social media package” and still “have a life” since it can require so much time! And it’s so nice she responded with a video since this is so much more personal.
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Hotly Spiced March 25, 2012 at 7:02 am

Great post Maureen. I will have to go and take a look at Chow and Chatter. She sounds like a wonderful, generous and talented person xx

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rebecca March 25, 2012 at 8:39 am

thanks so much Maureen truly honored love u all hugs Rebecca

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The Café Sucré Farine March 25, 2012 at 11:08 am

Great interview Maureen! Loved hearing about this interesting blogger, thanks for sharing!

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Kimby March 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Ooooo, Maureen — Rebecca’s cod cakes sound WONDERFUL — as was your interview! I also wanted to say “congrats” for winning The Sunshine Award. :)

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Dolly March 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm

gosh these look healthy!

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Kitchen Belleicious March 25, 2012 at 10:14 pm

what a wonderful post and i love those cod cakes! must make soon!

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Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious March 26, 2012 at 11:35 am

Never been to her website, but thank you, I will now! :) Love this series Maureen, got to discover some new blogs through your intro!

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Jenn and Seth (@HomeSkilletCook) March 27, 2012 at 4:54 am

Great post, I’ve never been to her site before! So thanks for introducing her to us :) and that meal definitely sounds tasty!

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