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My Favorite Foodies: An Interview with Suzanne of Strands of My Life

by Spicie Foodie on June 18, 2013

My Favorite Foodies: An Interview with Suzanne of Strands of My Life | My Favorite Foodies Series on Spicie Foodie

On today’s edition of My Favorite Foodies Series we meet Suzanne of Strands of My Life. She’s an accomplished award winning writer, cookbook author, food blogger and photographer — and a mighty talented one too! Suzanne’s beautiful blog is where she share a wide selection of healthy recipes that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. But I’ll allow Suzanne to tell you all about her blog and a bit about her cookbook too. Please help me give her a warm welcome.

My Favorite Foodies: An Interview with Suzanne of Strands of My Life | My Favorite Foodies Series on Spicie Foodie

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your blog, what can people expect to find there?

My blog has been a journey towards finding what has been at the bottom of my digestive issues all my life. It started with fast dinner recipes and weekend baking with no food restrictions and then near the end of last year, I decided to get serious about my research into what could be wrong. I started off by going sugar-free and that sorted out my low blood sugar issues but little else. I then ate Paleo for three months and that actually made me a little worse and I felt low in energy all the time. So I added back in some easily digested grains like rice and quinoa and immediately felt much better but my digestive issues remained. Then, almost by accident, I came across the words fructose malabsorption on the internet and I recognised myself in the symptoms straight away.  I ended up being tested for it and bingo – that was my issue. I have now been on a low FODMAP diet for several months and things have improved out of sight.

Banana Sour Cream Cheesecake by Strands of My Life
Banana Sour Cream Cheesecake

 

2. Is there a special significance to your blogs title?  

When I started my blog it was because I wanted a place to showcase my main interests in life – cooking, writing and reading, movies, interior design and travel, which are the Strands of My Life. I quickly discovered I had spread myself too thin and that people were mainly interested in my recipes so I cut out the other topics and concentrated on cooking.

Salmon & Avocado on Tapioca Bread Rolls – gluten and grain-free and low FODMAP by Strands of My Life
Salmon & Avocado on Tapioca Bread Rolls – gluten and grain-free and low FODMAP

 

3. Why do you like to cook, bake and spend time in your kitchen? Have you always liked spending time in the kitchen?

I grew up on a farm and spent a lot of time beside my mother and grandmother learning to cook. Saturday was my grandmother’s baking day and I loved to help out and lick the bowls afterwards. Spending time in the kitchen, especially baking, takes me back to those simpler days. I also like to know exactly what I am eating and so buy as few processed foods as possible. If I don’t know where an ingredient came from, then I don’t buy the product.

Chocolate Caramel Marshmallow Bars by Strands of My Life
Chocolate Caramel Marshmallow Bars

 

4. What is your most memorable or most special kitchen moment, be it a happy or a disastrous memory? 

As mentioned above, I loved being in the kitchen when my grandmother cooked with the big black coal range burning, warming the whole kitchen. Those are probably some of my happiest memories. But each Saturday afternoon I bake and that is always a happy moment – the sense of discovery and creation and uncertainty about the result. It’s magical.

Crispy Polenta Chicken Caesar Salad by Strands of My Life
Crispy Polenta Chicken Caesar Salad

 

5. What food is your food vice? You know, one you sneak in a little extra of when no one is looking.

Definitely sweet food – I love slices with layers of chocolate, caramel and marshmallow.
Creamy Lemon Slice – grain, sugar, nut & dairy-free by Strands of My Life
Creamy Lemon Slice – grain, sugar, nut & dairy-free

 

6. When you want to treat yourself or loved ones what do you prepare or splurge on?

For my husband, it is a plate of seafood – scallops, prawns, lobster, mussels etc. served with a fresh loaf of crusty bread. For me it is the slice described above.

Chocolate Mousse Cake – gluten-free & low fructose by Strands of My Life
Chocolate Mousse Cake – gluten-free & low fructose

 

7. What is your favorite ingredient, the one you couldn’t live without, the one you use most often? And is this ingredient the one that inspires you the most or is there another?  

Even though I love sweet treats, coriander comes to mind as one of my favourite flavours and I add it to heaps of dishes whether they need it or not.
Mushroom, Polenta & Tomato Tapas – Vegetarian & Gluten-Free by Strands of My Life
Mushroom-Polenta-Tomato-Tapas

 

8. Who is your favorite foodie? (Be it a professional, enthusiast or novice)

Well, you of course, Nancy. Otherwise, I have a bit of a crush on Donna Hay at the moment for her simplicity though I do worry about her reliance of pre-prepared products.

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins – gluten, grain, dairy and sugar-free by Strands of My Life
Peanut Butter Banana Muffins – gluten, grain, dairy and sugar-free

 

9. A couple of months ago you released your first cook book titled “Afternoon Tea”, can you tell us a little bit about it? 

I wrote this cookbook while I was on the Paleo diet as part of my exploration of my digestive problems. Therefore, the recipes are all grain, dairy and refined sugar-free as well as nut-free because I don’t deal with nuts that well. I believe everyone needs a little sweetness in their lives despite rigid dietary needs and this book represents a solution to this dilemma. It has 70 baked treats including tarts, slices, muffins and cakes.

 

Afternoon Tea Cookbook by Suzanne Perazzini of Strands of My Life

 

10. What is your favorite recipe from your cookbook?

The chocolate caramel slice is probably my favourite recipe though the custard fruit tarts would come a close second.
Seafood Risotto – minimal preparation, cooked in 30 minutes by Strands of My Life
Seafood Risotto – minimal preparation, cooked in 30 minutes
Anything else you would like to say or share with us, tips or advice for fellow bloggers?

There are a lot of different eating regimes out there that profess to be the answer to all your dietary and digestive problems but the one thing I have learned is that we are all individuals and we are the only ones who can truly decide what is right for us.
Smoked Salmon Tartlettes  by Strands of My Life
Smoked Salmon Tartlettes
Suzanne is an award winning author, below are some of her books. Click the images to read book description and purchase a copy.

Afternoon Tea Cookbook by Suzanne Perazzini of Strands of My Life

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa June 18, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Wonderful food, interesting interview and lovely sounding cookbook! Those bars look terrific.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Spicie Foodie June 18, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Thanks Rosa!

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3 Jen @ Savory Simple June 18, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Thank you for this interview with Suzanne! She’s a wonderful blogger and all of the food looks fantastic.

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4 Spicie Foodie June 18, 2013 at 7:07 PM

I agree and thanks Jen!

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5 Monique June 18, 2013 at 3:00 PM

What a stroke of luck to have yourself found what the problem was!

Nothing short of a long awaited miracle..Happy for you..Very interesting..Thank you..

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6 Spicie Foodie June 18, 2013 at 7:07 PM

Thanks for stopping by Monique!

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7 Patty June 18, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Wow, so many beautifully photographed and delicious looking recipes! Nancy, I enjoyed reading your latest Favorite Foodies installment and Suzanne- you are one very creative cook ;-)

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8 Spicie Foodie June 18, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Thank you so much Patty:)

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9 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 18, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Great interview! All of Suzanne’s dishes look so delicious. It was lovely to learn more about her and her book.

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10 Spicie Foodie June 18, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Thank you Georgia:)

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11 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) June 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM

All of Suzanne’s dishes are presented so beautifully–appealing to both the eye and tummy. So nice to learn more about her here today. :)

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12 Spicie Foodie June 18, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Thank you Jean!

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13 Victoria of Flavors of the Sun June 18, 2013 at 5:04 PM

I particularly liked Suzanne’s response to who is her favorite food personality. I have to agree with her ;-)

Nice interview–good questions, worthy subject, wonderful recipes.

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14 Spicie Foodie June 18, 2013 at 7:09 PM

Haha, you both are too sweet:) Thanks Victoria!

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15 Ash- foodfashionparty June 18, 2013 at 5:42 PM

NICE interview with a great blogger. Caramel Chocolate Marshmallow bars are just divine.

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16 Spicie Foodie June 18, 2013 at 7:10 PM

I agree, those bars are on my list to try. Thanks Ash!:)

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17 yummychunklet June 19, 2013 at 4:38 AM

Great interview!

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18 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Thanks!

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19 Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today June 19, 2013 at 2:26 PM

I love Suzanne’s blog and I am happy to learn a bit more about her.

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20 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

That’s great that you are familiar with Suzanne’s blog. Thanks Marta:)

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21 john@kitchenriffs June 19, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Great interview! Suzanne is such a creative cook, and takes amazing pictures. Really a fun read! Thanks so much.

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22 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2013 at 8:55 PM

I agree John, Suzanne is very talented. Thanks:)

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23 Suzanne perazzini June 19, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Thanks so much for interviewing me, Nancy. It was so much fun and you have made a wonderful post here. Thank you to all who have commented too.

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24 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2013 at 10:02 PM

Thank you Suzanne, it has been an absolute pleasure getting to know you better. I love your work and will always look forward to recipes. Thanks for letting me interview you!:)

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25 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 19, 2013 at 9:55 PM

So fun to learn more about Suzanne! I’m always blown away by her creativity in the kitchen!

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26 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2013 at 10:02 PM

I know she is so talented, right! Thank you Laura:)

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27 Daniela June 20, 2013 at 2:57 AM

Great idea to get as in touch with this outstanding blogger!
Interesting interview and wonderful, healthy recipes.
Love the Polenta tapas

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28 Spicie Foodie June 20, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Thanks Daniela!

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29 mjskit June 20, 2013 at 8:12 AM

I remember seeing a couple reviews of the cookbook so it’s very nice to meet the author! Lovely photos of absolutely delicious looking food! Can definitely tell that Suzanne has a sweet tooth. Great interview!

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30 Spicie Foodie June 20, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Thank you MJ!

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31 Julia | JuliasAlbum.com June 20, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Love, love Suzanne! So glad you’re featuring her!

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32 Spicie Foodie June 20, 2013 at 4:05 PM

That’s great Julia, thanks!:)

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33 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com June 21, 2013 at 3:50 AM

Great interview!! And the book looks so delicious :)

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34 Spicie Foodie June 21, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Thank you Kiran, hope you get yourself a copy:)

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35 Ramona June 22, 2013 at 2:58 AM

How lovely to meet the author of this very interesting cookbook. Great interview and fantastic photos of the recipes. :)

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36 Spicie Foodie June 22, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Thanks Ramona, I’m sure you’ll love Suzanne’s recipes.

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