BEYOND THE OVEN
Hi guys! I’ve been thinking for a while now to start a series beyond recipes here on the blog. I finally got down to it!
Welcome to Beyond The Oven! I’m hoping with this series I’ll share with you a little of what goes on a) after the oven and cameras are off and b) a few of my favorite things that are not baking related and c) get to know you all a little better beyond our love for decadent desserts!!
In the light of sharing a little about myself, I’m answering a few personal questions from some blogging friends today. Over the past few months, I’ve been nominated by fellow bloggers for a blogging award. I am so honored. Thank you very much Mary Frances, D and Michelle for the nominations. However, I’ve been completely lazy to respond to the requirements of the awards (one of which is to answer a few questions posted by these bloggers). But here I am today trying to fix that 🙂
Mary Frances’ Question:
- What is your #1 indulgence?
Shoes!!! But we are talking about food right? A dozen spicy buffalo fried chicken wings.
2. What makes you happiest?
Spending time with my family and friends (cliché I know but I really am happiest there!)
3. What is the most important thing in a person?
4. Are you a morning or night person?
Oh I am a night person 100%. My husband knows better than to mess with me before my morning tea and pretty much everyone in my life knows I don’t make plans before noon. I do all my best work at night. Study, read, bake, blog, etc. I’m lucky if I make it to bed by midnight any day. I know I will need to change my habits one day. Rumor has it when kids come along you are an all day person.
PS: Look what my hubby posted on my Facebook wall last week:
Yup, sums me up.
5. What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who condescendingly assume that English isn’t my first language. “Oh you speak such good English.” I get this all the time and it drives me nuts. Just for the record I learned English at age : birth!
6. What are your childhood memories associated with Christmas baking?
We didn’t celebrate Christmas in our house as a child as we are Muslims. But since half of the country did and I went to an Anglican school, I got to experience most of the religious traditions. Nothing about Santa though!
7. Describe your fashion sense in one word.
Michelle Obama. The woman just wears everything I see as my style. Classy, colorful and a little playful at times.
8. What would be your perfect afternoon?
A walk through Madison Avenue day dreaming of all the clothes I can’t afford, treats from a bakery with a cup of tea and of course girlfriends to enjoy all this with.
9. What is a habit you want to get rid of?
Staying up so late. I want to try to be more efficient in handling full-time school, blogging and stop ignoring my husband in the evenings.
10. What is a hobby you’d like to try?
I started learning how to knit a while back in high school but fell of the wagon. I would like to try it again.
11. What is a trend you would start?
Siestas in the middle of the workday. Yes Pleaseeeee! (yes I am lazy)
- What makes you happiest in life?
2. What is your favorite app and why?
Oh my Gosh, Instagram hands down. I’m obsessed. I’m a major stalker
3. Your biggest and craziest dream for yourself/your life?
Living in Paris
4. Your favorite magazine?
It’s a tie between Saveur and Vogue
5. What was your bravest moment?
I will have to say leaving home (Sierra Leone) at 18 to study in Singapore knowing that I was likely never going back to live there but will be gaining a lot.
6. Your favorite beauty item?
Yikes, I am bad at this. I don’t really use beauty products on a regular basis. I wear makeup probably twice a month if I’m lucky. And I know I should more often. But I guess my facewash counts as a beauty item?? It’s an oil reducing one and works great.
Shy at first and very outgoing (too much) after you get to know me. And yeah sarcastic always.
8. What do you like most about blogging?
Hands down the blogging community. I love meeting new bloggers and getting to know them.
9. What is your favorite blog (other than your own!)?
I can’t pick one. Seriously I just can’t. I find new ones every week and I fall in love all over again.
10. Favorite Place to Shop?
H&M. When traveling and I can splurge Zara. Now where I would like to ideally shop? That list is endless.
1. Which country would you go to if you were given a free airplane ticket?
2. What is the best advice your parents gave you?
My Dad once told me even the things you love to do will be hard to do one day. I try to remember this 🙂
3. What are your plans for summer?
Whoops, this is kind of late. Or super early depending on how you look at it. To be honest, I have no plans for 2014 summer. And I am keeping it that way.
4. Tea or coffee?
Oh tea! A minimum of two cups a day always. The way to my heart is a box of good tea (hint hint 😉 )
5. What is the first thing you notice about someone when you meet them?
I don’t know, I’ve never thought of it. I’m usually focused on listening to what they are saying. But I am about to meet someone special for the first time tomorrow so I’ll take note of what I notice first and report back.
6. Who would you invite to play if you could host a music night?
For myself, MICHAEL BUBLÉ but if my husband is present then Taylor Swift. He loves her.
7. What did you learn from blogging?
I’ve learned so much from blogging but I guess what stands out the most is that I’ve learned that it is pointless to compare myself with anyone else. Despite finding it hard sometimes to define what makes me stand out of the million blogs out there, I try to focus on being myself. It’s the simplest thing but also the hardest if you can believe that.
8. How would you describe yourself on your profile on a dating website?
9. What kind of friend are you?
Brutally honest, dream crusher and supportive have been a few that have been echoed back. But from my perspective, I try to always be loyal and be there for my friends!
10. If you could change something in this world, what would it be?
Hmmm…not world peace because that’s not happening soon. But if I had a magic wand to solve one thing, it will be to prevent babies and children from getting terminal diseases. Breaks my heart. And why I work with my local Make-A-Wish Chapter to help grant wishes of kids with life-threatening diseases. (Look up your local chapters and find out ways you can help!)
11. What do you like best about yourself?
Probably my strength to persevere through hard times.
Thank you for reading the longest post EVER!! But it was fun to answer these questions.
Let me know in the comments some of your answers to the questions above!!
Hope you all have a great weekend 🙂
This is hands down, one of my most favorite posts. People ask the best questions! I love the “what would your profile be on a dating website” one and your answer; best ever! I’m a little like you, more of a realist than an optimist, but I will stick with you, even if I’m crushin’ your dreams in the process 😉 And tea, oh my, I go through a box so fast. I’ve been trying to cut back, but it isn’t working. That is in addition to my two cups of coffee … I think maybe I need to cut back all around! Huh, isn’t that interesting (and disappointing) that people assume you didn’t grow up speaking English? Have you learned other languages? I tried French and Spanish and did bettter in the latter. I’m not fluent by any stretch of the imagination! Ok, I have more I’d comment on, but this is officially the longest comment ever, so I’ll just finish! Have a great weekend, too!
Thank you so much Mary Frances! Especially for helping me start this :). I hope I answered your questions adequately too lol! There is no cutting back on tea…maybe the coffee but not TEA!! I learned French in school and all the way through college. I can understand it very well but just can’t speak anymore. lol! Email me the rest 😉 Hope you are having a great weekend!
I like the idea of this series a lot Zainab 🙂 Looking forward to getting to know you!
I LOOOVED this!! Omgosh so sweet that you work with Make a Wish! I love H&M too. I can’t believe there was a Christmas question seeing as a whole bunch of people don’t celebrate Christmas lol and omg I can’t believe that people are so ridiculous and actually tell you your English is so good…like…obviously!
Thanks Kayle 🙂
This was great! I think I would choose Italy, too, if I had a free plane ticket. The food, the art, the scenery… I swoon just thinking about it. And they have siestas in the middle of the day!
I know!!! There is so much to see, experience and just take in. I feel like I will need a whole year 🙂 And siestas? Well they have my heart lol! Thanks Christina!
omg that cat is tooo cute!!
Hahhah I kinda have a love-hate relationship with that cat. My husband is obsessed with it on FB and always showing me its picture.
I love posts like these. I hope you do continue with them. I studied abroad in Paris for 7 months. It was marvelous but by the end I was ready to come home. Now I would give anything to do it all over again. I hope you get the chance to visit.
Thanks Emily! I was always questionable about starting one because I never think I have something exciting going on. Oh my gosh so cool you studied abroad in Paris!! I will kill for that lol!
Love this! Love getting to know you even more now! Italy! Ha, you should come with me, I’m sure my hubby won’t mind!! 🙂 can’t wait to see what is in store for us with this series!!
I’m so jealous Nancy! I’d like to hide in the suitcase…I’m sure I can breathe lol! Have fun and please take lots of photos for us to live vicariously when you come back.
Oh! I love this! I vote for siestas too, I think they should be mandatory in every country. I can’t wait to see what other goodies are hiding Beyond the Oven! Great to get to know you a little better.
I love this! I’ve danced around the idea of doing more personal post once or twice a month. I know I love getting to know people better outside out the kitchen. As a busy mother I vote for siestas too! And I love Michele Obama’s style –do her amazing arms and shoulders come with that style 😉
Jamie thanks! I always danced around the idea because I’m quite boring (I think) out of the kitchen but I also know that those are some of my favorite posts on blogs I feel connected to. And man I wish Michelle’s arms come with the package.
Hooray! This is super awesome. I am so excited to learn more about you through this new series. And also congrats on the blogger nominations. Very well deserved!
Awesome series! Looking forward to more of them. I would say that my biggest non-food indulgence is also shoes! I tell people that I have a pretty extensive collection going on. 🙂
I can tell you are a great person just by reading a few posts from your blog, Zainab, but I like you even more after reading this! Love your answer to what you’ve learnt from blogging. As a new blogger that’s really useful to me … fantastic advice to follow your own style/path and feel confident about it! 🙂
I love this, what a cute way to get to know you better! I have also been tossing around the idea of adding a little bit on the blog, other than food! Not sure about if I will soon or not though
I really like the advice your dad gave you too! It great and I never thought of that before! 🙂
Aww I think I’m really like this kind of posts! It’s so nice to know more abou the person behind the blog!
The grumpy cat pic cracked me up, though I must say I’m 100% a morning person hehe ;–)
I love this series, Z, and the name couldn’t be better! I love the grumpy cat joke, and I’m a reformed night person. My kids changed that and I’m too old to stay up too late. lol I love your sense of humor, and I love that you took a chance at 18 and have been working hard ever since. Very admirable! Have a wonderful Monday! 🙂
I absolutely love this post! I found out a lot of things about you that I didn’t know and it makes you all the more the type of person that I’d really like to meet in person!! I find that stuff about the English language so interesting that people don’t assume it is your first language! Too funny!!
Love this idea and the name of the series! Yay! 🙂 I think I’d choose Italy too if I could go anywhere right now 😉
Love this “Beyond the Oven” segment! This will be so much fun getting to know you outside of the kitchen. And I already found something else we have in common… Michael Buble is totally who I would choose to play for me! AMAZING! Can’t wait to read more about you!
Loved this post Zainab and thanks for sharing and allowing us to get to know you even more 🙂 Love shopping at H&M and Zara and I learned to crochet but would totally love to learn how to knit too:)
What a great post! Thanks for sharing more about yourself. It’s always interesting to learn more about the people behind the blogs.
Thanks Tonia!! It’s even better when you meet them and they even cooler in person (aka you!!)
This is such a fun idea, Zainab! And I totally agree with you–morning people are totally inhuman 🙂 And I totally want to hop on the siesta train. I’m always so much happier with a nap. P.S. Have you watched Gossip Girl? I didn’t when it was on TV but am totally Netflix binging–your comment about your perfect afternoon reminded me of it!
I love posts like this and learning more about the girl behind the blog! Totally with you on tea, the key to my heart! <3
Thanks Pamela. I knew you would love tea 🙂