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Say Hello to Bec Thexton + Make Oven Fries with Herbed Salt

June 2, 2015

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How about you say hello to the lovely Bec Thexton? She is the chick behind the blog Dancing Through Sunday, a beautiful place full of vegetarian food and delicious Melbourne eats.Bec is one of the kind souls I have come across in the blogging world. She is always offering kind words of support to me and other bloggers. Plus, her recipes are killer and her food photos are so beautiful it hurts.

I’m so excited to meet her IRL in a couple of weeks, but for now I’ve made her Cripsy Oven French Fries with Herbed Sea Salt and asked her a bunch of questions. Enjoy.

Say Hello to Bec Thexton + Make Oven Fries with Herb Salt - erinmadethis-1

Currently you are:

Reading: I just finished Reading The Diary Of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. I couldn’t put it down.. her views on the world are just fascinating and to think she was only 14. So heart breaking.

Watching: Sorry to be boring.. but nothing. I hardly hardly watch TV, I just don’t have the time. I did recently watch a movie called What If with Adam Driver (Girls) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter). What a winning combo, all we need is Alec Baldwin and MIchael Cera and there’s all my man crushes right there.

Listening to: Every time it starts to get cold I listen to Nostalgic music like The National, Bon Iver, Radiohead and Death Cab For Cutie.

Eating: Crunchy toasted baguettes with egg, mayo, lettuce and sun dried tomatoes Cupcakes, greek yoghurt with pomegranates and granola and hot comforting pasta dishes.

Making: The bed every morning, I got new sheets! Time for myself and to clean the house and recently made a huge batch of cupcakes. I’m not very crafty.
Tell me THE song you would choose to dance through Sunday.

Oh My… Just one? Come on Erin!

You’re from Melbourne. A) can I move in with you? B) tell me your top 5 Melbourne eats.

My couch is waiting! Ohh my.. top 5. In no order:

1. Nieuw Amsterdam or Supernormal for a fancy dinner.
2. Bowery to Williamsburg.. for the Reubens and mac n cheese or an epic brunch.
3. A trip to Melbourne isn’t complete without dumplings or pho.
4. The prettiest brunch places you’ll ever visit. Top Paddock or The Kettle Black or Tall Timber.
5. Arbory Bar and Eatery, any time of the damn day for one of the best feeds and views along the Yarra.

Did you like how I snuck 9 places in there?

Tell me about being a vegetarian. I feel like I could be one, but then I just think: pork belly. Is it hard? What are the best and worst parts?

Ohh pork belly.. To be honest, it’s getting harder. The first 3-4 years I didn’t care. It took a while to re-jig my mind to think of meals without basing them around meat but as soon as that mindset was gone, I was fine. I missed bacon but I loved facon (fake-bacon). I managed to replicate all my favourite comfort meals (spaghetti bolognese, burritos, chili, stir fries) either using lentils or replacing the meat.

Recently however, maybe the past 6 months when I have really been getting into food and connecting what I eat with the way I feel.. I have caved. I have some seafood every now and then because life is short and nothing beats calamari and chips on the beach in summer. Consider this my public announcement, I LOVE SALMON.

You got some photog skillz, girl. How’d you get them?

Aw you made me ink! I think the same about you!

Honestly, I’m just always trying to improve by self educating. I read photography books, spend waaaay too many hours reading food photography blogs and have taken about 15,000 photos of food on my journey. That’s a helluva lot! Some of them had to have been good. I’ve always loved taking photos but never knew what of.. I tried taking photos of trees for a while and they weren’t half as tasty. My biggest secret: natural light and a light bounce.

Creativity can be a constant struggle. What do you do when creativity strikes? And when it won’t? How do you nurture your creativity?

Ahh.. when it wont strike. I find that happens when I don’t feed it. Remember my above comment about lurking photography blogs for hours? Thats my ‘inspiration’ time. I read design magazines, a million blogs, go to blogging and foodie events and am always doing something, somewhere. When I stop and lounge around and don’t read or cook or do anything I don’t have any drive in me to create. Always feed it.

Blogging {and life, actually} requires you to be vulnerable. Have you had any struggles with being vulnerable online? Do you have any tips to overcome this struggle?

Whilst I haven’t had any horrific experiences online, I am very careful about what I share and what I don’t. There’s always a line of how much is too much and I feel I never cross it. Maybe it makes me a boring blogger because I only talk about delicious salty food and not personal issues but I find my blog is my escape and I benefit most from using it to get away from my issues and discuss tiramisu, not my current insecurities about my *insert insecurities here*.

Not that thats a bad thing AT ALL, I admire people who are courageous enough to share personal things on the internet, but it does open your up to vulnerability. You know, those haterz.

Oven Fries with Herbed Salt
Serves 2
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 large sebago potatoes
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1 sprig rosemary
  4. 1 tablespoon chives, chopped
  5. 2 teaspoons flaked sea salt
  6. Aioli to serve
Instructions
  1. Pre heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
  2. Wash and cut the potatoes into fries.
  3. Place them on a lined tray and drizzle with the olive oil.
  4. Sprinkle with half the salt and half the leaves from a sprig of rosemary.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes until crispy and brown.
  6. Sprinkle over the chives, remaining salt and the remaining rosemary that has been chopped.
  7. Serve with aioli.
Notes
  1. For aioli, I combine 2 tablespoons of whole egg mayo with a squeeze of lemon and half a clove of minced garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
Adapted from Dancing Through Sunday
erin made this http://erinmadethis.com/

8 thoughts on “Say Hello to Bec Thexton + Make Oven Fries with Herbed Salt

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

    I love Bec’s blog and I’m loving the sound of those fries too! Her photography is just dreamy and meatless has never looked so marvellous. I wouldn’t miss bacon if Bec was cooking, that’s for sure! Awesome interview, Erin!

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  2. Jenni from Styling Curvy

    You are both brilliant with a camera!! I’ve been making my bed daily too…got outa the habit there for a while but it’s so much nicer to pull the covers back at night and wriggle into a nicely made bed.

    Reply
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