Things have gotten incredibly busy in Allison-land and that’s a shame because the Interview with a Blogger series just sort of fell by the wayside. And that’s even more of a total shame because it is one of my favorite things about this blog. So it makes perfect sense to welcome back the series with an interview with Sasha from Tattooed Martha.
Sasha is truly one of my favorite bloggers. She’s talented, she’s sweet and she’s nobody but herself. Her blog, like mine, is still young but evolving quickly. Her fan following is loyal and strong and is there any reason why it wouldn’t be? From desserts to sides to entrees to the occasional DIY, Sasha keeps her content fresh and interesting.
One of the most noticeable things about Sasha is her gorgeous tattoo work. It might not come as a surprise that her fiancee is also her tattoo artist! How amazing would that be to be the living canvas for the person you love most in the world? She’s got lots of goodness for enthusiasts out there including a Tattoosday feature! Read on with this interview and I guarantee you’ll be hopping over to Tattooed Martha to check out this spectacular lady and all of her bloggy goodness!
How did you choose the name Tattooed Martha?
I started getting really passionate about cooking and baking a few years ago and friends and family started joking around and referring to me as Martha. From that Tattooed Martha evolved!
What do you hope to achieve with Tattooed Martha?
I really just want to inspire others to create every day. Whether it’s food, crafts, or art and whether it’s a success or failure, just get your hands dirty and do something!
What inspired you to begin cooking?
I grew up being a pretty picky eater, so as an adult I forced myself to order something completely new and different when at a restaurant. It really expanded my palette and I was inspired to start experimenting in the kitchen as well.
Are there any chefs or restaurants that inspire your style?
You might think it would be Martha, but it’s actually Gordon Ramsay! He just kills it with every dish! I’m nowhere close to his level, but I draw a lot of inspiration and motivation from him. I also try to replicate recipes from restaurants, but put my own spin on it for the blog.
Do you prefer cooking or baking?
I prefer cooking much more because it gives you a little bit more freedom to experiment with ingredients and amounts. Baking is chemistry though.. too much or too little of one item can making your cake collapse or brownies turn into flat little pancakes!
What tools would you suggest someone new to really taking an interest in cooking get a hold of?
A set of sharp knives and a good non-stick skillet.
What is your favorite tool in the kitchen? Which do you wish you had more opportunity to use?
My food processor is definitely the most used item in the kitchen. Smoothies, pesto, sauces, dough, you name it and a food processor can probably do it! There’s not really any gadget in the kitchen that doesn’t get its fair share of use, but I am lusting after a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer.. in mint!
What is your favorite ingredient to work with?
Sailor Jerry Rum of course!
What is your favorite recipe that you’ve shared on the blog?
My Public Pool Cake. I still laugh every time I see it! It was fun to make and even more fun to eat!
Which one has been the most successful?
My pumpkin spice rum balls! Pumpkin spice, booze, and the fact that it doesn’t involve baking I think made a lot of people fall in love with them. And people love any excuse to make jokes about balls! ;)
Any recipes that you’ve found difficult to master?
I’ve struggled with soufflés. There’s so many different techniques and recipes, but no matter how closely I follow the recipe, it just doesn’t come out quite right.
What would you hope to have for your last meal?
Oooh that’s a tough one! As simple as it sounds, it would have to be pizza! It’s my kryptonite!
What is the best holiday meal that you remember?
This year’s Friendsgiving actually! I did a citrus and herb roasted turkey, pineapple and rum glazed ham, sausage and apple stuffing, cranberry glazed sweet potatoes, mini pumpkin pies… and the list goes on!
What would you suggest to someone preparing a huge holiday meal alone for the first time?
Stock up on wine.. you’ll need it! Kidding! Kind of.. but It’s all in your prep work! I like to make a list of every dish I’m cooking and make note of which ones can be cooked or put together the night before. From there group your dishes that will be cooked at the same temperature so you’ll be able to throw multiple dishes into the oven at one time. Hot plates and foil will become your best friends when you’ve got more dishes than what you’ve got oven room for.
What recipe(s) would you recommend to be taken to a potluck holiday supper?
Deviled eggs! They smell like farts, but people devour them within seconds! Haha
To save time, are there typical holiday dishes that can be prepared ahead of time?
Casseroles can almost always be made the night before and then baked the next day.
Thanks so much, Sasha for taking the time to share your foodie advice and thoughts with us. If you haven’t already been tempted to click over, do it now! You’re going to love Sasha and all of the tasty, funny and interesting goodness she shares at Tattooed Martha!