Meet Nomsensical, Holly!

Holly Collins, author of Nomsense, uses cooking to inspire creativity through her use of new ingredients and recipes that challenge her.

What motivated you to start the blog?

I love to cook and would post pictures of food that I would make on Facebook. I joined a band back in 2010 and in the band a member was the head of the Boston Food Bloggers group. She motivated me to start a blog and the rest is history.

What’s the most unforgettable experience in your life?

My mother passing away. I was by her side when she passed. This is why I have had a 2yr break from writing in my blog. Today, while it may not be a spectacular post, I wrote my first post since 2yrs! I look forward to writing more! Stay tuned. 🙂

Other memorable experiences are places I have traveled, such as; India, Peru, France, Finland.

You’ve shared a lot of form of creative cooking, what types of food do you like the most? Why? And do you have any favorite cooks? How does he/she affect you?

 I love to cook with fresh, new ingredients and try new recipes that challenge me as a cook. Exchanges ingredients such as spaghetti for spaghetti squash is very exciting and a nice, healthy alternative! 🙂

I am a very creative person and cooking is a creative outlet for me. I bake and create recipes and get lost in the activity. Therapeutic for me. I also love to cook with friends and host parties. People who are creative and who love to cook are my favorite kind of people.

When writing the blogs, what do you find is the most difficult task? Finding new recipe? How do you define the food is worth sharing? What’s your criteria?

 Hmm.. I edit my posts and this can tricky sometimes. I might miss something. Also, timing is important. I try to post in time, but it doesn’t always work out. Motivation and keeping up with a blog can be difficult. I do believe that we all need a break every now and then. I never want blogging to feel like a chore. I am genuine in my posts and respect other bloggers who are as well. It’s nice to read a blog and feel like you know the person because they write exactly as they speak when talking to them in person.

If I believe in the food/product, and it has a good impact on readers in some way, I will write about it. I would love to help people think about what they are eating and where it comes from.

Finding new recipes is not very difficult for me. I always have ideas! When I crave something, I make it. 🙂

A few of my favorite chefs are:

Number one is my mother. She always made freshly cooked meals for my sister, two brothers and I growing up. When she couldn’t, my grandmother would. We always had dessert with every meal. None of us were overweight. I believe this may be the reason why I have not been able to post in two years. She was so supportive of my blog and is still a constant inspiration. I will dedicate a series of posts to her by sharing some recipes from a cookbook she created for the entire family.

Julia Child: I love how she brought French cooking to the everyday US household. Lately, I have been enamored by Kevin Dundon. His accent, the fresh ingredients and lovely Dunbrody Country House where he shoots his shows is just beautiful! 🙂

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