About Abby

Trusting Grace and Travelling this world with a fork!

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J’ai mange des vers! Yeah, I ate worms. Well, they were crispy fried flower worms, but all the same. Worms! That’s when I figured I needed, no, ‘wanted’ to write about it, but I really didn’t know how to start a food blog. Well it did go into my diary, but the internet is another ball game.

Those peeps from Graz that I just had to write about - TheWingedFork
Those peeps from Graz that I just had to write about

After forgetting about it for another thirteen months (Ha! much longer than a human gestation period), my friends finally persuaded me into blogging since they loved my trip advisor reviews and ghost travel pieces. And I met some really amazing people on my last trip that I just had to write about. So here I am!

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Visiting the Colosseum in Rome with my sis Sarah

I’m a traveller at heart. (Isn’t everybody?) And a foodie too. Well, I still get confused between a gyro and a shawarma. But I am human! I’ll bet it will happen again too, with some exotic dishes that I haven’t tasted yet. Can’t wait! What do you think?

Gazing down the Turkenbrunnen in Graz, Austria - TheWingedFork
Gazing down the Turkenbrunnen in Graz, Austria

But I digress. Back to travel. I’ve been to a few countries, have lived in tents and a friend’s private cave on the one hand, and stayed in luxurious hotels on the other. I stayed in an igloo too. Did I tell you about that? Nope, not had the chance to visit Alaska or the Nordic countries yet. But I spent the night in an eco-friendly igloo in Manali, India. Who would have though that possible?

Stayed in the igloo in the background built by Tashi in India - TheWingedFork
Stayed in the igloo in the background built by Tashi in India

Every place I visit adds a few more places to my bucket list. It never ends, and I hope it never will! Well, if it did, I wouldn’t have anything to blog about.

Or maybe I would.

I could blog about food, right?

I love cooking, but I love eating more. Hence, no certifications or courses. Just taking a bit of this and a bit of that and turning it into something delicious. Just like mom and grand-mom. Their East Indian food is always yummier than yum!

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Traditional East Indian Easter Eggs made of marzipan

My friends love my cooking. (My family not so much. They say I’m fattening them up with too much food!) I love baking too. I help my sister sell cakes and cookies, and our traditional sweets (as a hobby) on our days off.

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The beginnings of a goat tripe curry

Work-wise, well I was in Banking and IT for a long time, and did well too! But neither were my passion. So I switched to content writing, where I’m a lot happier. Sometimes Jesus takes us down the long road to our destiny, doesn’t he? So much learning along the way…

Anyways, apart from writing about travel and reviewing food and lodgings. I ghost write content for finance, real estate, pharma, travel, health and food blogs to support this little blog of mine. We do have to make a living one or another, don’t we?

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Lost my apples after falling off the kayaks in Cala Blava, Spain

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your reads make it worth it! Oh, and if you want to read about les vers – the crispy fried worms from earlier, here you go!

Facts about moi – Abby

  • I love Kiri, in both its forms. First one being Kiri, the calcium filled yummy French cheese that’s made for children. Yup, absolutely love it. Do you? And also kiri, the udders of a goat roasted on a shig in India. It tastes like marshmallow.
  • I can’t decide whether I like wine or beer more. Or was it amaretto?
  • I love baking and cooking. I can spend hours at a time in the kitchen. It’s relaxing.
  • I have a Masters in Information and Communication Technology Management, but got tired of the corporate life. Step in freelance writing. That’s my day job.
  • I love gospel and country music.
  • I’m left handed. Go figure!

Sarah

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My amazing sister contributes to my blog when she finds something interesting that she just has to rave about (read ‘write pages about’).

Sarah has worked in travel for 12 years and specializes in Africa.

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Sarah with the Rhino Baracka in Kenya

She caters to clients looking to travel to niche destinations across the globe, whether it’s climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, rafting on the Zambezi River, viewing seals and penguins in Antarctica or walking Safaris to watch the big five in Kenya and South Africa…

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Lioness in Masai Mara

She loves music, wine, food and travel. Have you tried her recipe for the East Indian chicken tope? Or seen her posts about spotting tigers in Pench and Ranthambore? 

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Treepies in Ranthambore National Park

Her love for nature and wildlife makes her work even more enjoyable and satisfying. Armed with her Canon, she likes to take photographs and write stories that inspire you to pack your bags and run off to a faraway destination.

Sarah’s got some amazing posts! Click here to read about feeding crocodiles in Bamburi, Kenya or being proposed to by a store owner in Jerusalem, Israel.

Facts about Sarah

  • She’s a travel agent by day, and a blogger by night. Well, some nights. She just blogs once in a blue moon. Which is why her blogs are precious. Wink, wink!
  • Sarah does lovely Sugarcraft work. She used to sell cakes some time ago.
  •  She’s in love with Africa.
  • Her favorite colour is blue. Isn’t everyone’s? 

 The Soz

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The Soz also contributes to my blog.

The Soz often takes to the skies. However the majority of the time these gravity defying feats are for business and not pleasure. Well except for the time she went on the Hackett Nevis Swing. That was for pleasure, wasn’t it? Wink, wink!

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Swinging off at the Hackett Nevis Swing in Queenstown New Zealand with hubby

Although she flies a lot for business, it does not stop her from flying once again to go where no Soz has gone before.

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Soz hiking the Blue Mountains in Katoomba

Saying that… The Soz says that reading about her is not as interesting as reading about the places she’s been. So scroll on to her posts and let the adventures begin!

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Emerald lakes at Tongariro New Zealand

Facts about The Soz

  • The Soz is a pilot. 
  • She recently learned how to skin a lamb. 
  • The Soz has beautiful blue eyes. 
  • She makes a mean mushroom in butter garlic sauce. 
  • The Soz is great with horses.

Paps

Profile pic of Paps from The Winged Fork


My friend Paps has also decided to become a regular contributor to the blog.

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Cuevas Del Drach or Dragon Caves in Majorca, Spain

This is what he has to say:

“Hey this is paps, this is my blog,
Here you’ll find stories from my travelling log;
I’ve been to places but not a lot,
These are stories of what I’ve seen and thought;
Small tales of places I’ve been to
So go on have a browse, have a read through.”

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View of Jaipur from Nahargarh Fort

We’ve been told that the Paps‘ posts on Nahargarh Fort in Jaipur, India and the Cuevas Del Drach in Mallorca, Spain have influenced quite a few of his friends to visit. 🙂

Facts about Paps

  • Paps lives on a farm with sheep and orange trees.
  • He’s very good at math.
  • In another life, he was probably a model.
  • Paps makes perfectly round chapatis (Indian flat breads). 

Guest Contributions to TheWingedFork

There are also a select few from different continents and diverse cultures who have made inspiring contributions to my blog in some way or another. Here are their awesome reads!

Here’s one from my friends who had troubles finding bras or swimsuits while travelling. Or those who’ve had bizarre encounters while travelling.

Nomadic Nurse - Gemma from Blessedarethecurious
Gemma the Nomadic Nurse from Blessedarethecurious

You could also read the story of Gemma – the nomadic nurse, and Deines – the photographic nomad. Or about the most beautiful churches in Europe or the most amazing churches in the world.

Or would you rather read about food? Here’s what’s for breakfast and what’s for dinner in different cultures across the globe. And here’s dessert! Famous ice creams from across the globe! What more do you want?

Email me at abby@thewingedfork.com and let me know.

See you somewhere someday maybe. 😉