I have had this blog at the back of my mind for years now, ever since I took my first photograph of a raspberry choc-chip muffin it was something that intrigued me. The cooking, the photographing, and the eating.
I never believed that my skills were good enough to present to the world, even if people would tell me that the chocolate ganache on the cake glistened and looked so delicious it could jump right off the page. Always a perfectionist it was just never quite good enough for me. So, there it sat, at the back of my mind, never quite leaving but only coming up to the surface in short bursts of creative intrigue. My lack of Instagram posts over the years can be a testament to that. But right now, the time feels right. And right now, perfect or not is the time that I want to share my love of food with my little corner of the internet – so thank you.
BUT WHY START NOW?
As the new year rained in with a cloud of fireworks 2020 started with an air of hope for many people. Bringing back the 1920s Great-Gatsbyesque glamour and sipping on cocktails while we bring in a new decade full of bold powerful women and sexy detectives sounded pretty appealing didn’t it?
But as we all know, so far things aren’t going quite to plan. It wasn’t long before we all realised the possibility that some world leaders had the potential to start the next world war with their brazen antics. Then, of course, COVID-19 hit. It started seemingly slow but soon had the entire world on its knees implementing lockdowns and quarantining populations. It is safe to say we are all feeling rather disheartened about this whole thing – where are our cocktail parties and moments for outrageous self-discovery?
We are a world away from what we had hoped for but with it we are experiencing a kind of warmth that has never been so prominent before. Communities are supporting each other and friendships are holding strong through daily check-ins that can sometimes lead to the encouragement of dying one’s hair blue in a moment of impulsive weakness. No? Just my friends?
We are all having to make changes to adapt to this weird new world, some changes harder than others. However, one such change that I have noticed for many of us is cooking. Those that normally cook are having to cook more often, those that have never really cooked before well…they’re having to start. Yes, now that you can’t regularly go to your favourite restaurant or drive through McDonald’s for a quick grab-and-go meal you actually have to learn to cook. It’s nothing to be ashamed about, lots of us haven’t learnt, or perhaps you just really love that ‘beef’ burger from that fast food place down the street, but trust me you can make something much more delicious (and cheaper) that helps your health while sticking strong to this whole isolation thing.
I too have a lot of spare time on my hands so I thought why not share some of my favourite recipes? From someone who has always loved to cook, to those just learning. Or perhaps to those just looking for some new inspiration.
Hold in there. You’ve got this. We all experience disasters. Just follow the recipe one step at a time and we’ll get there. Together.