When I came to writing this blog post I really didn’t know where to begin. What was it that I wanted to say? What is this blog really about? When I realised that actually, this was perfect. This is the year I’ve set aside to find my voice, so starting out speechless might be the only way to do it.
Although I’ve been writing for websites for four years , I’m not really used to sharing anything about ‘the real me’ online, well apart from what I want to eat. There’s PLENTY of that out there. But if I’m ever going to explain what the point of this blog is, I have to give a bit of background on myself, starting with the fact that 2015 was the worst year of my life.
I’d made the big decision to leave my job, do a bit of travelling, then move back home to start up a personal project and do the classic quarter-life crisis thing of ‘finding out what I really wanted to do with my life’ when, and there’s no other way of really saying this, everything went completely tits up.
After a series of fairly awful events, I ended up doing the complete opposite. Even though I’d been offered a great opportunity, to which I am still very grateful, I felt like failure. I felt like I had made this huge leap only to fall fairly spectacularly on my face and break just about every bone in my body upon impact. I wanted so desperately to get into the food industry, work on my photography and commit to this blog but I was always so bummed out and tired from all the travelling, not to mention an unexpected illness that saw me have to go into hospital three times, that it just wasn’t happening. It just wasn’t where I wanted to be and I hated myself for it.
So without doing the ‘new year, new me’ thing…and as this is the 25th of Jan, it’s clear I am very much the old me…this year I’ve taken the leap to pursue my food photography for good. I’ve studied at the London School of Photography in my spare time, which is hands down one of the best decisions of my life, I’ve met some wonderful people who I want to collaborate with over the next few months and though I’m still not totally comfortable blogging, I know a lot more about what I want to say on here.
So why am I telling you all this? One, just to say that it’s OK if things don’t go to plan first time round. It’s OK if you still have absolutely no idea what you’re doing, just as long as you’re doing something, eventually things will work out for you. Two, I want to use this blog as a way of telling the stories and recipes of the people behind the plates that we so often take for granted. I think that food can be so much more than what ends up on our table, it’s something that connects people, builds memories and provides the basis for every bit of life on this planet and somehow I want to explore all of that through my work and on here.
So now? Onto meet one of the first amazing people – The Little Plantation.
We met briefly at a workshop back in May (which I talk more about here), probably spoke for about 10 minutes and then kept in touch over Instagram ever since. She’s grown her style and recipes to an absolutely BEAUTIFUL level and even though I am in no way vegan, creates such appealing and accessible recipes that she makes me consider it for a split second…until I remember what cheddar means to me and it all goes out the window.
Although she doesn’t realise it she’s been a huge encouragement to me over on Instagram and being able to come together catch up over some pretzels and tea and shoot her recipe for cauliflower, parsnip and garlic soup was a total delight. Here’s just some of the results.