Just over a year ago, my husband and I packed up our frantic London life and set off for the countryside. We swapped crazy commutes and 24 hour Deliveroo for a simpler, quieter life. Along with the move, I embarked on a thrilling, yet slightly terrifying, new path in the food world. I’ve spent the last 12 months working in a busy kitchen, learning on the job, making heaps of mistakes and loving (nearly) every moment. The experience has awakened an obsessive passion for cooking and I started “The Feast” to document my exciting endeavours in the kitchen.
Over the years I’ve lived in Hong Kong, Spain and South Africa, and each place has become a little part of who I am. I now live in a teeny tiny Georgian cottage on the edge of a Hampshire village. While I may endlessly complain about the rain, and threaten an emigration to the southern hemisphere at least twice a week, this cottage, with it’s miniscule kitchen and lopsided stove, is starting to feel very much like home.
Working in a kitchen that grows much of its own produce has had a profound effect on my outlook. I think ‘eating well’ means having an enthusiastic, balanced relationship with food. It’s finding the joy in simple ingredients and sharing it with friends.
With the insurmountable number of food blogs out there, it’s a wonder anyone has the guts to start one in the first place. In this highly visual world there’s a pressure to produce perfect recipe after perfect recipe. I’m guilty of it too. There’s a certain thrill to a faultless piecrust and nothing worse than a soggy bottom. Obviously the recipes are crucial, but it’s the imperfect stories behind them that I fall in love with.
I’ve two-stepped around the idea of starting a food blog for years now and I’ve just decided to bite the bullet. I make a lot of mistakes, but I also have the odd roaring success. I tread a fine line between mishap and perfection. I guess what I’m trying to say is that now I’ve finally joined the huge chorus of food bloggers, I may not always sing in tune. But what’s a soggy bottom between friends? It’s all part of my story. Welcome to The Feast.
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