Leo (almost 5) asked me the other day if it was almost bed time. We’d not long had breakfast. It’s moments like these that remind me that the concept of time is much too complex for little minds to comprehend. How lovely it would be to live in this world.
Unfortunately as you get older the concept of time is all too real and the years come and go much faster than you would like. You always hope to look back and be happy with how you’ve spent your days. It’s been over a year now since I started Slow Sundays and this humble blog – writing about the food I enjoy cooking – has taught me more than I imagined it would. Putting energy into something you’re passionate about is certainly time well spent.
We had a baby girl in February of this year, an all consuming, turn-your-world-upside down baby. I had to learn how to juggle a family of five while finding time to post regularly. This was no easy feat and took quite a bit of planning. Considering that before you post you need to plan your meals, do the shopping, figure out how you’re going to make the food look good, photograph it and then write something that people will want to read – it’s more of a process than first thought!
I dove head first into the world of food photography – failed many times (continue to fail)… but I do know what depth of field and white balance mean now so some progress has been made! However a perfectly captured photo is worthless if the food doesn’t look like something you’d love to eat. Enter ‘food styling’. This is much, much harder than it looks. Sometimes you set up a shot, high five yourself because you know the photos are going to be spectacular….and then you see the results (by which time you’ve already eaten the food). This happened to me quite a bit over the year. I have learnt that less is more and that you can’t force your style – it comes with time.
I’ve come to realise that social media is powerful, fickle and necessary. To succeed you need to dedicate time and effort to it. This is a job in itself. As you’re whiling away the time liking and commenting on random stranger’s posts, there is always a voice in the back of your head saying ‘I should be doing something much more productive with my time’. After all, food brings people together…in the real world, and creates some of life’s most beautiful moments. I am pretty sure Instagram doesn’t do this…
But the real journey I have been on this year, much to my delight, has been in the kitchen (new family member aside). I have rediscovered the joys of baking my own bread (although it has not been without it’s trials), I’ve lived the seasons through the produce that each one brings and I’ve been much more conscious about how I feed my family.
This year I hope to experiment more with naturally fermented foods and make my own cheese, perhaps yoghurt. I want to preserve more – pickles, jams, chutneys. I’m excited about making different types of bread (then buying a little truck and selling it in the streets ;-)). I want to bring people together over good food, cook with my kids more and savour the small, insignificant moments.
Thanks for reading. Not just today but throughout the year. Thanks for cooking my recipes, I hope they impressed a dinner guest or made your kids eat all their dinner.
Here’s to another year of cooking adventures…