If you’ve been following my journey, you’ll see lots of pictures of food pop up on my blog and social media accounts.
I grew up around cooking. My mum loved to cook and I have lots of fond memories of ‘helping’ her in the kitchen. But I was never really interested in cooking. I cooked when I moved out of home but considered it a chore. It wasn’t until I had a child of my own that I realised how important it was to provide homemade, nourishing food for my family. And it was about the same time that I started learning about our food industry so wanted to avoid processed and packaged foods as much as possible. When two worlds collide…
Now I find being in the kitchen a moment of ‘me’ time. I love the reward of making nourishing food for my family. Well it’s ‘me’ time when my toddler is distracted with other things that is! I honestly just feel better when I’ve cooked or baked or whatever you want to call it. It’s also a way of being able to use my creative side which I’ve never had the desire to channel into anything else.
I like to experiment and create my own recipes and inventions as you can see by the ever growing recipe category here on the blog. I have a pantry stocked full of single ingredients. It makes it easier to create things on a whim without a trip to the shops each time.
But I’m always on the hunt for something new, something different, something we haven’t had previously. We have some firm family favourites that I make regularly but it gets boring having the same thing week after week and month after month. Food is to be enjoyed and celebrated. Part of that is to make it exciting and try new things sometimes (or often).
There are a few fellow bloggers who I seem to always seek out when looking for a new recipe to try. So I asked myself why these people? Why do their blogs immediately come to mind when I sit down to search? Why does my recipe respository contain many of their recipes that I cook time and time again?
The primary reason is their philosophy around the use of real and whole foods. They have the same aims I do (nourishing, easy and delicious) and use the same ingredients. When you find your tribe you stick with them!
The second reason is many of their recipes contain Thermomix instructions. Whenever I see a recipe I always think of how I can do it in the Thermomix as it will be easier, quicker and less mess to clean up. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to convert it, but like everyone else, it’s easier when it’s done for you.
The third reason is that most of their recipes come with dietary variations or already ‘free from’. We are fortunate not to have any allergies or intolerances in our household but we do have close family members and friends with allergies. And we do prodominantly eat gluten free although this is out of choice not necessity. Recipe variations that cater for avoiding nuts, dairy, egg and gluten is therefore really important to me.
One blog I follow and cook alot of recipes from is Well Nourished by Georgia Harding. Every week (actually every day) Georgia shares motivating tips, recipes and health information to inspire other people on their wellness journey. What I love about Georgia’s recipes is that they always provide dietary variations and still taste delicious. She also has the Well Nourished Lunchbox after realising a niche in the market for delicious, nutritious, simple and easy lunch box fillers. I also think Georgia is a fantastic food stylist and photographer as all her pictures look amazing. It makes you want to give everything a try! And she’s just launched her new look website which is beautiful!
Another blog I follow and also cook from alot is Quirky Cooking by Jo Whitton. Similar to Georgia, Jo shares with her followers daily recipes and ‘quirky’ tips. Jo’s focus is very much on ‘gut healing’ these days and many of her creations contain foods and ingredients to enable this. A few months back, I had the pleasure of receiving Jo’s latest book, ‘Life Changing Food‘ and it truly is sensational. Co authored with Fouad Kassab, all the recipes are gluten free, simple and delicious. And all using a whole foods approach. There is also a whole section of the book devoted to health topics such as gut healing to help people on their own journeys. The photography in the book is stunning too!
The third blog I love is Wholefood Simply by Bianca. Quick, easy, simple and delicious are her signature elements. Using whole foods of course. Most of the recipes are sweet treats which I’m always on the look out for. That’s why it probably resonates well with me. And eye catching photos again. In case you haven’t noticed, pictures are important to me. Before children I use to dabble in some amateur photography but it has taken a back seat at the moment.
Of course there are many more. Bec Allum from Thermbobexta, Nikalene Riddle from Skinnymixers, the team over at Changing Habits and Tenina Holder are a few others who also produce amazing and inspiring recipes that fit with my philosophy.
It’s very interesting that many food bloggers in the wholefoods space have come from health challenges themselves or within their family. Allergies, auto-immune and psychiatric disorders to name a few. The stories are all too familiar. Modern medicine and conventional treatments weren’t helping so they took it upon themselves to find answers and ended up in the same place. Whole foods, real foods, organic foods, sustainable foods and seasonal eating. If you follow the links I’ve provided above to their blogs, Georgia and Jo both share their journeys. And they still continue!
So find your tribe and enbrace them. I hope I’m one of them!
And I’d love to hear about some of your favourite food bloggers. Please leave me some comments so we can check them out.