Have you ever felt the need in this crazy, busy technological world to just unplug and get away from it all?
I didn’t realise I was going to take a break – but before I knew it – that’s what I was doing. No writing, no stalking Facebook and Twitter. It felt good. To just cook and not write down all the ingredients along the way while worrying about whether the meal would be “blog-worthy” or not.
It was nice to get back to just cooking every night for Matt and I. The other thing when you write a blog as frequently as I was is the capacity to repeat recipes is decreased. You can’t exactly cook the same risotto over and over and keep blogging about it. You’ve always got to be trying something new and experimenting. While I love to do this – I just wanted to cook old favourites for a while. So, I did.
And I amused myself doing other things – like going out and having the most amazing dinner for my birthday (thanks to Matt) and going for walks on the beach. Here are some photos of my adventures while I have been silent in the online world.
But I have missed writing here … and so I’m back to write about the food I love to cook and eat. But, there will be a few changes.
I’m going to post awesomely delicious recipes every Saturday morning to inspire you ahead of the weekend. But, I’m not going to push myself to post more than that. Sometimes our lives are just too full of computers and phones and not enough about the raw basics, like cooking, gardening, walking along the beach and just reading a good book. I have done all those things during my unexpected break – and it makes me a happier person. Unplugged = destressed = a happier me. That’s important.
Writing about food has always been so therapeutic to me – I don’t want it to start feeling like work again. My blog is about sharing food stories, great and yummy recipes and connecting with people. I don’t want to forget that again.
Do you think unplugging from the vertual world is important? Does being online all the time overwhelm you? How do you go about disconnecting and how did you feel about not being online? Was it easy, or was it hard to be out of touch? Leave your comments below. It would be great to hear about other people’s experiences.
It’s great to be back and I can’t wait to share an epic recipe I road-tested during my break – Rick Stein’s Massaman Curry from his recent Eastern Odyssey series. It was a labour of love – but worth the effort. Look out for it on Saturday. See you then!
I’ve been thinking that Christmas is all about sharing – so I came up with this awesome idea! I was hoping you guys would get into the spirit of sharing too – by sending me your favourite recipe or food photo, or both – so that I can publish them – with your byline of course – on Uforic Food.
Not everyone has a food blog to share the things they like to cook – and so I’d be happy to help you get your favourite recipes out there! Even if you do have a blog – I’d love to be able to post your recipe and promote your site too. This blogging caper is all about getting our knowledge and thoughts out there, after all.
So, when you have a spare minute – why not pop into the kitchen, whip up that dish which most inspires you, photograph it and flick it to me in an email (see below for the address) – so that I can then share it with my lovely readers! It might be a recipe your mum taught you, something you ate in a restaurant and then re-created at home – or something you made up out of the ingredients you had left in the pantry or fridge that worked so well you now make it time and again. Or, maybe it’s a photograph you took of a meal you had at a restaurant or a friend’s house. Don’t forget to send me the story behind the photo – what you liked about the dish, the place where you ate it – that sort of thing.
Or, you could print out one of the recipes from The Inspiration Challenge – cook it, photograph it – and send it through!
My awesome friend AJ did just that … and sent this great photo:
He also made a very funny video to accompany it: View it here
Of course, my recipes are there to inspire you, they aren’t meant to be hard and fast rules – so feel free to mix them up, change them to suit you and let us all know why you like your version.
If you can’t remember the recipe from The Inspiration Challenge – here’s a reminder:
Day 1: Tandoori Chicken Risotto
Day 4: Marinara Sauce
Day 5: Chicken Madras Curry
Day 7: Choc Chip Cookies
Day 8: Pollo alla Cacciatora
Day 9: Leek and Potato Soup
Day 11: Sobo Noodle Salad
Day 12: Stock
Day 13: Trio of Dips
Day 14: Greek-style Roast Lamb
Day 15: Lamb Ragu
Day 17: Matt’s Meatlovers Pasta
Day 18: Leek and Chickpea Soup
Day 19: Preserved Lemons
Day 21: Strawberries in Balsamic Vinegar
Day 22: Tomato Salad
Day 23: Mango, Ginger and Lime Cocktail
Day 25: Lamb Shanks
Day 26: Matchsticks
Day 27: Festive Turkey
Day 28: Perfect Roast Potatoes
Day 29: Garlic and Chilli Prawns
Day 30: Tagine Chicken
Wow, that’s one big list of recipes. I really hope that you share your recipes and photos – email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll post them up. If you want to do it anonymously, that’s fine – just let me know when you email me.
Really excited about this – I have no doubt it’s going to be a very inspiring experience.
Looking forward to hearing from you soon!