A few answers to some common question that might arise about my blog...
When I first started brainstorming a name for this space, I knew that I wanted something unique without sounding like some slogan. I wanted to incorporate words that would refer to multiple aspects of this project, in this case being photography and cooking. Photography is about capturing and cooking from scratch is my theme.
Over the last few years I have found a passion for food that I never really saw coming. This led to the discovery of food blogs, food photography and recipe development. I decided I wanted to part it all. The world of food blogs has really opened my eyes to the vastness of the subject and inspired me to discover my own path.
Simply, this spaces motivates me to step into the kitchen and keep trying. I feel that I have a reason to cook and try new ingredients because here I can share my experiences with you. If you ask some of my closest friends and family, I love to share food. If I find something I enjoy eating you will very likely find me trying to convince my sisters to "at least try it!".
They say there is no such thing as a new recipe and though I agree, I do disagree. Everyone has their own take on how something is done; depending on our taste and styles, we prefer certain methods over others. Same thing with cooking, I don't follow any chefs or collect specific cookbooks; I simply go with what works for me and tastes good to my palette. So my recipes might reflect techniques or ingredients that are common and can be found in someone else's book, in that case I give credit where it is due. I am working hard to build my own skillset and collection of recipes that reflect my style and tastes.
No, I am not a formally trained cook. My love and passion for food did start with an interest in culinary school though. Due to circumstances at the time, I never did end up going to culinary school. Over the years my interest in culinary has grown to include food topics that have nothing really to do with needing to go to school. I have gained much knowledge about the science of cooking through my love of reading and a collection of wonderful cookbooks. At the end of the day, applying my knowledge to actual practice is what pays off greatly and encourages me to do it again.
No. The trends out there are so numerous it can be overwhelming I must admit. I think we can each find what speaks to and works for us depending what we are drawn to. I am pretty old-schooled and have more interest in making dishes from scratch and enjoying ingredients in their simplest form whenever possible.
As of June 2016, I use a Sony a7R II with a 35mm f/1.4 wide-angle prime lens. My current mindset in regards to photo editing is "less is more". Lightroom and Photoshop are the programs I use to do the basic editing such as adjusting lighting and color of the pictures produced. I am very new to photography as well and have only been shooting in natural light settings.
For the time being I am simply enjoying just working on this project. Everyone has big dreams for the things they do and so do I, just not anything I consider realistic enough to share.