Hi All, I am back from a beautiful week off in Cornwall and feel the need to write a quick post to let you know about my latest exciting news!
Just before going on holiday I was contacted by Dairy Free Dream asking me to join their team of ‘Dream Team’ bloggers! Just a week before that I had been asked to be a guest blogger for the lovely people over at Glutafin! These came at just the right time to boost my waining confidence, when I was thinking that nobody ever read anything I wrote!!!
At this point I just have to refer to a post I read by Gluten Free Girl and the Chef at the weekend. It is a great blog post about beautiful food photography and her dislike of Pinterest. You should read it, although do be warned before you flick over there that it does contain some strong language!! Anyway, it made me laugh because this is something that I have struggled with on my blog for a long time. I am no photographer…ok state the obvious! But I think I am a pretty good cook and I have learnt a lot about cooking food without some major ‘mainstream’ ingredients! So, the purpose of my blog is not to show you how beautiful my food looks, but to hopefully inspire a few people who have restrictions to their diets (or not) to go into the kitchen and cook some simple, healthy, delicious food.
The problem is how do you get people to look at a blog that doesn’t look very nice, in order to share such information with them?!
It strikes me that this is all part of the global ‘obsession’ with beauty. Everywhere you look, whether in magazines, the television, advertising boards…they all project the same message, that we subconsciously absorb…that beauty is important and something to aspire to. But it is also what is destroying many of us. The need to conform, to be skinny, to be perfect. Humans, by their very nature, cannot be perfect and to try to be, destroys our very beauty.
So, even when you want a humble recipe, to cook a satisfying meal for your family, you are faced with pictures of impossibly gorgeous food. When you cook it, it rarely looks like it does in the photograph and that gives you another reason to feel a failure. But it is all a trick! Clever lighting, a bit of photo-shopping, some ‘fancy’ dressing at the end with some pretty micro leaves or herbs!
So, tell your friends about me. When you cook my recipes you don’t have to feel inferior that yours didn’t come out looking as nice (after all I take my photos with a tiny point and shoot camera, in a mainly dark kitchen, while hungry children await the food)! You can just feel happy and confident about your cooking…and with that will come happy diners! Sod perfection! Aspire to happiness instead!