Making a comeback, It's a risky business. For every Take That there's an All Saints, For every Katrina and the Waves there's an Englebert Humperdink, for every Robert Downey Jr there's a Mel Gibson. It's been 5 years since I wrote my first food blog, This Edible Life, which I unfortunately had to give up due to lack of available time. I had loved writing about my transition from Adman to Chef, my culinary journey from focus groups to tasting sessions and the training I received at Leiths which enabled me to get my first job in a professional kitchen. I also enjoyed writing about the restaurants I was eating in and the dishes I was cooking at the time. Most of all though, I was encouraged by the positive feedback I received from readers of the blog and so it was with sadness that, with a toddler to raise and the unsociable hours of a professional kitchen to contend with, I realised that writing would have to take a back seat.
Happily, It seems that I may now have the time to write again.
What's changed? Well, the pace of life has definitely slowed, mainly due to moving out of London to relatively sleepy Oxford. The toddler is now at school and I no longer work the crazy hours of a restaurant kitchen. But so many other things have changed too...
Over the past 5 years, the tools available to bloggers have developed. In 2007 when I first started writing, no one had tablets or smartphones. Twitter was in its infancy and there was no Instagram or Pinterest. Blog design tools were relatively basic and consequently my own blog was a bit messy to look at. And look at the early food bloggers themselves. Many of those whose blogs I read are now published authors and have turned their hobbies into careers. Helen Graves, James Ramsden, Niamh Shields and Julia Parsons have all made the transition to print and Kirsten Rodgers aka Ms Marmite Lover is now a regular figure in the media as Godmother of the Supperclub movement. There are many more, and it's so exciting to see how lives have been changed and talents discovered through the medium of blogging.
Now as I return to the blogosphere with a swish new site and iphone at the ready, I know that back in the kitchen my tech has moved on too. Alongside my old pans I now have my suite of obligatory cheffy gadgets including a water bath, chamber vacuum packer, siphon, smoking gun and Thermomix, all of which have allowed my cooking to progress to new levels of precision. Added to the gadgets I also have something very low tech but just as useful. Stored in my head somewhere are five more years of cooking experience to call on, five more years of playing with new ingredients, and five more years of eating new things in new restaurants.
Hopefully the success of this comeback will be more Kylie than Jason and to ensure this I have invested in a pair of golden blogging hotpants to inspire some creativity. Apart from some mild chafing they seem to be doing the trick.
This blog will feature a mixture of cooking styles which reflect the different approaches I use at home and at work. I hope you enjoy reading the blog and please feel free to comment or ask questions about anything that is unclear.