Sunday, July 13, 2014
I would like to thank Susan of the The Wimpy Vegetarian for tagging me for the writing process tour. Susan's focus is mainly on vegetarian food and her life with Carnivorous Maximas her husband. Her blog is wonderfully written and you feel like you are right at home in her kitchen chatting over a cup of coffee or tea.
When Susan first nominated me as one of three people for the Writing Process Blog Tour I hesitated. Why the hesitation? At first I was not quite sure myself. Maybe part of it was that I was going to have to take time and sit down and really think about what I am really doing. Am I going down the right path? What is it I am trying to accomplish?
I started my blog in 2010 but never really told anyone, including family or friends. I never commented on other sites, I was very private. It was a long time coming but I have come out of my shell if you will. In January of this year I changed all that and decided to live out loud, so here I am.
So here is the part of the tour where I answer 4 questions;
1.) What am I working on?
Currently I am on the Oregon coast using veggies from my garden and local farmers markets to create new recipes. Additionally I am trying my hand at sprouting and fermenting. Also constantly working on better photography, finding the right light is much harder than it looks.
2.) How does my work differ from others of it genre?
My work does not differ from that of many other food blogs. I like to incorporate my recipes into our daily activities, which usually is gardening and hiking. I enjoy writing about my life in food in Phoenix Arizona where I spend most of my time and then summers on the coast in Oregon. The two regions are so completely different from each other but I try to focus on what is healthy and in season.
3.) Why do I write what I do?
It all started as a way to connect with others that shared the same type of food and interests that I did. I have found the blogging community to be supportive and helpful in so many ways. This has helped me tremendously along this part of my journey. Also food seems to go hand in hand with people you care about and special occasions in creating stories and memories to be treasured.
4.) How does my writing process work?
It all starts with an ingredient or recipe that I have seen on-line, at a restaurant, friend's house etc. I research it, think about it and then start gathering the ingredients if necessary. I jot down on paper my ideas and then go from there. Sometimes my ideas go as far as the folder on my desk, while others make there way into my kitchen. I have found that mornings are usually the best time for me to write. There is something about the quiet and having a space completely to my self.
Another part of the writing tour is passing the baton to other bloggers. Here are 2 bloggers that I enjoy reading, each with a special talent:
Scrummy Lane: Helen currently lives in Perth Australia and before that Greece. On her blog she states she is working her way back to the U.K. her original home. Many of her recipes are fresh and seasonal and revolve around her everyday life and travels that are narrated by her witty humor. Always a great recipe and story.
Simply Fresh Dinners: Robyn lives in the Pacific Northwest on Vancouver Island and loves finding new ways to create dishes with fresh ingredients. Many are low in calories and all are delicious. I look forward to her Tuesday's Tidbits as she features other blogs and links to interesting things around the internet. Always as great read.
Cheri Savory Spoon
Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.
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