Hello there! Long time now see! I hope you have all been well and that life has been fabulous for you since Uforic Food went into break mode over the last four or five months. It’s actually quite surreal to be sitting here and typing words into the blog again. …
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Like so many people out there, I have had a constant battle my whole life when it comes to weight. From the day I was born I was a chubby bundle of joy – and all through primary school, high school, uni and my working life – I have been …
Hi everyone Just a quick note to let you know that my blog, Uforic Food, has moved. The blog is now independently hosted at www.uforicfood.com To celebrate our new-found independence – I’m giving you the chance to win How to Be a Kitchen Goddess by my favourite home cook, Nigella …
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.
Over the past few months I’ve been trying to figure out what makes cooking such a challenge for people. Why don’t more people love compiling the evening meal as much as I do?
So, I asked a few of my friends on Facebook about what makes cooking challenging for them. Most of them said it was time that made it hard to get a meal on the table. Others said it was the financial stress of having to cook for a large family. Other said recipes had too many ingredients or were too hard to follow. All very useful things to know for a food blogger like me.
But, while I can create and write simple recipes that taste great and are good on the bank balance, like yesterday’s pasta with pancetta, olives and basil – I was wondering what I could do to change the mindset that cooking is just a means to an end – something that has to be done.
I’ve decided, it’s all about how you feel when you cook. Busy schedules, screaming kids – all while dealing with hot pots and timers and everything else that goes along with cooking. Yeah, that sounds terrible to me too!
So, I came up with a recipe to help you think of cooking as not only a means of feeding your hunger, but feeding your soul:
Today is Uforic Food’s first birthday, and as you can see, it’s the start of something new!
As a birthday present, the blog has received a complete makeover! What do you think?
Personally, I love it!
Over the past 12 months I have learnt a whole lot about blogging. I have posted more than 100 times and have a bunch of dedicated followers, who I thank so much for joining the Uforic Food community and the journey so far.
In the last year you have watched me dish out 30 Recipes in 30 Days – which was an awesome challenge – as well as share countless stories about my love for food, how it has grown over time and some of my family’s secret recipes.
But knowing that this big milestone was approaching, I have taken the time to think about where Uforic Food is going.
I decided the most important thing to me is to inspire people to cook, despite the fact that life is busy and hectic and crazy and there just aren’t enough hours in the day. I want to help you be a success in the kitchen.
As you can guess from the title of this blog entry, I’m a bit of a fan of Nigella. In fact, she is my number one food hero.
She’s inspiring in the kitchen, doesn’t make you feel guilty for using tinned tomatoes or lemon juice out of a bottle – and always has a yummy short cut to make everyone’s lives just that much easier. What’s not to love?
However, Nigella has become famous for her overzealous use of adjectives and while it seems to annoy the hell out of some people – I find it extremely amusing!
Here are just a few examples of her wordiness which I came across in just one episode of Nigella Kitchen:
On black olives in a bowl of spaghetti – “I just love how they look like teddy bear’s noses”.
Really? Not too sure that I can ever get a nose out of an olive – but each to their own, I guess.
Are you superstitious? I have to admit, I am. I won’t walk under ladders, and I’ll never own a completely black cat … after all, the superstitions attached could be true, and, call me crazy, but I just don’t think the possible consequences are worth the risk! As far as being a romantic – …
Aussie food to me is all about fusion. Australia is a multicultural extravaganza of flavours from across the world, reflecting our population - people who have come together from all over the world to call this beautiful country home. In the 1950s you might have said Australian cuisine was about meat …
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 …