Hey guys, there are certain things that always stress me out as a food blogger when I’m putting a recipe post together. Most of these things have been there since day 1 and I thought I’d grow out of it as I posted more. That’s still yet to happen. And some of them are absolutely ridiculous, but here we go.
1. Sorry, was that supposed to be hot?
Sometimes my food photos aren’t exactly where I want them to be. And nine times out of ten that’s because I was trying to get a certain shot, it wasn’t coming out quite how I wanted it and I actually wanted to eat my meal before it was completely cold. Obviously, in a normal week this only happens once or twice a week. But, after completing Recipe A Day May I was very well acquainted with lukewarm food.
2. How many does this serve?
This is a ridiculous thing to get stressed out about, but I swear this happens to me all the time. I make the food, dish it up, take some photos. It’s all going well, then when it comes to actually typing up the recipe I struggle with the ‘serves’ part massively. Overnight breakfast? Obviously serves 1. brownies/ baked goods? Count how many you cut, no big deal. But actual meals? Here’s my thought process
Is it all gone?
YES: Were the portions large? Small? How much did I eat tonight? Is this one large portion, two normal ones, two big ones, was it actually three?
NO: Hmm, didn’t finish. Proceeds to ask all the previous questions. Is there a full portion left in the tray/pan? I can’t say it serves 2.5 people, did we have small portions tonight? Stirs through what’s left. There’s actually quite a bit left. Does this actually serve FOUR people?
Obviously, this is all ridiculous. Everyone eats a different amount and is going to make enough for their own appetite. But it’s always more useful when the original recipe gives a guide as to how many it’s supposed to serve to begin with. Even if that is a wild guess half the time…
3.When was the last time I used this ingredient?
I don’t know about you, but I definitely go through phases with foods. I’ll have a few weeks or a month where almost every dish has chickpeas or lentils or I’ll go through phases where I can’t get enough of certain spices. For the most part, the inspiration for recipes I share usually come from what I’ve been eating or craving, but you never want to repeat yourself too many times.
4. I don’t actually like it
Yes, there are plenty of recipes on here that I’ve made for other people that I either can’t eat because they have a certain ingredient in them or just can’t stand. I love chickpeas in almost every way, but I hate hummus. I had my mum on standby to taste test that one as I was going along. And all the coconut stuff? Nah. Depending what it is, I either take one small bite to make sure the taste/ texture is how I wanted it or I have one very small serving. Coconut products give me cystic acne (very strange, no other nuts do and I’m not acne prone at all usually) and we all know how I feel about my skin.
5. Did I miss a step?
You know how you just do certain things on autopilot? I have an eternal fear of forgetting to include these things in my posts because my brain hasn’t made a mental note of my actually doing it. For example, I once almost published a post without any herbs and spices in my ingredients list. Once I did publish a post with the herbs and spices in the ingredients, but I’d somehow managed to miss telling you to put them in. Thankfully, the post was only up about 15 minutes before I realised.
There you have it, ridiculous things I think about when putting recipe posts together. Can anyone else relate to any of these? I’d just like to put it out there as well that I don’t have any kind of anxiety. I’m just too much of a perfectionist for my own good which makes me stress over every little detail.
Until next time,
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