Food Blogger Confessions

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Food Blogger Confessions

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.  

banana pancakes

 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.

Coconut cream cookies

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.  

quinoa pizza base

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, 

Sophie  

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26 thoughts on “Food Blogger Confessions

  1. This is so relatable! I don’t blog about food but I like to take pics of nice grub when I’m out and my boyfriend is like because our food is going cold in the meantime and omg, serving sizes on desserts?! Never right! Serves 8?! Pah, serves me alone mate

  2. I can relate to this so much! If I’ve done recipes before on my blog.. my boyfriend just sits there staring into the abyss whilst I take multiple photos and he ends up with cold food :p

    Love the pictures of your food!

    Kate xx
    http://www.mummywho.com

  3. I actually always wonder how long it takes for food bloggers to take photos and still eat it while it’s still hot! I love all your photos you take, every food picture always looks so delicious! AHH hummus is like my actual life hahaha – it is perhaps the only side that I eat with bread (I’m not a huge fan of bread – only if I’m having avocado on toast etc.)

    I wish I were confident enough in the kitchen to have an autopilot mode hahaha – chances are I’m disecting a recipe even though I’ve read it 83 times to make sure I was supposed to put a tablespoon of something and not a teaspoon hahaha.

    The little sandwich ones with the chocolate in the middle! I remember reading the recipe for those, but now I can’t remember what they were called, I’ll have to search through your blog for a quick second because they look like the perfect thing to munch on!

  4. This was so fun to read, especially the part about portion sizes! What I would say serves 3 actually serves me and my Fiancé usually because whatever leftovers we have he’s likely to eat just because they’re there even if he’s not still hungry! I always worry about missing things out of my posts like I’ll have an idea then I’ll write the post and think ‘I completely forgot to include that’ but obviously it doesn’t matter as much with my posts compared to recipes! Your posts are always fab though so don’t worry hun!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

  5. Haha! I can completely relate to food going cold when you are trying to take an Instagram-able photo! I’ve never followed recipe to the T, so yes couple of missed steps…you make up in taste, right?
    My husband has an enormous appetite, so what probably feeds a family of 4 is what the two of us eat! 😉

    Aditi | http://www.aditispen.com

  6. I completely understand where you are coming from. I recently started taking pictures of my food to keep track of what I eat, and let me just say, some of the pictures come out hideous! I just keep snapping hoping a good picture comes out eventually It is a pain, but you get a good shot, it feels all the way worth it!

  7. Hahah this is a great post Sophie! I’ve got some recipes on my blog and sometimes when I’ve planned to do a recipe post and finished the dish and found that I actually hated it, I hadn’t know what to do! Either miss a post or talk about something I hated haha!

  8. Haha omg. These thoughts actually went through my mind! While starting my blog, I just thought hey, maybe I should write up a recipe for this to share, but I started thinking so much about it on what happens if I missed something out, do I have to cook it again? I don’t know when I’ll actually get down to doing one, but for now, I’m sticking to beauty and lifestyle (excluding food). Haha!

  9. I’m not a food blogger and nor do i tend to take photos of my food but if i did i’d 100% be taking hours to get the perfecrt picture and my food would be freezing!

  10. Your honest posts like this always make me giggle. As someone who has never posted a recipe in their life, I cannot totally relate but I do have freak outs about forgetting words or chunks of posts sometimes. Like you said, autopilot is definitely a thing and you can so easily skim over something when you’re so used to adding it in without a thought!
    Alice Xx

  11. Haha I loved this! When I share recipes on my Instagram I never bother saying how many servings each recipe makes anymore, because half the time, I could eat the whole thing myself. I also don’t like coconut! I see it used in so many recipes but nah, not for me. Loved this post! X

  12. So interesting to read, obviously I am no food blogger but the few times when I have wanted to take picture of food that I had made, I can totally relate to the eating it cold part haha! Crazy to think how so much goes behind being a food blogger that we don’t get to see but you are doing such an amazing job!

  13. I admire your honesty and all the hard work that goes into creating new and tasty recipes all the time! I’m a disaster in the kitchen and stick to the basics so well done for always being so creative and sharing something delicious! Great post Sophie xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  14. Oh man, I can totally relate to you about food getting cold! There were times when I took too long with pictures that the food got cold. Oops! I can understand how servings can be difficult to figure out. One serving for my boyfriend is probably 2-3 for me. Though, this is one of those cases when you have to use your best judgment. OMGGG! I know that feeling about not actually liking your own cooking. I am notorious for that XD. Thanks for sharing!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

  15. I can honestly say to be a food blogger is probably the hardest niche out there, but you my dear are fantastic and shouldn’t worry so often. Me, the ultimate worrier, saying “don’t worry” lol funny. But seriously your recipes are so great and I know for a fact how hard you work at it! Like I said this stuff isn’t easy! And you deserve so much credit, and I appreciate you sharing your fears with us.

  16. I totally understand this! I’ve only put up 3 baking blogs so far, but in each one I was like – okay, I think I’m finished n… nope. I’d either forgot an ingredient, or missed a step, just like you said! When there are so many steps and processes, and you’re trying to remember them, and simplify them as well, it becomes so difficult.

    Beka | http://www.bekadaisies.com

  17. LOL this is so true. I totally understand about hot food going cold as I take the perfect pic. This happens to me while I’m trying to take a cute selfie with a mask on my face. It’s like dry before I can get the shot hahaha…

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