Welcome to Jen’s Food. I’ve been blogging here since 2015 and before that I was writing at Blue Kitchen Bakes. Last year I moved back to the south west after having spent several years living in Reading working on a PhD. I finished the thesis, passed my viva, worked as a researcher for 6 months then decided to leave the academic world behind to come and work with my parents in their greengrocers business. I wrote a bit about the move here and here. It’s been a big change but as you can probably tell from the photo above, I love being beside the seaside. I’m also very happy being surrounded by fresh fruit and veg all day, we’re certainly eating better now.
My blog originally started as a way of procrastinating from working on my PhD thesis. It ended up being quite a productive form of procrastination that resulted in many opportunities to attend events and try new products, and it also became a very satisfying creative outlet. I started blogging because I wanted to share my love of food with like minded individuals. At the time when I started blogging, most of my friends and family weren’t really interested in my rambling about the latest cake I’d baked or the delicious meal I cooked for dinner so I came online. I’m very glad that I did as I’ve made some fantastic friends both online and offline through our shared love of food, taking photos of it and writing about it.
Most of the content on the blog at the moment (May 2016) is recipes, though I am now also expanding the remit of the blog include more photography and some longer length articles which I’ve titled Food For Thought. I spent 10 years of my life studying, researching, writing, discussing complex ideas. To some extent I’ve realised I miss it since I changed direction last year so I want to start incorporating some of this into the blog by writing about food related matters I’m interested in.
A quick note, many of my older recipes have photos that are honestly no where near as good as the photos I take now (some are terrible), but please don’t let that put you off reading them if you want to. Four years ago I didn’t have a clue what to do with a camera, I was more interested in the writing instead. Fortunately I got better with a bit of practice.