I go to a lot of cafes. I try and go to a lot of restaurants. A lot of other people do this too! I was very late to the food blogger game, so I don’t perceive myself as one even though I probably behave like one. I just simply like keeping my own blog about what I’ve experienced.
I don’t go to half as many places as food bloggers, so when I look at what they write about the food, and I compare it to what I can taste from my food, I wonder, am I doing it right? And that’s there my own cooking adventures come in. Every now and again I read up about hospitality, running a cafe/restaurant, and I also try and make the style of foods that I like! And then when things work, it makes me realise I probably do know what I’m talking about (most of the time) – I’m just not terribly confident with my own opinions – especially when it comes to my coffee palate. So my ultimate challenge and self-assurance I know what I’m doing? Cooking.
I base my cooking around my favourite cuisines (modern Australian/contemporary, Japanese) and whatever I find at the markets I visit. It’s highly seasonal and very much decided as I buy each ingredient. I only look up recipes if I need something exact (pastry, curd, tamagoyaki) and rely on my own eating experiences for flavour and cooking time.