Welcome to Mel’s Food Blog! I’m so glad that you decided to stop by and check things out.
This is not your typical food blog. It is a unique collection of content about cooking delicious meals, eating real food, growing (some of) what you eat, and engaging in the food system. Mel’s Food Blog will feature a variety of posts. Some that are helpful and informative, some that are opinionated, and others that are purely for entertainment. All of it designed to help you eat better.
Here’s what you can expect to see:
There are recipes, of course. This wouldn’t be much of a food blog without them. The recipes I will post have been developed myself and tested by friends and family. They are intended to be relatively easy to make, and will usually feature an ingredient or two that is local to the Pacific Northwest. From time to time, I may stray from this. In addition to recipes, I will share cooking tips and tricks that I have found to be useful.
What to eat? A great question, but one that does not come with a one-size-fits-all answer. In this section you will find out about the foods that I eat. Currently, I am featuring a weekly series called Mel’s Box where I share the contents of my weekly CSA and what I made with it. Hopefully you will be inspired to try some new foods and support your local farmer where possible. I will also share general guidelines, tools, and resources to help you eat well. Information provided here cannot replace professional nutrition counseling. If you have unique nutritional needs or health concerns, I encourage you to consult with your own health practitioner.
I just started my first food garden last year and so far there has been slow, but steady improvement in terms of production. I would classify myself as an amateur gardener, at best, but his doesn’t mean that I can’t share my journey with you. I’ll let you know what I’m growing, how it turned out, what I cooked with it, and any other useful tidbits I discover along the way. Perhaps you can follow along. If you are an experienced grower and see me doing something wrong, please share so that we all can benefit.
If you eat, (and I’m sure you do) then you my friend, are a part of the food system. Your choices make an impact on the local and global economies and environment. I’d like to bring more people into the discussion about our food. Where it comes from, how it’s processed, who regulates it, and who has (and does not have) access to it. This is an important conversation to have. I hope you will join me.
A Bit About Mel
First of all, I’m not a food monk. I don’t believe in restrictive diets, except in cases of food allergies and intolerances. I enjoy all types of foods and love Michael Pollan’s words of wisdom that suggest the following: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Simple, isn’t it? In the past I have not been so wise as to follow Mr. Pollan’s advice. I have experimented with my diet, sometimes drastically (because why not try the Master Cleanse and starve yourself for 10 days?) and other times more modestly. I have eaten at McDonalds (gasp!) and do enjoy the occasional doughnut. In the end though, I have found that real food, prepared simply, makes me feel the best.
Diet choices aside, my background gives me a unique perspective on food. For many years, I worked in the hospitality side of the food business. In bars, hotels, and in catering. Front-of-house and back. I’ve worked with some really cool people and had the opportunity to be a part of some neat experiences. Recently I have moved away this fast-paced environment and am now working towards becoming a registered dietitian. I’m in my third year at The University of British Columbia and I’m really excited about the new direction my career is taking.
I’d Love to Hear from You
There is a lot of content already available for you to enjoy at Mel’s Food Blog. Have a look around – this will give you a good idea of what you can expect to see. I’d love for you to get involved too. If a particular post inspires you to share, please post your thoughts in the comments section. Questions? Feedback? Suggestions? Feel free to contact me anytime.
Thanks for visiting.