Meet les gaufres, also known as waffles. These are from the North of France. You might have seen them here before, but they are making another appearance in my blog because I was lucky to have some more recently.
Indeed they don’t quite look like the typical Belgian waffle, the type that usually comes to our mind when we think of waffles, dripping in chocolate and ice cream. Thus the danger with these waffles. Whereas the Belgian waffle looks dangerous so you have only one big hearty one, these look quite inoffensive so you eat one, then another, and then you have to put them far away from you otherwise you might not stop.
What is this Writing Process Blog Tour thing in the title of this post about? I was nicely surprised by Priya at Sugarfree Sweetheart when she passed me the baton to write about my writing process. I adore Priya’s blog, she writes about recipes and tips for diabetics and makes the most cutest illustrations to go along with them. Do check out her blog and say hi to her if you haven’t seen it yet.
Now I have to answer some tour questions.
What am I working on at the moment?
I’m sorry to be a huge disappointment but with regards to my blog I’m not working on anything big and inspirational at the moment. I wish I could say something spectacular (like Priya) but not really. However I am working on an epic food bucket list, motivated by Genie’s one, so you might want to watch out for that whenever I get around to finishing it. This means that I’ll be cooking many new delicacies because I’ll have a list to remind me of what I want to do.
In my piano life I’m working on playing some Chopin pieces. Ok, I’m always working on a Chopin piece or another. In my working life I won’t bore – or excite – you with the details there.
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
My blog began as a culinary blog. I would say that it differs from others of its genre because it has developed into the space where I chit chat tirelessly about non-food related topics, trying to ensure that most of the time they may be enriching or even educational.
Or at least just interesting.
Why do I write what I do?
Due to the fact that I come from a multicultural background and have lived in too many countries, I frequently have oddities to write about. Perhaps someone out there in this world might find them interesting.
Apart from cultural issues, I tend to also write about my piano music and anything else I feel I want to voice out. My topics are rather broad indeed. Just browse through my blog and you’ll see.
With regards to writing recipes, about 80% of my recipes are truly simple and with fresh ingredients. As most of us live in a world where we feel like we’re always short of time for everything, I want to prove that homemade cooking can be quick and easy to make.
How does my writing process work?
I’ll break this down into three parts, not exactly in this order.
1) Writing. I made a promise to myself a while back that if I didn’t have anything deemed interesting enough to write about, I would not write any posts.
I’m not sure if I should call these moments writer’s block because I’m not a professional writer that must pump out a written piece before a deadline or is writing a book. When I am unsure of what to write about, I think: is this what writer’s block is? I feel quite devastated when I have nothing interesting to say, because does that mean that my life has become boring?
In summary, my writing process starts off with an idea of what I want to write about.
2) Photos. With regards to recipes, I’ll make anywhere between 3 and 30 photos. Ok, I say 30 but I’ve never counted. Then comes the part that I enjoy least out of the whole process: choosing and editing the photos.
Until now I have never published a post without a photo or an image. For mysterious reasons, I don’t dare publish a post without one. This means that apart from having something to say, I need some photos of my food to write a recipe, or a photo or image of something else, whatever it is I want to share.
By the way, I nearly omitted the waffle photos and description in this post. I nearly turned this post into my first image-less post. But I didn’t.
3) Cooking. Obviously this part comes before the photo part and is not linked to the writing my real life tales part. The problem with me is that I’m quite a spontaneous cook.
Don’t worry, I’m very good at cooking, but I just throw things in, usually without measuring, and inventing the dish as I go along. My sixth sense knows how much of each ingredient to use. I’m bad at following recipes properly, so I seldom do so.
You might be horrified to realise that I just cook food, photograph it, eat it… and then when the time comes to write the recipe on my blog I baffle myself trying to remember how much of each ingredient I had put into it.
Once these three points above are put together, I press the publish button. Even though I have probably revised my text at least 23 times beforehand, this is when I usually realise I have made some mistake. Does this happen to anyone else too or is it just me?
Voilà. As you can see I’m very human and I feel disorganized when I read through this text to revise it for the 23rd time.
My nominee for continuing this tour is Mabel Kwong. Mabel is a young talented writer. She is also multicultural and lives in Australia. I can often relate to the cultural issues she writes about, or at least I enjoy reading her points of view. I’m passing on the baton to Mabel. I hope she wants to continue the game because it would be great to see what she has to say about her writing process.
Thank you for reading!