My Food Story
The story of my love for all things food began many years ago. When I found myself getting irritated by the evil habit of eating the same things over and over.
I made the decision to try at least 1 new recipe a week. To start with it was a little overwhelming. Many meals turned into dinner for the bin, and a takeaway for me and my husband.
Eventually, even after the inevitable disheartening, I began to enjoy it. The learning was something I hadn’t experienced since school. And I assure you, that’s something I thought I would never enjoy!
This came as a huge shock to my parents. As I was literally THE most fussy eater as a child!
Once I got into the swing of things, and really began to enjoy it, I started to host dinner parties. There’s something so gratifying about hearing your loved one’s compliments and yummy noises isn’t there?!
So I endeavoured to continue the 1 new recipe a week ritual from then on. To keep expanding my foodie horizons.
My next personal foodie milestone was visiting two award winning restaurants in my home town of Nottingham. I’d never tasted food like it before. Heck, I’d never even heard of half the ingredients! But wow, it tasted incredible!
Later that year, I bought a book by John Campbell called Formulas for Flavour How to cook restaurant dishes at home (affiliate link). Which immediately prompted an elaborate dinner party, crafted by myself and my Dad (a fellow foodie).
Creating a 3 course dinner from this book isn’t easy. Just choosing the dishes was difficult enough (as they all looked amazing!). Then learning how to create each element, using new ingredients and techniques. And a week’s worth of prep was intense to say the least!
The amount I learnt in that week was phenomenal. Both my Dad and I felt an all consuming buzz at everything we had achieved. It turned out far better than we ever expected. I was genuinely proud and yet, shocked, that we had actually done it!
The following images are the results of all our hard work. Do bear in mind that cameras weren’t as good then as they are now!
A year or so later, on a sunny Spring day, my husband suggested I start a food blog. And Kitchen Mason was born!
That’s where my food story began, but fast forward to 2015, and my daughter Matilda was born. Life changed for the better, but became substantially more hectic.
All of a sudden, the elaborate, time consuming recipes became a thing of the past. And most recipes I created from then on (and still do to this day) are quick, easy and delicious!
Somehow it’s now 2023. We’ve lived through a global pandemic (that was interesting) and Matilda is now 8 years old. I’ve learnt a lot over the last 10+ years of blogging. The main thing, is just how much I LOVE creating new recipes for you!
I currently spend more than half my working week focusing on my blog, and creating interesting, easy to read content that will make your life easier.
So if you’re looking for quick and easy recipes with everyday ingredients, easy to follow methods, helpful tips and more – you’re definitely in the right place!
Welcome to Kitchen Mason. I hope you enjoy my recipes as much as I enjoy creating them for you!
Until next time my lovely, Emma x