Six years

six years

Today is a special day – it’s my sixth blog anniversary. 🙂 🙂 🙂

I normally post a cake, but I don’t have one this year because we’ve been away and I actually forgot that this was coming up.

Instead, here’s a little behind the scenes post. This was meant to be longer but I ran out of ideas, so if you have any burning questions – go for it.


I always love seeing other people’s photo set ups. Have you ever wondered about mine?

set up

Here it is!

I’m really, really, really fortunate to have quite a bit of natural light in the living room via the glass double doors (and about a billion windows – the window situation in this house is slightly ridiculous).

The two big sheets are just painted plywood – one side is black and the other is white. There’s two pieces of white cardboard as reflectors, and I hang a translucent curtain to diffuse the light.

I do have an off camera flash, which I used a lot in the early days of the blog, but very rarely nowadays. I tend to plan my photo taking so I can use natural light – a bit of a pain in winter because it means I need to have cooked/baked by 4pm at the latest so I can take photos. (All recipe food bloggers are nodding in agreement right now.)


Most photos on the blog are taken with a Nikon D90 and the main lens I use is a 35mm 1.8, which is on the camera 95% of the time. It’s small, it’s light, and I like the focal length. I like it a lot.

For any non DSLR shots, the iphone has replaced my point and shoot because it’s so convenient. And the photo quality isn’t bad if the light is good – camera phones have really come a long long way.

For photo editing: Lightroom Lightroom Lightroom.


I generally blog from the dining room table or the couch – very non glam. There’s normally a cat (usually the fat dumb one) on my lap, although as you can see from this photo, right now the skinny cat is on me.

They like to help.


And finally… here’s my spork collection – so far.

Why sporks? To be honest, I’m not totally sure.

I’ve always liked the word spork – I find the sound of the word very pleasing (weird, I know). Plus there’s an elegance to the utensil that not many appreciate since it’s mostly considered to be this daggy, uncool plastic thing.

But look at them – they deserve to be appreciated.

Six years in and this is my 684th published post. 🙂 When I first started, I thought I would get bored after a while, but so far it hasn’t been the case. Blogging has given me a lot over the years, but the things I most appreciate are the people I’ve met and the friendships I’ve made.

And the creation of the spork collection. That comes pretty close too. 😉