Shoot first, eat later! No. This doesn’t mean we have developed a passion for ‘Big Game Hunting’, heaven forbid.
What it is telling you and me both is that Erik and myself are hopeless bloggers. We take time creating and cooking nice meals, enjoying the aroma wafting around the kitchen, try and plate it up so stylisly (Masterchef has a lot to answer for) that even Michel Roux Jnr would approve. Next we sit down at the table and eat the lot. Before we photograph it! So many times this has happened.
What’s wrong with that, you may ask? Well, if you’re a food blogger, you need food to blog about, preferably your own. And that’s where we let ourselves down. But not this time. A few blogs ago, I wrote about the recipe for Chestnut and Butternut Squash Risotto and used a picture from the internet. But guess who for once remembered to photograph the meal before they ate it. That’s right – us!
Not only did we photograph it, but I remembered that I had some great Emma Bridgewater plates with the word ‘Risotto’ written around the edge. Have a look at this picture now. The risotto was delicious, but – note to self – add lots more Crushed Sage, Wild if possible. We once went to Kefalonia, and behind the beach found acres of Wild Sage, so we picked it and put it in the food carrier we had with us, dried it on the window-cill of our little Greek house in the olive grove, then packed it in our luggage to bring back home. Guess who’s clothes smelt of Sage when we unpacked? But that Wild Sage had the most fantastic taste, and lasted in a big jar for ages.
So for us, we hope, we’ll remember more often to ‘Shoot First, Eat Later’.