I’m back already!
We had a wonderful, easy, early, filling, healthy dinner – that will hopefully bring us some good fortune this year. It worked last year: Forbidden Rice + Luck.
I simmered up the last of a bag of dried black-eyed peas in honor of New Year’s Day along with the rest of a bag of large lima beans this afternoon, not really sure what I wanted to do with them. I also made some short grain brown rice and was craving greens, so we bought a bunch of collards to go with the tradition.
Once the beans were tender (having simmered for an hour – I’ve given up on soaking beans + grains and just simmer them until they are edible), we tossed them in some Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce, S+P.
The collards were steamed in some chicken broth ice cubes from our freezer and seasoned as well.
And we topped it all with some greek yogurt. I love yogurt on anything savory!
My dad got me a bag of Jelly Belly beans, which I used to love when I was in middle school, and I just uncovered them! I had to have a few samples. I love anything white or pink and hate most of the greens and yellows, although they’ll all get eaten in time. Toasted Marshmallow and Champagne Punch are by far the best flavors!!!!!!
What’s In A Blog?
I received an email today from a reader who is thinking of starting a food blog. She asked me about the time and effort it takes to run a food blog and suggested I share my response publicly for you all to see. I hope it might be useful –
Q: I’m thinking about starting my own food blog, as I think it would be a good way for me to stay on track and continue my weight loss (I reached the 100 lb mark a few weeks ago…yay!) How much work is it to do what you do on your blog? It is majorly time consuming? Does it ever feel obsessive-compulsive or annoying? I hope you don’t mind sharing your thoughts with me. Could you maybe share my question with your blogging community? I think that’s part of the reason I want to get in on this. I love reading about how you all support and love each other, even if you’ve never met in person.
A: Congrats on 100 pounds!! You’re a rockstar
Blogging is very time consuming – but the amount of time depends on your readership and the amount of detail you put in your posts. If you’re just going to post photos, it won’t take you more than a few minutes a day. It only takes 10 seconds to snap a few photos before each meal. But if you’re going to post 3 times a day, type up recipes and answer> questions and comments for each post (which often require research!), then you’re talking part-time job hours. I probably spend 20-30 hours a week at least “working” on KERF. But since I have put the time in, the blog has grown so that I earn money and it’s all the more worthwhile.
I think food blogs serve their best purpose as creative outlets rather than actual food diaries. It’s probably not worth the time and effort if you are doing it just for your own records, and you might burn out quickly. I write KERF first and foremost out of a love for creativity – in the kitchen, as a writer and as a photographer. The blog really had very little to do with keeping me accountable when I started it – it has always been more reflection and a way to share my love of food.
But if you are searching for a new hobby AND a way to keep yourself accountable, then you could certainly give it a try and see how you like it. Start with a free WordPress.com blog like I did and if you love it, take it to your own domain and make it professional.
All the best,
Since we’re on the hunt for more egg recipes these days, can someone recommend a method to make a perfect poached egg? The kind that’s a little package with a soft yolk in the middle surrounded by white? I’ve never had eggs that way but they always look so yummy on your blogs!
I’m excited to have a quite night of a bath and reading – The Blue Bistro (that’s for you Kelly L!)