How do you do? | food talk

 IMG_3153 Hi there, my favourite readers and blogger friends! Today I’m going to start with a post I’d like to bring back more often: food talk! This is a chance for me to get to know you, and to give an update of what’s going on in my life. I’ll share some of my favourite blog posts from the internet, some cool recipes or Instagram updates… Who knows!

I was at my parent’s place when I found these AMAZING vintage (real real real vintage from mothers great aunt or something) teacups etc. and I decided it was time for a little photography practising 😉 I made some tea and took everything outside in the sun! And you have to admit it looks sort of British, those teacups and saucers… That’s why I figured “How do you do?” would be the perfect title! *insert British accent*

When I started this website 3 months ago I used to write more “Life” posts as well. Nowadays I’ve limited that, and usually just write a quick introduction with the positives/negatives of my day in a recipe post. However, I’d like to do food talk like this more often as well 🙂



Back to school

So! About my life. I told you before that I was sort of going back to school and it’s now really happening! The classes I follow now are about the project I still have to hand in, so I have to pay attention… Still scary. I’m busy with something that’s called Strategic Management (I’m a hotel school student) and it’s pretty tough. But as long as I keep my head clear and don’t try to do everything at once I will manage, or at least that’s what I tell myself ;p

I also still have to finish Spanish, both oral and a written grammar exam. I know I’ve started way too late but I feel that it would be better to focus on one thing at a time right now. I don’t want to get overwhelmed like I did before! Life lesson learned. I’m no superwoman and no one expects me to do magic: I am allowed to do things at my own pace.


Therapy sessions

Yup, still quite busy with those sessions. It has really helped me to see that I
A. block and ignore all my feelings,
B. raise the bar for myself to nearly impossible heights and
C. pay more attention to what others need, thereby sometimes losing sight of what would be good for me. Apparently, the reason why I started doing all this is because I’m afraid to be lonely.

It’s already taught me a lot, but it can be quite tough. I mean, I constantly have to focus on those memories of loneliness, who would like that?! So sometimes I’m an emotional train wreck, lol! But it’s helping. I’m getting there!


I’m so in love with blogging! I really like seeing the views and comments go up (and then down, and up again) on my website and Instagram.

Sneak peak! 👀 recipe for this delicious cake will be online soon…

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I still love writing and I’ve made some sort of system and overview in Excel that helps me plan ahead. I know that now that I’m getting busier with school I can’t blog as much anymore, which is a bit sad… I’ve planned Wednesday as my standard “no blog post” day, so that I only have to write 6 blogs a week.

Oh, and I have a new hobby: shopping for props! I was already quite good at buying kitchen appliances and cookbooks (other girls buy clothes, I buy a food processor and a quiche mould) but now that I have this blog it’s all about the napkins, linen, bowls and you name it. I’ve gotta start clearing out some closet space for this…


Good things

I know my photography could use some work but I’m quite busy trying to improve on this. I’ve tried submitting some photos to foodgawker and tastespotting but of course I didn’t have any luck. However, I quite liked the photo for my Rice bowl recipe so I’ve sent that to food websites too… And it was accepted!
My bell pepper soup at healthy aperture:

Food stuff

Saved posts and recipes

Now that I’m very active on Pinterest (find me by clicking this link), bloglovin and Instagram I find so many blogs I love. O my goodness, I don’t have time to cook and bake all of the things on my list! I’ll share with you some of the best posts I found lately.

Just click the title and you’ll go to the page!


The shelf life of food – visually
If you, like me, always wonder exactly how long you can keep that piece of chicken in the fridge and if you should or shouldn’t leave eggs out on the counter, this website is here to save the day. It’s a quick overview of how long you can keep certain foods and leftovers: convenient!

How to perk up older veggies and herbs – The pioneer womanIf we’re talking about storing our foods properly we might as well learn how to get new life into those greens, right?

Stop crying over chopped onions – food52I think we could all use some tips like this, to prevent looking like something terrible happened….



Why coffee flour may be the secret ingredient you’ve been looking for – food52
Quote: “the flour is an answer to some of the greatest food issues: sustainability, nutrition, and fair trade”. Watch the movie on the page: it explains everything!


Peek inside our prop room! – Spoon fork bacon
One day, I swear to it, I will have a prop room like this. I NEED!


Homemade roasted veggie cream cheese – how sweet it is
The title pretty much says it all: it looks so delicious!

Red velvet cupcakes – sorted food
Need I say more?! Sorted food is the website where my cooking adventures started.

Most popular blog posts of March

Two tone chocolate bark with Easter eggs

Life update: facing my fears

pizza fries
Pizza fries

Honey glazed carrots

How about you?

Okay, I’ve shared quite a lot of information… Now it’s your turn! How are you doing? If you have any favourites or blogs we should read, feel free to let me know!

Ever since I started blogging I’ve actually spoken to some people on Instagram or in the comments, so much fun! Don’t be shy to send me a message about anything, even if it’s about anxiety. See you next time?

xoxo Vivian

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8 thoughts on “How do you do? | food talk

  1. I really loved this blog post, you dive right in.
    I’ll tell you how I’m doing. I’m okay- baby is keeping me really busy. As well as food photography and my blog. But it keeps me motivated.
    Thank you for the food talk

    1. Thank you so much Krysten! That’s kind of how I am, lol.
      Awww, I can imagine! Do you take enough time for yourself to remind? I know, blogging is so much fun!
      Hope to see you around soon again 🙂

    1. That’s so nice to hear, thank you! I would like to bring back a post like this more often.
      Ohhh yes, if I’m not stopped I’ll spend all of my money on those pretty napkins and plates and and.. Haha! Glad to know I’m not the only one!

  2. I love blogging also! Since I’m new at it also I definitely find it a challenge to fit it all in. Between a full time job and two kids it makes blogging difficult sometimes, but it is so much fun! I loved the personal post, I think it lets your readers have more insight about the person writing. Keep it up!

    1. I totally get how you feel Angie, it’s hard to know what to prioritize. But I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it soon!
      That’s very kind of you, and really nice to hear!

  3. Good luck with school! I know how busy it can get. Tips for taking photos outside..use a light diffuser to scatter the light, it will get rid of harsh shadows 🙂 Love the tea set, by the way. I have a set I’ve not taken out of the package in a couple of years because I am too scared to break it!

    1. Thanks! I’m curious how it will go.
      Ah, great tip! I do too, it’s so cute with the flowers. Such a shame! I felt so fancy drinking tea out of these cups, haha!

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