About Nutmeg and Pear
When I first started this blog I spent forever choosing the perfect tag line. Something to sum up what this space was about. I'm a minimalist, but apparently not with my words. I chose. Eventually.
nutmeg and pear: the sweeter side of whole foods.
I think that says a lot of what you need to know. I like to choose simple, natural food. Lots of produce in season, spices, always whole grains, unrefined sweetness. Ingredients that are down to earth, and close to it.
- Maya xx
I'll say first that I love my two dogs more than anything... Prune and Suzi. They're ex-working labradors and cute. Sunshine through the clouds, and all that. I'm 18, in my first year studying law, it's ok, but I always wanted to be a writer or vet. Life takes funny turns, at most of which I'm still learning to laugh.
I take all the photos on the blog, probably not a good thing. I shoot with a very old but very faithful Canon 550D with a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens as my primary lens. I use the ubiquitous food photography lens, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM prime lens for blog stuff. I often use a tripod; a Vanguard Alta Pro which serves me well. I have shaky hands. Admittedly I'm an awful stylist (too impatient I guess) hence lots of photos of me making the treats, which can be pretty too. In a natural sort of way, like the recipes themselves.
I'd probably say my favorite foods were yogurt, granola, eggs. Smoothies. Always spices. Pears + pom seeds. Kale, spinach + avo. Honey. Nut butter is my vice, I eat it neat, out of the jar.
I'm a lot like your average health nut. I shop at the health foods store, put cauli in my smoothies, don't really eat wheat, I run every day and work out most days, preach kale. Dairy? I go goat, mostly. But I don't live in California, I don't frequent the farmer's market on Saturday mornings and I drive a black Mini Cooper. Saturday mornings? I run, I walk my dogs, then study. And I don't make my own almond milk.
my girl, Prune, wondering whether she looks Kinfolk enough
little suzi and that nose
Why Nutmeg and Pear?
I seem to build my recipe in the same way each time. Around some form of produce (something in season often), a main spice and some whole grains that, to me at least, are complementary. Add some natural sweetener (maple or honey are favourites, or an unrefined cane sugar) and that's sort of how I go. Pears and nutmeg are two of my favorite ingredients, they work well together. This blog was somewhat a legacy for my two dogs. I started it in late 2016, after Prune was very, very ill and we almost lost her to a near-fatal tumour and internal bleeding. I'd been wanting to start a blog for a while, and I knew that Prune; or Suzi, would want me to write, photograph, inspire people to make wholesome food. They're generous, they told me to share. Thats what I do here. Food, stories, thoughts, places. Prune is bold, elegant and showy, a bit like nutmeg. Suzi is sweet, mild and soft, like a pear. I'm the 'and' in between them, my happy place. Nutmeg and Pear is the three of us, together, always.
If you would like to contact me, just to say hi, or for anything else, I'd love to hear from you. There's a form on the site you can use, or feel free to email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org I am also on instagram, I would love to meet some of you on there. Thanks for just reading along, it means something to me.