about Nutmeg and Pear

When I first started this blog I spent forever choosing the perfect tag line. Something to sum up this space. 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

About me

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. I'm at university right now, learning that life takes funny turns and I'm nowhere near figuring out the endgame.

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 the blog. 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 all the so-called 'process photos'. Who names these things? Luckily the process can be pretty too. In a natural sort of way, like the recipes themselves.

 I don't have any particular food restrictions, just choices and you're entitled to yours. As I said, I just like it natural, and produce focused if I can. I also don't really like to talk about 'diet types' and that kind of thing, it, idk, bores me. More of what people should just keep to themselves.

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my girl, Prune


little Suzi and that nose

Why Nutmeg and Pear?

This blog was somewhat a legacy for my two dogs. I started it 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 find... something. Dogs share everything. Love, joy, wet fur, whatever. That's what I try to do here. Share 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.

Otherwise? I like to travel. I go running most days, work out. Read a bit, dream a bit, listen and observe.

Melancholy and gray coastline, faded winter light, heavy shadows and bleak drizzle, dark knitted sweaters, lots of hip-hop. Maybe a matte black car next time. 

I collect quotes, a habit I've had for years and I often use them for closing off my posts because concluding my thoughts, oof, that's a lot to ask. My mind just. doesn't. stop. They're from songs, books, poems, reading around. Maybe you can't relate to me, since I can't relate to me,  but I think the quotes help.

I swam under water as if I really did not want to return to the surface, as if I wanted to stay below with the fish –Anaïs Nin

Like I said, melancholy.

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 contact page and I am also on instagram, for what it's worth. Thanks for just reading along. It means something to me.