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

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.