nutmeg-and-pear About Nutmeg and Pear

When I first created this blog, I spent forever choosing the perfect tag line. Something to sum up what this space would bring you. After wearing out the backspace key, I decided on nutmeg and pear: the sweeter side of whole foods. There's so much beauty in natural, unprocessed ingredients: produce in peak season, whole grains, nuts and seeds, spices. The moody rich purples of an autumn plum; the hope of spring in the first strawberry, a certain warmth and the visions of long July evenings in the smooth skin of a peach. The burnt caramel flavor in a muscavado sugar; the earthy hue of buckwheat or the soft nuttiness of spelt flour, maple and it's cozy log cabin associations. I honestly love sweets - desserts, baking, sweeter breakfasts, and these wholesome ingredients are at the forefront of what I make. I hope the recipes on Nutmeg and Pear bring you (mostly) sweet foods that are accessible, really tasty, and good for you.

- Maya xx

About me

Hi there, I'm Maya Kuijper. I always thought I'd be a writer or a vet, but life takes some funny turns and 18 years on, I'm in my first year at law school. I am owned by two extremely cute ex-working Labradors, Prune (7) and Suzi (4). They are fluffier than pancakes, and sometimes sweeter too, with an uncanny way of lying in front of the oven just when I need to open it. They like home-baked cookies, ginger and honey, like I do. I'm a morning person for sure, with a strange belief that the best things happen before noon. I love early morning runs, live for breakfast. I have an alarmingly large collection of cookbooks, and journals from circa 2002 which I can not bring myself to read, or to chuck, so my room is a bit cluttered.

I travel quite a bit, often with my sister Layla (who travel blogs over at the wonderful Sunlight on My Skin) so I hope to share some of these travels on Nutmeg and Pear too. In case you're getting bored of my enthusiasm for oatmeal.

I take all the photos on the blog, which may or may not be a good thing (probably the latter because I'm forever learning). 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. Admittedly I'm an awful stylist, I'm just 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. Berries + pears, maple, chickpeas + kale. Oatmeal, honey, any spice. Smoothies. Figs + dates. I snack a lot.

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 a healthy fat , some natural sweetener (maple or honey are favourites. or an unrefined cane sugar) and other goodies (nuts, seeds, chocolate, dried fruit) and that's sort of how 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. 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.

This is Prune, wondering whether she looks kinfolk enough

a pup in thought

suzi and that famous nose nutmeg and pear suzi

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 maya@nutmegandpear.com 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.