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

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, and all that. I'm 19, in my second year studying law, it's ok, but I always wanted to be a vet or writer. Life takes funny turns and I'm nowhere near figuring out the endgame yet.

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 lots of photos of me making the treats. Luckily they can be pretty too. In a natural sort of way, like the recipes themselves.

I'd probably say my favorite foods are yogurt, cookies and eggs, but, like, separately.  Smoothies every day. Always spices. Pom seeds. Kale, spinach + avo. 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. 

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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 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 find... something. Dogs share everything. Love, joy, wet fur, whatever. Thats 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. My sister says I'm a loner and I say I'm just quiet. A dreamer, a  thinker and a listener. I draw on my hands, write song lyrics on any paper and like long, fast drives on country roads. Hate the radio, love hip hop, matte black cars and weirdly expensive sneakers that I don't have the nerve to wear. 

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

I keep quotes like petals, and scatter them around. 

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 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.