Why I started abitmoreveg
I think the name of the blog gives it away – I want to eat more healthily. I already eat a fair amount of fruit and veg but the problem is that on top of that I also eat a lot of snack foods or sugar-laden stuff. Mostly it’s just out of habit but I tend to feel tired a lot and this sort of food will give you energy in the short term but, as we all know, it totally wrecks you long-term. I know that after about 3 months of eating well I will feel much better but for some reason getting down to it and actually doing it is … well, it’s so difficult I’ve created a blog specifically to force me to do it. I want to develop vegetarian recipes that use simple, everyday ingredients (i.e. you should be able to find them in your local supermarket). I’m not vegetarian but I hope that by focusing on vegetarian dishes I’ll eventually have a whole range of really healthy dishes and snacks and also I enjoy the challenge of creating vegetarian recipes that taste as good, if not better, than the meat version.
Another reason why I wanted to start abitmoreveg was that I wanted to create a food blog that had appetizing pics of the food alongside accurate, and easy to follow recipes. Taking good photos does not come naturally to me and I have a terrible habit of working on a recipe, finally getting it just-so (how I like it) and then just enjoying the meal, forgetting to record the recipe straightaway so by the time I sit down to put it to paper I’ve actually forgotten half of it. It’s very annoying. For abitmoreveg I have a new routine to ensure this doesn’t happen anymore; I write up the recipe before I try to make it and then adjust it as I go about making it just-so. I know, it’s so simple, I must be the only person who didn’t start off this way.
So making sure the recipes are accurate isn’t so very difficult, but I must admit the photography side of things still is. I just don’t have “the eye” as they say. That said I still enjoy trying to take good shots. I used to use a simple point-and-click camera but I bought a DSLR camera (a budget one) this year. I felt a little foolish buying one but I had read posts by so many other food bloggers that recommended using one that I decided to just try one and see for myself. I was certain it was going to money down the drain. That old saying
a poor workman always blames his tools
kept running around my head. After all how much difference could a camera make? Turns out maybe the poor workman has a point because, while I’m still not great at setting up the shot or making sure there’s enough light, my photos looks much better. That nice blurred background effect you can get, that’s the camera. I don’t know half the features yet but still … it makes a big difference. It’s now four years later and I still don’t know any more of the features – but I love my camera.
Why I stopped posting new recipes in 2016
I have another blog – twimii.com It’s a messy and unfocused little food blog where I post about … whatever … whenever. I love it. At the time I set up abitmoreveg.com I was annoyed with myself about how many of the recipes on twimii were incorrect and I wanted to set up “proper” food blog because food blogging is a very enjoyable pastime; it’s a bit creative, a bit educational and … a bit daft.
With abitmoreveg I did start recording my recipes correctly and I discovered some good dishes – I’m quite pleased with the tomato, olive and mushroom lasagne – but I’m no longer as interested in coming up with “new” recipes. I say “new” because inevitably I’d find some version of what I’d come up with online. And often it was – *sigh* – better than what I’d made.
In 2016 on twimii I posted some recipes from recipe books which were, obviously enough, a lot better than my dishes and since then I’ve felt more enthusiastic about learning new recipes than coming up with them. Originally I started creating recipes on twimii to find dishes to eat on a strict detox and when I stopped the detox I kept just coming up with recipes because it was fun.
I’ve stopped posting recipes from recipe books now. Mostly because I’m jealous of how much more popular the recipe book recipes are compared to mine. But it’s made me realise I should learn more from other people’s recipes so going forward I think the recipes that I post will be adaptations of other people’s dishes – although who knows maybe I’ll get more inspired by the stuff I learn – although that will still be an adaptation really, won’t it? I’m also going to post them on twimii rather than abitmoreveg – just because muddling my way through things seems like content that’s more suited to twimii.
Going forward with abitmoreveg?
I’m going to keep abitmoreveg going – at least for a little bit. I was going to close it but I liked the recipe inspiration posts I had abitmoreveg – which I don’t do on twimii. At the end of last year I moved all the recipes from here to twimii and I plan to change all the posts on this site to recipes inspiration posts so for example the page that currently has a guacamole recipe (which is very easy, very tasty and very good for you – give it a go) will now link to the guacamole recipe on twimii and will also link to other different guacamole recipes that I found. And I’ll have a new recipe inspiration post each month.
To celebrate this change I’m going update the look. Hope you like it when it’s done and I really hope enjoy the different recipes you find here.