Once upon a time, there was a hobbit who lived in a land the likes of which will not be seen again. This land was called New York City. It was a magical place, with many glittery palaces in the sky. And in that land was a tall glass tower filled with lots of office cubicles. One of those cubicles was the hobbit’s second home.
The hobbit was a unique creature called a blogger. What is a blogger, you ask? Well, the legends say that bloggers are story-tellers. Some bloggers tell stories about the universe while other bloggers record stories about people.
There are bloggers who write about poems, cats, doughnuts, games, traveling, architecture, the number 42, basket-weaving and flying purple unicorns. There are bloggers for every conceivable subject that you can think of, and topics that have yet to exist.
The hobbit thought he could blog about the things that were important to him. Things like LGBT rights and American politics. Occasionally, he wrote about food. He’d hang out with like-minded elves, dwarves and Men.
There was one problem though. Try as he might, the hobbit didn’t feel as if his writing was authentic. There were other bloggers who told better stories. He was sure there was something that could inspire him, if only he could figure out what.
One morning, after dreaming about a famous hobbit and his birthday party, he woke up and decided to blog about food. Or maybe that was his grumbling stomach which was in need of breakfast. He knew more about cooking and eating than he did about politics. He’d found what really interested him. What he’d been seeking was in front of him all along.
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This blog is a record of what I find beautiful. Most of it involves food.
I feel that true beauty exists in places where we least expect it.
It could be something as mundane as a pot of meatballs…
…or some diced squash…
…or a plate of Chinese greens.
Seasonality is important to me. It frames the rhythms of our lives. We are in a more perfect harmony with nature when we are attuned to the beauty of the world around us, as reflected by the passage of time and in the food we eat.
And what I find beautiful also involves cooking.
Cooking for someone — whether it’s a loved one, a friend, a family member, your partner or yourself — is a gift of beauty you can give every single day. We should all strive to give more of ourselves.
This is the story of The Spamwise Chronicles, a food blog and food photography blog devoted to the beauty of food.
The vast majority of recipes that you’ll find on this blog are simple, uncomplicated dishes that anyone can make. That’s the best type of food in my opinion — dishes whose ingredients sing out loud and clear, where the flavors speak for themselves.
Although I’m not a vegetarian personally, the blog also contains an abundant variety of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free recipes.
Every food blog tells a story: how it all began and where it expects to go, and the journey between the beginning and the end.
And every recipe is a story unto itself: you have your raw ingredients, you cook them in a certain order and produce something fit for a feast.
String together a bunch of stories, and it becomes a meal. The best meals are the ones that inspire you to create more of your own.
I’d love to have you along for the journey so that we can create more stories together.
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