Friday, February 22, 2008

Food In Da'Hood...The Rize and Fall and Rize of a Ghetto Blog

I really didn't know what to write about today. This has been a pretty slow week where food is concerned. Hubby is away on business and I am not going to cook for a 4 year old and a 1 year old that eat about a tablespoon of food and then proudly proclaim they are done or "i don wike yat" (I don't like that). My 19 year old works most nights and will scavenge whatever is in the fridge in a ziploc container and whisk it up to his room like a hermit and eat it cold. I have had a few free moments the last couple of days to look at some other food blogs on blogger. I must of been in blog denial...........some of these sites are amazing. I look like ghetto blog compared to most of these........staged food, perfect pictures, desserts that look like they should be in a jewelry store window, comments galore on their sites. WOW to be like that. I felt inferior....thinking why am I even bothering. My blog is ghetto BIG TIME, this is too much pressure, no one really reads anyway, in the scheme of life is this really important???? No, perhaps I should quit blogging. Then I really got to thinking.....I didn't start doing this to "stage my food"........my food isn't fake. I am not making food for the readers. I make food for MY family and for MY creative outlet. I make food for US to enjoy not cyberspace. Don't get me wrong....it is nice to get comments good or bad, I don't get offended, but it is very easy to get caught up in this "my food needs to look picture perfect or I can't post it". I post everything.......the good, the bad, the ugly and the garbage. I think that is what sets me apart......I post my mistakes. I am not purrrrrfect. My food is not for magazines or tv.......my food is real. It comes out of the oven and we eat it like real people. I find a toasted cheeze just as interesting as a Filet w/a mushroom duxelle. I will crave a 'nilla wafer just as much as a light airy french macroon. I love going to McDonalds just as much as 1620 Restaraunt. I am the same no matter what I am eating or where I am eating. I am who I am. I say what I want....and post pics of what I want....I don't clean up my blog.......Of course, my favorite postings are ones that are about comical food experiences. I would much rather post a funny food story than a picture of something I have baked. But I am not a comic either........I can't just pull funny food stories out of my ass everyday of the week. Although that would be nice but not realistic. I started blogging to keep a food diary. My ultimate goal is to make homemade cookbooks to give each of my children when they leave the nest and I decided to start this blog so I would have an archive to pull from when I have the time to get this project started. The funny stories will just be an added bonus. Kind of like a huge food scrapbook. I think Snoop Dog would be proud.

~Of course, no one wants their food to look like a plate someone just threw up on either but it is what it is.

4 comments:

Lora said...

I love your blog and am always telling people what you are cooking or saying. Keep the writing coming-most of us are Down Home Cooks and pretty fascinated with what you are cooking and eating-except maybe McDonalds!

Tartelette said...

...and we love you for that!

Anonymous said...

um, count me in on the homemade cookbook! hahaha

Anonymous said...

This post cracked me up (as most of yours do). Write more! Take more pictures! Who cares what the other blogs look like (and btw, it looks great). Yours is fun! I just found your blog yesterday and I started reading it from the beginning and I'm sad to be almost current now. Blog on! cjw