Hello everyone! Some of you may know me from my previous lifestyle blog, The Vintage Housewife, and I thank you for coming and taking a look at my new one! For all you new-comers, I’m really excited to get to know you all, and I hope you enjoy what I’ve got in store 🙂
The reason I have decided to set up Leftovers For Lunch, is largely inspired by a recipe book I bought this weekend – Deliciously Ella. Again, some of you may have come across Ella in the blogging world, as she shares her journey from struggling with a very nearly debilitating illness, to coming out bright and happy the other side all due to a huge and impressive dietary and lifestyle change. Whilst I’m not planning on going completely vegan myself, I am really excited to try out so many of her recipes, and I am loving reading through her blog – http://deliciouslyella.com.
One particular post which caught my imagination was her advice on how to start a blog, talking about her tips and suggestions based on her own experience. I’ve been writing The Vintage Housewife on and off for the past few years, but I’ve never really been able to sink my teeth into it or push it as far as I would like, so I was really interested to see what Ella’s thoughts were. A lot of them were fairly self explanatory, like engaging with your audience, the use of social media, but there were a few pointers that really got me thinking – the importance of focusing your subject matter, posting regularly the same time each week, and creating a balance of content on each social platform. I’ve often worried at how much I’m bugging my friends and family by sharing the same post on god knows how many of my accounts! And so, I started to think about what, of all the things I like to blog about, is the one subject that I really get excited about, that I could write about until the cows come home, but is diverse enough to keep readers interested. Was it vintage fashion? My day trips around the country? No, the answer was always going to revolve around my love of food and cooking. I am constantly daydreaming about what I am going to be cooking in the evening, I love nothing more than have good look through BBC Good Food magazine, and the last thing that will be packed away when I move in a few weeks will be my recipe books!
And so the idea evolved, there were so many things I could talk about – from my various recipe tests, to meals out and restaurant reviews. But I still wanted something to make it stand out just a little bit. I know I’m highly unlikely to come up with a completely unique idea to write about, but I still think an important part of making a blog really interesting for you guys is to have something that makes me a little different! Ta-Dah! Leftovers For Lunch was born! As a young married couple, starting out and trying to save as much money for a deposit for our first home, budgeting is certainly a very important factor in our lifestyle. But on the flip side, so is our passion for good food! I have gotten pretty good at working out how best to make my food work for me, planning weekly meals using leftover ingredients throughout, whilst maintaining the variety and quality of meals that is so important to us. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not about living on a shoe string – one of my cupboard staples is parmesan for goodness sake – but that’s where I think I can be of help to you all 🙂 My mum isn’t even that great at planning meals like this!
The plan is then, to share with you all my weekly food planning – don’t worry, I’m not going to write out my shopping list every week! Just the important bits that you need to know for the meals I’m planning, why I’m planning certain meals, and how much is from fridge and store cupboard leftovers. I’ll also be sharing any new recipes I come across that I love, and any other foodie experience I may have along the way! And as cooking is obviously such an essential part to all this, you may also notice the occasional Steamer Trading Cookshop posted about too 😉 So, that’s me saying hi to everyone, I hope you enjoy and maybe learn a little about making your food work for you 🙂 Lotsa Love! x