A bit about me

Hey there,

I always find these ‘About Me’ pages a bit awkward. You don’t want to seem boring and say ‘Oh, well there’s not really much to tell’, but at the same time you don’t want to come across as a massive big head. It’s difficult to get that middle ground just right… Let’s hope I can!

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Here goes… My name’s Lindsay, I’m 26 years old and I come from a pretty unexciting town in Hertfordshire that goes by the name of Stevenage. My apologies to anyone who does actually like Stevenage, I just don’t… sorry. I guess that happens a lot in a place you grow up in, you take it for granted when actually it might not be as bad as you think. Perhaps my reason for not being a massive fan of my home town is down to my university years. Back in 2008 I moved to Twickenham, Greater London to study Drama & Theatre Arts at a little university called St. Mary’s University College of Twickenham. I loved it. I’d always wanted to get out of Stevenage and be nearer to London and it was just as amazing as I thought. I spent a lot of my time going into Central London and completely fell in love with it. I guess it was around this time that my passion for food and cooking began to blossom too. I mean, it kind of had to, I couldn’t rely on my Mum for that any more! However, what a lot of students saw as a chore actually became my most favourite hobby of all.

I guess my interest in cooking did start slightly earlier than this though. My Nan was a huge inspiration to me and an incredible cook. Sadly she passed away back in 2005 but her love for cooking, especially homemade, family food is something that has stayed with me until this day and always will do.

After university I remained around the Twickenham area for a further two years and started to work as a waitress in a little restaurant that goes by the name of Jamie’s Italian… you may have heard of it? I owe a lot to this restaurant, as it is here that has encouraged my passion for food and cooking. Despite not working as a chef, it has taught me a great deal about Italian cooking leading to a definite obsession with all things Italian. Due to a small case of the ‘travel bug’ I left Jamie’s Italian in Kingston to travel across South East Asia for 4 months, which was without a doubt the greatest experience of my life. I now live back in London, in a lively place called Clapham and work for a travel company doing social media and content writing.

I’m not sure what I’ll be doing in the future, but what I do know now is I just love to cook. That’s what this blog is predominately about, a love for food and about the importance of always making time to enjoy food. We should be living to eat, not eating to live which a lot of people in the UK are very guilty of. We are well known as a nation for always being in a rush and putting careers at the forefront of our lives and I am here to say just CHILL OUT A BIT. Life is for living and a big part of that should be about food.

Let’s take a look at Italy as our role models here. This is a nation brought up to love and appreciate food. Eating is a massive social event and no matter what else is going on, there is always time to sit down with the family and share a fantastic experience. That’s what food is, an experience and it’s something that you share with the people you love. None of this TV dinner nonsense or ‘I left your dinner in the microwave’ rubbish anymore! We as a nation need to find our love for food again. And not just food but fresh, hearty, home cooked food. I hope that the recipes I post on this blog will inspire you to make some changes. I don’t claim to be a chef, I am just a girl with a big passion for food, and I hope that my passion encourages you to ‘Make Thyme’ to cook fresher, better and far more often from now on.

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13 thoughts on “A bit about me

  1. Rib Walter

    I would like to leave a comment.

    Is there enough food so that there can be one for me, and one for the king?

    If you could get back to me, it’s urgent.

    Nice blog.

    1. alwaysmakethyme@gmail.com

      Thank you Jessica 🙂 Of course, I’m always interested in reading other blogs. Will check it out!

  2. Lindsey Dickson

    Hi Lindsay, just a little note to say hello. I enjoyed reading your little bio and although I am a lot older than you I can still remember my nan cooking and wish I had asked her a lot more than I did. So glad you share her passion and hope your cooking career takes you where you want to go. Found you because of your Risotto on Twitter, it’s always been a favourite of mine and love trying new flavours. Thank you!

    1. alwaysmakethyme@gmail.com

      Thank you so much for the lovely message. I too wish I’d asked a lot more questions as I’m pretty certain there are a few secret ingredients in many of her dishes that no one knows about! Risotto is a favourite of mine too. In fact I think I eat it too much! Thank you for taking the time to write to me.

  3. anotherfuckingfoodie

    LOVE THIS!

    I too became food obsessed by waitressing during my uni years (still ongoing)! I believe you can learn so much by just watching cooks, being around food and inspiring role models (for you and I both: family) good luck with everything Lindsay!!

  4. Sophie

    Lovely bio, Lindsay, very exciting and inspiring. I started my food blog in August last year because I have a rather boring day-job and I wanted to focus on my creative passions outside of work, one of which is food. I absolutely love cooking, eating, taking photos of food and writing up detailed and intricate reviews on my findings and discoveries. However, I think my site lacks recipes so this is something I aim to rectify!
    I too am unsure of my exact career path, but hope that my food blog can help me figure this out. I wish you all the very best in your future endeavours.

    Sophie -x- (Sophie’s Scran)

    P.s. love the dinner party catering idea, very brave and I admire that!

    1. alwaysmakethyme@gmail.com

      Hey Sophie, apologies for the late reply! I’ve been having a little blogging break recently due to lots of different things happening. I agree and food blogging is such a great way to explore that creativity! I’ve been over to your website too (a few times actually) and it’s great – keep it up 🙂 xx

  5. Gavin

    Hi Lindsay,

    You’ve got a great blog and some lovely recipes, good to see you’re getting back into it, blogs are definitely a fantastic creative outlet, I’ve learned a lot through the work on mine.

    I used to live in Surbiton and also worked in Twickenham for 8 years until February, but now I’ve moved much more central into London there and couldn’t be happier, if you can get back in, do it!

    Gavin

    1. alwaysmakethyme@gmail.com

      Hi Gavin,

      Thank you so much, that’s really lovely to hear. I plan on being back in London this time next year… fingers crossed!

      x

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