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!
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.