(… and in print, too!)
As anyone who knows me personally will tell you, I’m a total introvert. A side effect of this is that it’s really hard to blow my own trumpet – possibly not so great for a freelancer! One of my mid-year resolutions is to have more self-belief and confidence in my worth as a writer, as a mother and as a person. If we aren’t our own biggest cheerleaders, who will be?
To that end, I really ought to share a couple of places where you can see more of my work if you enjoy following Chocolate and Chickpeas…
An Ethical Toybox: Chickpea Magazine
Chickpea Magazine is an American vegan publication which is, quite honestly, the most beautiful magazine I’ve ever had the privilege to be involved with. Not only are the recipes great and the features interesting, but it’s filled with gorgeous food photography and amazing hand-inked lettering. This is one of the magazines I’m more than happy to keep on the coffee table for visitors to flick through.
I was over the moon to be commissioned to write a feature for their Family issue earlier this year. It’s a subject close to my heart as we found it quite difficult to navigate new-parenthood while treading as lightly as possible, especially on a budget.
Grandma’s Stolen Brussels Sprouts: The Guardian
I’m not ashamed to admit it: when I checked my inbox and the acceptance email popped onto the screen, I did an excited dance around the house.
I’m really proud of this piece, partly because it was printed in the Guardian Family Supplement but mostly as it’s such a happy memory of my grandmother. On a writing course, one of the tutors once said ‘when you write about food, you’re never actually writing about food’ and I think she was right. Food, both cooking and eating, is such an evocative subject. It brings up memories of celebrations, traditions, family and experiences. Wring this short piece about my grandma stealing my sprouts was both joyful and cathartic to write. There’s even a bonus recipe, if you happen to like your sprouts boiled rather than roasted or stir-fried (they’re fabulous stir-fried!)
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That really is enough flagrant self-promotion for now. My little introverted self needs a nice cup of tea and a sit down.