2016 has brought a lot of big changes to Recipe Nomad! Where do I begin…
- I started working for Shanghai Family Magazine, creating recipes and doing an occasional feature story. To date I’ve written 10 recipes and 2 features. I love working with Shanghai Family Magazine and I can’t wait to do more articles this year. Once upon a time I wanted to be a food stylist and a journalist- who would have thought all these years later I would be doing just that in Shanghai, China!
- Back in February, I took Recipe Nomad off of a free blog site and moved it to a self hosting site with a new look. I am so happy with the layout and the general look of the website. It was a lot of hard work but it paid off in the end- actually I lie. I paid a company to do all the hard work for me. Website building isn’t my specialty- it’s food. WPZOOM is great at building websites so go talk to them if you need help. I’ll never forget when I accidentally deleted my whole website- it was a tedious 4 hours until they could fix it but I learned a big lesson that day… don’t mess with a websites backend if you don’t know what the hell your doing.
- I have a WeChat Account which probably means nothing to everyone outside of China, but in China, it’s essential for communicating and sharing info. No VPN needed. I won’t get blocked by the Great Fire Wall and people can automatically subscribe to it and get messages on their phone whenever I post.
- I got a new logo thanks to my wonderful former neighbor/babysitter who was ridiculously patient with my indecisiveness. But in the end she did a fantastic job and I love the new look of the Recipe Nomad logo!
- I stopped taking photos with only my kitchen light turned. A big accomplishment! I bought a photo box with good lighting. Instantly my photos were brighter and prettier! I have a long ways to go still with the photos but I’m so happy with the results. As I’ve always said, it’s about the recipe not the photo! There’s nothing I hate more than an overphotoshopped food phot that when you make the recipe it looks nothing like the photo. What you see is what you get. No surprises. No overphotoshopped photos. Want your dish to look like mine? Buy a photobox and a good light. That’ll do the trick.
- Oh and I can’t forget that I threw out those hideous green plates from IKEA. With the bad lighting and the green plates, the photos from early 2016 were bad. Just bad. White plates are a food bloggers best friend!
So what are the big plans for 2017? I have a few ideas but I need some help from you…
- I want to start sharing with you more adventures in Shanghai by visiting different markets, specialty stores and groceries. Where is your favorite place to buy groceries in Shanghai? Tell me where to go!!
- Connect with more food vendors! There are some great food vendors out there providing Shanghai with anything from food from their native country, fresh produce, yogurts, and so much more. Who’s your favorite vendor?
- A What is That section. We all come across lots of crazy things in China from produce to meats, legumes and other interestingly packaged items. What is it? How could you use it? I’ve done a few articles like this – Buddha’s Hand and Black Garlic. But there’s so much more out there. What have you seen out at the markets and stores that you are like What is That?!
I also want to know WHAT DO YOU WANT TO SEE ON RECIPE NOMAD? Send me a message, comment below, stop me in the street and tell me! You are all so great!
I’ve learned so much in 2016. I love blogging and creating recipe after recipe that I know you’ll love.
So thank you. Thank you for reading. Thank you for commenting. Thank you for your support!