ABOUT


ABOUT ME
My name is Heather. I am Canadian born, from a small town located in Southern Ontario. The things I miss most about my home are: the sweet juicy summer peaches, the big bright red beefsteak tomatoes, the corn on the cob, and my family of course. In 2010, Brent (my husband) and I moved from Victoria, BC Canada to Seattle WA, after spending 10 glorious months on an extended once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon traveling through SE Asia, Europe, and Egypt. Since then, we have explored many different countries, which I talk about in detail on my TRAVEL page. Travel is something that is very important to me. I love learning about new customs and cultures. It's where I gather inspiration for new recipes.

In April 2014, we bought a house here in Seattle. It's a 1902 craftsman, with a lot of character. We now spend most of our time fixing it up, in the garden, etc. Travel has been a little sparse these days, but I'm hoping things will change in the years to come. My hobbies include cooking, hiking, camping, and travel. Things I eat often: fresh fruit, fish tacos, seedy bread, chocolate yogurt from Trader Joes, and sandwiches. I will never say no to dessert, even if I'm full. That's what the second stomach is for, amiright? We are expecting our first child, a baby boy, Sept 15, 2015.

EDUCATION
I graduated with an honors degree in Foods and Nutrition from The University of Western Ontario, and a degree in business. I completed a 10 month internship at the University of Alberta allowing me to become a Registered Dietitian in Canada, and now in the USA. As well as being a dietitian, I am also a food photographer, a food stylist, and a recipe developer. My education, as well as work experience as a dietitian have taught me a great deal about food, nutritional sciences, and food psychology. I've spent time counseling clients on healthy behaviors, and it is a part of my career that I really enjoy. I also enjoy developing recipes and photographing food, which is what led me to this blog back in 2010.

ABOUT THE BLOG
I started this blog back in 2010. I was waiting for my green card, unable to work in the US, and it was a way for me to express myself creatively and keep busy. I have always taken a keen interest in photography, and food was something new to photograph. Since then, this blog has grown into so much more. It has been a way for me to connect with people: other bloggers, readers, and nutrition professionals. I have made so may new friends, increased my cooking knowledge, photography and writing skills. It's pretty cool to be able to go back and look at the progress I've made over the years. You will find a variety of recipes on this blog from Salted Caramel Bundt Cake to Creamy Avocado Pasta. I try to stick to fresh local ingredients (which can be challenging in the winter months), and try to cook things that require minimal effort, because I love food in it's most natural form. Sometimes I get really inspired, and I will do something crazy like make homemade bagels, or corn tortillas from scratch. And on those days I feel like I can take on the world. But most days, I am just trying to prepare something for my family that is quick, wholesome, nutritious, and pretty to look at. I am what you call a Pescetarian, someone who is vegetarian but also eats seafood.

PRESS
My work has been featured on Williams-SonomaThe Cooking ChannelGlamour Magazine,  Cup of JoMother Magazine, Food 52, Buzzfeed, Apartment 34, Food and Wine, The Kitchn, Camille Styles, The Huffington Post, SaveurBLEUBIRDDobra BranaMADEWELLNEET MagazineBetter Homes and GardensFine CookingMartha Stewart Living, and Expedia. In 2014 the Flourishing Foodie was nominated by Saveur in their annual food blog awards for best original recipes, and in 2015 Most Delicious Recipes. 

FAQ
What photography equipment do you use?
I use a Canon 60D dSLR camera with a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens. My tripod is a Manfrotto 055 PRO tripod with a Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball HeadI shoot with artificial light. I use two Einstein Flash Units, one with an umbrella, and the other a medium soft box. I communicate with my lighst through a Cyber Commander, and two CyberSync Transceivers. Stay tuned for a post on artificial lighting. 

How do you edit your photos?
I edit my photos using Lightroom and Photoshop.

Who designed your blog?
I designed my blog myself. Brent is a software engineer, so he occasionally helps with the tricky technical aspects. My blog is hosted through Blogger.

How does one become a Dietitian?
To become a Dietitian, you will need a credited university degree in nutrition, a completed internship, and then pass the national exam. Here are some good resources. Becoming a Dietitian in Canada. Becoming a Dietitian in the USA.

I am planing a trip to Seattle, do you have any recommendations?
I wrote an article for Expedia describing my favorite places to eat at the Pike Place Market. If you want some recommendations for other areas in Seattle, send my an email and I will get back to as soon as possible.

What are a few of our favorite restaurants in Seattle?
Tallulahs, La Cart de Oaxaca, Delancey, The Harvest Vine, Sitka and Spruce, The Whale Wins, Lark, and Wild Ginger are a few of my favorites.

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