Hi, my name is Heather. I live in Seattle with my husband Brent, my son Sebastian, and my labradoodle Ody. I was born in a small town in Southern Ontario in Canada. My childhood was pretty low-key. I spent the weekends running around the forest and riding my bike with the neighbors. Quiet country life never seemed to suit me that well, so as soon as I could, I moved to the city.  I now spend my days exploring Seattle with my toddler, renovating our house, developing recipes and gardening, which is pretty much my dream come true.

I graduated with an honors degree in Foods and Nutrition from The University of Western Ontario, and a degree in business from Humber College. I then completed an internship at the University of Alberta to become a Registered Dietitian. 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.

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 photographing food was something new to me. 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. 

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. 

What photography equipment do you use?
I shoot with a Canon 60D dSLR Canon 5D Mark IV camera with a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens Canon EF 24-70mm. 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 lights through a Cyber Commander, and two CyberSync Transceivers

How do you edit your photos?

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 planning 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 I can.

What are a few of our favorite restaurants in Seattle?
Tallulahs, La Cart de Oaxaca, DelanceySitka and Spruce, The Whale Wins, Lark, Cafe Flora, Odd Fellows, and Wild Ginger are a few of my favorites.

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