Don’t you blog addicts find that after following your favorites, one tends to create these cyber- relationships with each blogger? I do. I sort of have an image in my mind of what each blogger looks like, how their home is decorated, what car I imagine they would drive, what they do on the weekend, and every time I go onto their site, a picture pops up in my mind with a personality profile and header!
Hopefully over time, some cyber-friends will become real ones, and will not get listed in my directory under ‘imaginary friends.’
So a little about me:
My name is Lisa-Jane and I am a forty something mum of two beautiful girls, one already at varsity, and the other heading there soon. So the nest has started emptying, and blogging is helping to fill those voids.
My husband and I have been married for twenty one year’s this year. Yip! My childhood sweetheart!
I am an interior designer and stylist by day and a nocturnal blogger in my spare awake hours. One or two days a week when the brief require a stylist, I do photographic styling for the industry. My husband is a professional photographer, so a lot of the time I get to work with him, which is great. Oh and in between, if you haven’t noticed I am obsessed with food!
He specializes in food and interiors, which is right up my alley as I love making anything and everything look beautiful. Our home has slowly evolved into a ‘prop’ store room and our once designer kitchen is now a hard working test and preparation kitchen for all the recipes we test and then style to photograph.
Most of the photographs on this site are taken by us, unless otherwise credited. (www.vaughanadams.com) The not so good ones by me with my snap and go, and whenever I can, I sneak my cooked creation into the studio and give my hubby those big puppy dog eyes and cocked head sad -look and say ‘pretty please, it won’t take long….it’s for my blog’. Being the awesome guy he is, he patiently moves his work aside, and gives me some attention. Especially if the offerings are to become his lunch!
Attention to detail is my middle name, and it has become a bit of an obsession with me. I think I drive my family, friends and clients mad as often I can’t help myself from re-arranging their furniture, grocery cupboards or re-plating their salads after raiding the garden to find anything pretty that is edible or can add a touch of ‘wow’ to the plate.
If you keep coming back to my blog, hopefully it will mean that we are on the same page, and probably will like similar things. So I hope to inspire each and every one of you to enjoy life to the max and to over gild every lily you find along the way. The rewards will be two fold as it will give you a rush of good endorphins for making the effort, and the person or persons on the receiving end will get the same warm fuzzy feeling.
If you would like to contact me, do so on firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment after the posts you enjoy. That way we can get to know one another.
What’s with the blog name?
After hours of domain searching and no lunch, I decided to take a break and make a cuppa tea and my favorite comfort food – fresh white bread toasted to perfection and covered with lashings of salted farm butter and Marmite….I reckon this would be the last meal I would request if I was getting the lethal injection.
Suddenly it dawned on me that Marmite on Toast sums up exactly what this blog was going to be about.
The simple pleasures in life!
I hope to feature beautiful food that anyone can prepare, wish we were there places to add to your Bucket Lists, and anything stylish and desirable I can lay my hands on. Being a stylist and enjoying making everything look extra beautiful, I will do my best to go that extra mile in styling and creating images for you to admire, dream about but mostly I hope they will inspire you to have an occasion, and make something out of nothing.
Disclaimer and Copyright:
Life is not all roses, and although I plan to keep this blog about all things bright and beautiful, I must warn all and sundry that I am a Cancerian, through and through.
I am a home body, get tearful and emotional often, and spend my life making ‘housey -housey’. However, I have a ‘witch side’ that hides deep in my skeleton cupboard and I would not like to have that multiple personality visit anytime soon!
That will be me if you try and use my ideas as your own, without credit, linking back to this site or without permission from myself. Especially my husband’s wonderful photography which should also be credited and linked to www.vaughanadams.com. So please don’t.
Rather contact him or I directly and ask what it is you are after. I am very proud when someone likes the work we do and will oblige most often. (Please read this before you print anything!)
With regard to publishing recipes as ‘my own’, this has probably been the one and only reason I have delayed going live for the past few years. It is hotly debated, often. So I am going to ramble on here a bit.
I have researched as much as I can about copyright, and in brief this is how I see the ‘my own’ recipe thing.
My own recipes are like my own children. As mothers we constantly research the best way to bring up our children from past generations and present peers, and ‘bake our own batch of people.’
How they turn out in the end will depend on whether you stuck to the same recipe your mother or grandmother used, or whether you moved with the times and changed a few ideas or methods. Either way your method would have been inspired from some beginning.
The end result is ‘my own’ child. (Thank goodness I have had no flops there!)
Of all the thousands of recipes I have cooked, I can hardly say that all have been created solely by me. I have a collection of recipes collected over time that have either been torn out from a mag while at the dentist, recipes scribbled down as the chef sort of tells me how he makes it, and an entire sideboard of local and international magazines and recipe books that are dog eared and smeared with cooking splatter. I also move in circles where the people, I am sure, were all Master Chef Winners in their past lives. Many of these blogs will be inspired by occasions with them.
So all of these creations began with a start, and if I have the origin, all credit will be given to the recipe author or publications that deserve thanks. They became my own by fiddling, substituting, being lazy and leaving out things, or being over the top and adding more ingredients. Having learnt so much while blogging , I am now paranoid about making a note in my ‘stick in book’ as to where the original came from, whether it be scribbling a recipe down off the ‘telly’, or jotting one out of a ‘mag’.
I would be delighted if you used any recipes on this site for your own private home use, and even more delighted to hear back from you about them, but please remember the witch clause above!