In a sea of healthy food bloggers, Laura Wright of The First Mess has carved a niche all her own as not only a gifted writer and photographer, but an unstoppable force in the kitchen. Her recipes can be described as healthy, rustic and always adventurous.
Every time she announces a new post I rush to begin poring over every word, taking in the breathtaking photos and then finally skipping down to the recipe to savor every ingredient she lists. If you stop by Laura’s blog, I have a feeling you’ll do the same. She simply never disappoints.
I’ve been following Laura’s blog for about a year now and have always wondered where she draws her inspiration from. This week I finally got my chance to ask. We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Laura about how “The First Mess” came to be and how she approaches food, health and life. Here’s what she had to say.
Why did you start your food blog?
I graduated from a nutritional culinary program in Toronto and had been working in restaurants for a while, so I was definitely passionate about good food and healthy living. The blog began as a creative outlet where I could share some aspects of deep nourishment from my experiences – vibrant flavors, whole food/plant-based cuisine, and gathering around the table.
How would you describe your approach to eating/health?
My approach is rather seasonal, going along with what my body needs/wants throughout the year. I try to think about how the food will satisfy me in a whole body/mind sense – aesthetically, nutritionally, ease of preparation etc.
Have you always had an interest in healthy food or did it come later in life?
I have! My family owns a local foods grocery store that highlights seasonal produce and we always have a huge, beautiful vegetable garden in the warm months.
What is your favorite (or a few of your favorites) food/ingredient to use in the kitchen?
I’m Canadian, so maple syrup is a no brainer. Extra virgin coconut oil, nut flours, citrus of all kinds, hefty sourdough bread, farro, leeks, chickpeas, tempeh and really good quality San Marzano tinned tomatoes are some other favorites.
Has blogging changed the way you view food and cooking? If so, how?
It’s given me a new perspective on simpler, more humble foods. Sometimes it’s okay to want something easy.
Favorite recipe to date?
This French lentil soup with pimenton and tarragon. It never gets old.
What are three healthy recipes you’d like to share with our readers?
Laura is the fourth in a series of spotlights on healthy food bloggers. Be sure to check back next Sunday to meet another healthy food blogger in our midst.