I’ve just realised it’s been almost a month since I posted anything, and I’d like to apologise for being so silent.
I guess it’s a bit of a knee jerk reaction to the whole Masterchef phenomenon. Being an ex-reality TV contestant is a weird space to be in. I was with Masterchef for 9 months in total, which is not only a massive chunk out of my life, but also enough time that being in the Masterchef bubble oddly became my reality. I’m hoping it’s not going to take 9 months to get back to normal!
Such a huge commitment has really driven me to try and make something worthwhile out of the experience. Instead of turning up to the opening of an envelope, I’ve been doing work experience at local radio stations trying to leverage this exposure into a radio career (in my defence I do have a Journalism degree, so it’s not completely outrageous). I’m also applying for an ABC cadetship (serious long shot, but keeping fingers crossed).
I am, of course, still cooking, but I seem to be taking great delight in cooking for me, not for Masterchef. What this seems to mean is vegetarian food. It is pretty surreal to me that I cooked and ate so much meat on Masterchef, I cooked steak the other night and only managed to finish half of it as it seemed so strange to be eating a big chunk of flesh. I still hold by my decision to eat meat, I still think that it’s OK to eat meat occasionally (as long as it’s ethically sourced) but I can’t see how eating meat twice per day, every day, is a good idea. The weird thing is that after trying so hard to cook and eat meat on Masterchef, I now feel kind of ashamed about reverting to vegetarianism. I think it’s because there’s a lot of pressure in Masterchef to be a part of the ‘food snob’ world, and in that world food isn’t worth eating unless it’s an endangered animal that has been sous vide and then covered in butter. Preferably served with crackling and a small flower.
I don’t really know what this blog is going to turn into, but I’ll keep trying to shake off my fear of being typecast as the hippy vego and maybe even get the gumption to post some more recipes someday soon.