Like many food enthusiasts, I’m huge fan of food blogs. I can’t help it. When I find one that resembles an expensive and stunning coffee table book, I’m hooked. Gorgeous photography, impressive art direction, ingredients that make you salivate, and an intimate connection to the chef’s inspiration, are the ingredients to a food blog done well. The First Mess by Laura Wright is just that. A native of the Niagara region in Southern Ontario, she does a brilliant job of bringing healthy, seasonal, and local dishes to your table. “Cooking and cuisine have always been at the heart of fine living…”, she quotes in her blog, and from the bountiful recipe index, generous amount of photos per recipe, and personalized story for each, you will agree that heart and fine living is what she truly embodies.
I remember clearly the first recipe that got me excited. It was the Lemon Rosemary Vegetable Stack and I’d be lying if my girlfriends (as well as myself) weren’t just a little impressed. OK, completely impressed. The earthy goodness didn’t just fill our tummies, it satisfied our souls. Energy food for the colder days in Canada is a prerequisite for keeping healthy and cheery.
Every time I open Laura’s blog, I transform into a kitchen ninja, and find my happy place. Creating and devouring these dishes is always a good time. Tickle your tastebuds at www.thefirstmess.com and enjoy getting to know the lovely personality that is Laura Wright.
You can also catch her over the next couple months at BuzzFeed Food sharing easy, vegan recipes as part of a spring vegetable correspondence!
A bit more on what makes her tick!
What gets you up every day?
This sounds kind of silly, but it's food! I work at a farm-to-table restaurant, run my natural foods-oriented site, love vegetable gardening when the weather permits, and do a lot of freelance food photography. I really look forward to making breakfast in the morning. I'm grateful to constantly be wrapped up in the varied realm of food--to make a living from it, to access information about it and experience new developments, and the ability to express all of that by feeding those close to me.
What is the blog's mission/manifesto?
To celebrate healthy and seasonal cooking in a way that’s approachable. I want people to look at one of my recipes and immediately think that it’s do-able and that it will make their life really great, in whatever tiny way.
If you were to grow your blog into a business, what would your vision be?
I've always imagined having a large property with a greenhouse, gardens, fruit trees, a bright eating area, and a barn kitchen--just a space to teach and grow with the community and to offer meals to those in need. Like a natural foods focused educational centre/meeting place.
How do you define success?
Having the privilege and good will to contribute positively in my lifetime.
What is the biggest challenge hosting this blog?
I enjoy the process because it's a purely creative endeavour--I don't run ads on my site, so there's no money coming in from it. Having said that, some of the recipes take a bit longer to capture and sometimes I feel like I have absolutely nothing to write about when I post. In terms of actual recipes, I get a TON of questions about ingredient substitutions that I can't always answer with authority because I've only made the recipe one particular way. It's a constant challenge with the recipes I share (typically vegan + gluten free), but I enjoy the engagement and discussions with people from all over the world. I never would have met or known otherwise.