I have been going round and round in circles before sitting down to write this and I'm still not particularly happy with it but the sentiment is there.
I started this blog purely as an online record of my recipes, I hadn't read many blogs prior to starting this and didn't imagine that I would enjoy writing. As it turns out I have enjoyed the writing aspect, particularly the ability to simply write whatever I think about whatever first springs to mind.
This realisation coupled with the fact I have finished my life as a student and am about to embark onto the next stage of life, otherwise known as the world of work; has meant that I have stopped and tried to take stock of what I want this blog to be. Do I want it to be simply a record of recipes or do I want it to be more of a record of my thoughts and deeds? The blogs I enjoy most are definitely the ones which couple recipes with snippets and anecdotes of the authors life. But does that make this blog a purely selfish endeavour? Am I writing for me or for people to read? How do you get that balance right, between contextualising your life and over sharing? Do I want to commit to my blog weekly, monthly of fortnightly? If I commit to it does it become a chore of I don't commit will I tail off and eventually give up?
So many questions so few answers. I have spent the last couple of days trying to read more blogs in an effort to discover what it is I enjoy about reading others blogs and gain an idea of what I want to get out of my blog. Incidentally this week seems the perfect opportunity to do this, as fingers crossed in two weeks I will be starting my new job meaning I won't have much time, whilst right now I am house sitting for my parents. House sitting is usually as simple as feeding the chickens and walking the dogs, however on this occasion my mother has not only left me with her pedigree Lavender Pekin Bantum chicks hatching but also a working Cocker Spaniel with a broken pelvis.
After much consideration I have reached the conclusion that the reason I enjoy the blogs which I read, is because they provide a snapshot into someone else's life. So for those few moments that you are reading you can escape into someone else's world, compare your life to theirs and gain the inspiration to achieve your goals with a sense of belief that it is possible because here is someone who has done it. Be they small goals bake this, sew that, travel there or large ones such as transitioning from one stage of life to another. I guess what I am trying to say somewhat inarticulately is that for me a blog is kind of journal, sharing your trials and tribulations with you both know and don't. That no matter how exciting it is to receive invitations from PR's as your blog has now "made it" you need to be very careful that these don't take away from the essence of your blog, which should be a reflection of who you are and what you stand for. For me a blog is a personnel thing yes written to be read so reviews and recommendations are an important part of that, but primarily it is written as a cathartic reflection on the authors own life. Ultimately then a blog for me must be organic growing and changing as you do.
Anyway now on to the more important part the recipe.
This is truly one of the easiest recipes.
4 Racks or pork ribs
5 Inches of ginger
1 Bulb of garlic
100ml Soya sauce
3 tbsp Dark brown sugar.
Simply finely chop or grate the ginger and the garlic. Mix together all of the ingredients and marinade in the fridge for at least an hour but ideally over night. Cook on the BBQ for about five minutes on each side, you will need to watch them as the sugar will mean that they do catch. Then serve, if you are felling super lazy you can use one packet of chopped frozen garlic and one packet of chopped frozen ginger from Waitrose.