On this blog
I’ll be writing about the things I love: cooking with natural foods, eating seasonally and sharing wholesome meals with the people in my life. Cooking and cuisine have always been at the heart of fine living, celebrating the community and its efforts. A meal has never been anything to take for granted in my life and this blog is a greater reflection of that simple idea.
My name is Laura and I live in the Niagara region of southern Ontario. My home sits between a peach orchard and a vineyard–millions of peaches, wine for days, good life. I went to culinary school, but learned considerably more about food and being in the world from working in restaurants and growing up with agriculture. I have a staggering/embarrassing collection of cookbooks and food-related literature.
On the name
“The First Mess” is taken from M.F.K. Fisher’s An Alphabet for Gourmets, where she refers to the arrival of the first run (or mess) of peas in early spring as “the day with stars on it.” Her sincere appreciation and thoughtful writings on food are such a marvel to read, time and again.
My stuff has been featured on The Huffington Post, SAVEUR, the Martha Stewart Living Blog, Daily Candy, Gourmet LIVE, The Guardian, The Kitchn, Food 52, A Cup of Jo, The Food Network Blog, and a few other places. I’ve also developed recipes for Clean Eating Magazine, Wilder Quarterly and the Toronto Vegetarian Association. You can check it all out here if you like.
On the photos, etc.
A lot of people have emailed me about photography equipment and such. I’m by no means a professional (like at all), but the actual camera stuff is listed below for anyone interested. Generally I aim for a natural light situation and sometimes I’ll use a piece of white poster board to reflect some light around. I also process the photos in Adobe Lightroom and I play around with the Visual Supply Co. (VSCO) film emulation software too.
Body: Canon EOS 5D Mark II (link)
Lenses: Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 (link)+ Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 (link)