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A year gone by and looking ahead

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It’s odd how things can change. Had I known upfront how my year would end I might have done things differently. Or would I? I guess that is one of those questions you can’t really answer. My year started off slow, at least professionally. Not a lot of jobs and I was getting worried until somewhere in april all tables seemed to turn and I had my busiest year ever.

Still sweet things for the occassional treat!
Still sweet things for the occassional treat!

I’ve shot so many cookbooks I can’t actually remember how many. Had commercial jobs, travelled the world and in general, had a lot of fun. I’ve been to Vietnam, Budapest, Kenya, England, Switzerland, France, Curacao and Germany. And I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting a few. Not forgetting Norway. Never forgetting Norway.

So it’s been a great year. And maybe that also makes it twice as hard to not know what the future will bring. I have no idea how long I’ll be out of the running in terms of work. I can still do a bit here and there so I do make some kind of income but it is frustrating to say the least as I have to rely on other people to do most of the work.

The future is uncertain and while I always try and keep my positive outlook in life, the reality is that I might never be able to walk normal again. I don’t think about that. It’s too far in the future and it might all be different. But yes 2016 is going to be a very challenging year. It’s a good thing I have my blogs as that – at least – is still making me a bit of money. Directly through sponsored posts (only on the Dutch site) or indirectly through recipe development. So I’m determined to make 2016 a good year as well.

As for the blog I’ve been spending more time on the Dutch blog. It’s busier than the English one, but I am planning on being more consistent with blogging here as well. And we’ll see where it will lead me in 2016. After all I have been blogging in English now for the amazing time of 8 years! No way I am getting rid of that… 🙂

Tom and I have all sorts of plans to do fun stuff, like recreate dishes from topchef’s. Think really difficult signature dishes, that we will – n0 doubt – mess up tremendously but all in the name of fun.

I will also be focusing more on simple and quick weekday meals, as that will be our main priority anyway, since Tom will be doing the majority of the cooking for a while to come.

Travel…. well needless to say I won’t be able to travel until I am back on my feet, so that hopefully will happen again the second half of 2016. We will see.

So I hope you will all visit here on a regular basis and I will promise to bring you delicious new things!

Have a good one!




About the author

Simone van den Berg

Food- and travelblogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Loves to taste good food the world over.
She also loves to share travelstories, delicious recipes and ok, cat pictures too. She sometimes feels the need to get really healthy for a while, always mingled with periods of insanely delicious sweets and other decadent treats.
Lives together with Tom and their two cats; Humphrey and Buffy.
Profession: Food photographer


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Hi. My name is Simone and I believe you can change your life by eating the right foods. I am a certified holistic nutritional coach, food photographer, recipe developer and story teller.
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Travel calendar 2018

March: Blankenberge, Belgium
April: 3 weeks roadtrip through East USA
May: Turkey
May: Germany
June: Germany
September: Newcastle