Guest post – Un peu de Provence



Un peu de Provence

Hi, guys!

Andreea at the keyboard. I’m Mihai’s lovely and modest girlfriend and today I’m taking his place in this yummy little world.

I’m not nearly as good as Mihai in the kitchen area, but I do love experimenting and throwing anything at the tip of my hands in a pan.  With great results in most cases!

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Muffin Tin Baked Eggs with Mozzarella, Bacon and Mediterranean Herbs



Muffin Tin Baked Eggs with Mozzarella, Bacon and Mediterranean Herbs

Aren’t these the cutest things ever? I adore them! I’ve been wanting to bake eggs in a muffin tin for so long ( I don’t know why I didn’t do it sooner ) that I can’t even remember the day when the idea popped in my head. But, nevertheless, here they are! Fluffy and full of flavor.

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Resources for Food Bloggers



This post is all about the tools and resources I use on Simply yum. I know how hard it is for you as a food blogger, especially if you are at the beginning, to find information about what to write or how to photograph food or how to promote your posts, so I’ve put together this list of tools and resources to help answer some of your questions. Let’s call it Food Blogger 101.

1. Starting a Food Blog
2. Great plugins
3. Driving Traffic
4. Food Photography
5. Your thoughts

Disclaimer: Some of the following links I provide are affiliate links and I will earn a commission if you purchase through these links. I’ve listed the following products because I use them and I strongly recommend them.

1. Starting a Food Blog

Bluehost is the hosting company I use to store my WordPress blog. They are simply amazing for beginners, having low rates and a very helpful customer service. They also offer a free domain, which is very sweet. Check out this easy tutorial on How to start a food blog with Bluehost.

WordPress Free Themes – This is a great starting point if you’re on a low budget. There are over a thousand themes available for download and with a little luck you will find the right one for you. To save time try filtering the results to your preferences.

2. Great plugins

Easy Recipe Plugin – I don’t know what I would do without this plugin. It is pure awesomeness! With it you will have no trouble adding new recipes, editing old ones and showcasing them in a beautiful layout that you can customize however you desire.

Pinterest for Images – This plugin adds a Pinterest button to your images. The great thing about it is that it shows the button only when you move the mouse over the image. Check this tutorial on How to add it to your blog

3. Driving Traffic

Facebook – I know this one is so obvious that it shouldn’t even be here, but it is! A Facebook page is like a business card. If it’s attractive it will certainly land you visitors!

Pinterest – This social platform simply exploded! It’s the place to be right now, so get a “Pin it” button on your pages so your readers can share the delicious recipes they find on your blog and be sure to pin the recipes that you discover on other blogs.

FoodGawker and TasteSpotting – These two websites are the so called food porn sites. They have millions of visitors each month that search for recipes and food related stories. To be featured you have to creat an account (it’s free), upload a photo, give it a description and wait for approval. If your image gets approved chances are you’ll receive a great amount of traffic to your blog.

4. Food Photography

Think of your food photography this way. When you go to a restaurant and your dish arrives at the table, you can see it, you can smell it, you can taste it and with these in mind you grade it, right? Visitors browsing recipes on your blog can’t smell the food or taste the food, they can only see a picture of the food. Make sure it is beautiful, because they can only grade a dish based on its appearance. So, what you need:

A digital camera – I currently own a Nikon D7000 and I strongly recommend DSLR cameras even if you’re a beginner, but if you have a point and shoot it will do the trick.

Adobe Photoshop – No matter how beautiful an image comes out of the camera a little retouching won’t hurt. I know this product is a bit expensive, but it is worth the money. You can try it out for free to see how it works and if you like it I say you should go for it.



Natural light – It is your best friend! I always shoot food near a big window. It is the best approach if you would ask me. The images come out bright and full of life, so whenever you can, shoot with natural light.

5. Your thoughts

I’m looking forward to hearing from you. Maybe you know something that isn’t here and you wish to share it with everyone, leave a comment bellow.

Zucchini and Mozzarella Rolls



Zucchini and Mozzarella Rolls

Summer squash. This is basically the theme today, and when I say summer, I really mean summer. It is so damn hot right now, I can’t even describe the feeling. It is pure madness, but luckily, I’ve found refuge in a bar where they have the awesomest ice coffee in town and good quality music to go along. So I won’t be complaining any more!

Let’s talk a bit about the zucchini rolls. Use a peeler to slice the squash, it will make your life a lot easier. I didn’t have one at hand, so you can imagine the battle I had to endure. If you manage to slice them thin enough, and of course if you like the taste you can eat the zucchini raw. I prefer them cooked on a grill because I love the flavor the grill gives to food.

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How to Add a Pinterest Button for Your Images



How to Add a Pinterest Button for Your Images

You might have seen this feature on my blog or on other blogs and might be wondering… why would people add another Pinterest button to a post if they already have a social sharing bar or buttons at the bottom or top of the post?

Let me share my view on this. Besides the fact that it looks cool and it makes your pages more dinamic, it also improves a lot the functionality. Think about it, you go to a blog and see a post with lots of images and maybe you only like two of them and want to pin only those two. You scroll all the way down or up to find the social sharing bar and when you finally find it and decide to click on the Pin button a window crowded with thumbnails appears and you’re just like “are you kidding me?”.

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