Holaaa! TummyTroll turns 2 today :) Time really flies… It seemed like just yesterday when TummyTroll turned 1 on 8th April one year ago. Just a quick recap on the blog’s ups and downs the past year:
TummyTroll found its niche in recreating Singaporean/Malaysian local dishes! In addition to our favourite Chai Tao Kway, Kaya Puff and Chwee Kueh recipes in the first year, we made a couple of other local dishes from scratch as well:
TummyTroll is on Instagram!
Setting up an Instagram account was probably one of the most significant moves TummyTroll had taken. Really grateful for all the support and encouragement on Instagram so far :) TummyTroll’s Instagram account was only set up last November. Which means it’s only 5 months old as of now! We’d been updating Instagram much more often than our actual blog because it really is much faster – Almost all of the photos are taken with our smartphones then swiftly edited with some photo editing apps. It is possible to even upload content while we are on the go, making it much more convenient. It is also a much easier platform to communicate and connect with other like-minded food enthusiasts!
Detractors & Difficulties
Let’s be honest to admit this – It is not easy to maintain a blog like this. Not at all!
At the end of the day, the cooking is really just one step of the entire process. Prior to that we also have to purchase food ingredients, and get down to food preparation (which can be really complex and time-consuming for certain dishes… Think Duck Confit). After that, we have to invest a lot of time and effort into taking photos and editing them, writing detailed recipes and instructions, then uploading them onto the necessary platforms.
All along TummyTroll was established to share our learning journeys with our friends and families… For our own fun really! We then started writing recipes because our friends found the step-by-step guides useful when they tried to recreate a taste of home. We are really doing this as a hobby, but unfortunately we’d also had some detractors who doubted our cooking abilities, our recipes, and even our passion for food. It is, to say the least, pretty disheartening. No need to turn nasty if you don’t agree with what we are doing! Be more loving, people! ;D
Detractors and difficulties aside, it’s really been a pleasure seeing TummyTroll grow, and growing together with it as well! Thank you for taking the time to read this entry to the end :) We will also take this chance to announce: We are on hiatus again! Well, we’d love to blog about our food more often, but the final exam period is coming up and we need to study hard for now… Haha, guess our blog also follows the student calendar. Fret not as we’ll still be updating the Instagram account constantly, so do follow us there too! Exciting new changes are coming up on TummyTroll, and we’re excited to announce it when Summer finally arrives. Till then, farewell! :D
On behalf of the rest of the TummyTroll contributors