Natasha Bull is the author, recipe developer and photographer behind the food blog Salt & Lavender.
Natasha Bull grew up in a home where her Czech mom cooked everything from scratch. She developed a keen interest in cooking by watching her mom, but strangely enough, that same childhood experience did not rub off on her younger sister. Natasha picked up enough tips and tricks from her mom that she felt prepared to feed herself after moving out on her own when she finished university. Other domestic tasks? Not so much. In the years since, Natasha has been honing her cooking and recipe development skills.
Natasha regularly read food blogs for a couple of years prior to starting Salt & Lavender in 2015. One day she decided that if others can do it, so could she! She had always dreamed of starting her own business, and this was the perfect opportunity. The thought of having to learn how to photograph food well held her back for quite some time, but now it’s one of her favorite things about food blogging.
Natasha’s blog is all about wholesome recipes that are (mostly) made from scratch and simple to prepare. Juggling the blog, a full-time job, a husband, and two cats has helped Natasha narrow her focus to easy recipes that can be made on a weeknight.
You can almost always find garlic, Kalamata olives, butter leaf lettuce, lemons, fresh herbs, and Greek yogurt in Natasha’s kitchen. She wishes you could also always find steak there.
When Natasha isn’t testing a recipe or photographing food, you can find her exploring warmer places (she calls Edmonton, Canada home) or thinking about what she’s going to eat for her next meal.
Natasha Bull Show Notes
Salt and Lavender
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At Elizabeth David’s Table – Elizabeth David
What did you do before you became a food blogger?
What did you go to school for?
What about your grammar, do you have stellar grammar?
When did you start blogging?
How did you pick the name of your food blog?
When you first started, how many times a week did you publish a post?
When did you decide to go down to two?
Did you find a decrease in your Google Analytics when you went down to two, or did it stay the same?
How many drafts do you have in place to be published at any given time?
Do you have people help you with your company?
Once you started, how long did it take you to start making money?
What is the hardest thing you find about blogging?
What do you love most about blogging?
Do you have any aspirations to leave your job and do this full time?
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
Is there any advice that someone has given you that you wish you had heeded?
What is your biggest food failure?
What is your favorite cuisine?
What would be your last meal?
What is one thing that you can’t live without in your kitchen?
What about a favorite cookbook?
Natasha @ Salt & Lavender
Thanks so much for having me, Elaine!! It was a new experience for me, and I really enjoyed it despite being a bit nervous. 🙂
My pleasure Natasha! And you were fun and rocked the interview!
What a great podcast! Natasha is a great food blogger, I love her recipes and her blog. It was very nice to hear her story!
I’m glad you enjoyed it Tania! Yes, Natasha is awesome!
I really enjoyed Natasha! Totally love her last meal!! 😂
Haha. Yes, it’s a good last meal, Beth. Thanks!
I loved listening to this podcast! Natasha you totally reminded me of my own blogging journey. Along with learning photography and googles’ ever changing algorithms, I almost gave up on my blog during my second pregnancy. There were times that I would be photographing a recipe and would have to stop and lay down because I was on the verge of passing out. It was an extremely tough pregnancy. Along with that I had an energetic toddler who couldn’t keep her hands of my camera and eventually knocked over my tripod and broke the camera. I was so devastated! As hard as it was, I’m so glad I didn’t give up! I am finally at a point that I can look back and laugh about it a little 😂
I wish you lots of success on your blog Natasha! You’re doing a wonderful job, keep it up 😊
Wow, Dina! It sounds like you had a really hard time of it. I’m glad you can look back and laugh! Thanks for your comment. I just made sure that Natasha saw it!
Thanks so much, Dina!! I’m glad you didn’t give up on your blog. 🙂 It can definitely be tough at times, but sticking it out is totally worth it.
It was very inspiring to listen to Natasha, I love her recipes and blog, she was one of a few bloggers who inspired me to launch mine!