Tonic and Soul. Those words summarise how we think of the kitchen and of food.
For us (and we know for so many people), spending time in the kitchen, preparing food with thought and purpose and enjoying the food we have prepared is one of the best ailments for what life throws at you.
And no matter how busy you are, no matter how tired you are, no matter where you are in the world or what language you speak, our bodies routinely hunger for nourishing food.
That’s what this site is all about.
Our emphasis is on seasonal and fresh cooking; taking the time to make things ourselves and enjoying that time; and where possible cooking our food outside over flames.
As well as posting recipes of dishes we love, some other content will pop up on the site from time to time, referencing our love of edible gardening, composting, fresh seasonal produce, hand-made ceramics (which we also make on the side) and traveling.
Why did you start the site?
Tonic and Soul was a site that we started for a few reasons.
First, we love being able to chronicle the things we come up with in our kitchen at home. Even if this site is only read by us when we’re trying to come up with ideas for our weekly meal plans, we’ll be happy.
Second, we love the act of spending time together in the kitchen, and hope to share that joy with others.
Third, at times we’re a little obsessive in our quest to develop certain recipes or hone certain techniques to improve what we’re making. We love the idea of being able to share those learnings.
Who are you?
We’re a couple based in Melbourne, Australia.
We met in a restaurant, where he (working there as head chef) made me the most memorable meal of my life.
I don’t work in hospitality, but always loved cooking. Some of our early dates were in his restaurant when it was closed, cooking together and eating a meal in the dining room of the closed restaurant.
Since then we’ve cooked countless times together and have been developing a repertoire of beloved recipes.
Who writes the recipes and posts?
To varying degrees, we each contribute to the writing of each blog post. We’re not intending to stipulate who is the primary author of each post. Rather, we want to follow the Lennon and McCartney route of attributing all posts to the both of us.
Can I feature or refer to one of your posts or recipes on my site or social media?
Thank-you. Yes, we would be more than happy (and so grateful) if you wanted to refer to one of our posts or recipes.
We hold and value the copyright to all of the posts and recipes on the site. If you would like to feature or refer to one of our posts or recipes, we would ask that you identify our site (http://www.tonicandsoul.com/), make it clear whether or not you have tried the recipe yourself, and do not use any of our photos (subject to having written consent from us to do so – on the topic of using our photos, see further below).
Who takes the photos?
Mainly he does. I take an occasional few, and also help (where I can) with ‘action’ shots and ‘holding’ shots.
Can I feature one of your photos on my site or social media?
Thanks for your interest in our photos. We’re so happy you like them and are interested in featuring them on your site or social media.
We hold and value the copyright to all of the photos on the site. Please contact us and seek our written consent if you would like to use one of our photos on your site. If we do consent, it will be on the basis that you attribute the photo to us and provide a link back to the site or the specific post the photo features in. We look forward to hearing from you.
Please feel free to pin any of our photos on Pinterest, attributing the photo to us and including a link identifying our site (http://www.tonicandsoul.com/). And while you’re over there, check us out at ‘tonicandsoul’.
What camera do you use? What lenses do you use?
We use a Canon 5D mk II camera, and for lenses we primarily use a Tamron SP 24-70mm 2.8 and a Canon 50mm 1.4. We only shoot in natural light, predominantly in our kitchen and dining room, and keep editing to a minimum.