The author of this blog is Monya Kilian Palmer, a chef and recipe developer based in Berkshire, UK. She is a passionate ambassador of the ketogenic lifestyle and created this blog as a hobby to share the original recipes she makes at home for herself and her husband. The recipes on this website have been carefully developed to allow you to stay within your daily macro goals, but starting the keto lifestyle means being vigilant about reading food labels and carefully measuring while you cook. Please invest in measuring spoons and a good kitchen scale if you do not already have them.
Monya and Funnyman started the ketogenic lifestyle in May 2018 and have since lost a combined total of 18kg/ 40lb (as of today, 06 Oct 2018). They limit their carb intake to no more than 20g carbs per day and enjoy a diet feasting on fatty biltong, salmon, steak, avocado, bacon, butter coffee and BBQ meats, along with plenty of high-fibre vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.
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“For as long as I can remember, I have had a love affair with food. Preparing, poaching, peppering, cooking, chopping, snipping, salting. It has always been about food. My very first love.
As a teenager, my friends spent their pocket money on clothes and music. I bought food magazines and recipe books. When we all started working and earning money, they bought beautiful clothes, while I spent my hard-earned moola planning and hosting dinner parties. Not much has changed over the years.
And just as our mothers warned us, sometime in my early thirties, I woke up one morning to find Santa never gave me Nigella’s latest cookbook for Christmas, instead he left a lard-ass in my stocking and another chin under my tree. And he never took the cookies and beer I left him – the bastard took my metabolism instead. (Oh how I miss her!)
And then I discovered keto.
The Ketogenic diet (high fat, low carb), also known as LCHF, or Banting (for my South African readers) is the only one that suits my lifestyle and – more importantly – is sustainable. And believe me, I have tried them all…
Why Mud and Love
An odd name for a food blog I know, I know… it’s weird, but I just love it. It has a nice ring to it, and an even nicer story behind it. This is my opportunity to name-drop a little, so please indulge me and read on.
After several years in graphic design, I enrolled in culinary school, but interestingly never with the intention of becoming an actual chef in a restaurant kitchen. I still can’t be sure if it was because I cry if people shout at me, the infamous chef’s-ass, or simply the lousy hours.
A little while after graduating culinary school, and after a small stint at a great restaurant group in Cape Town, South Africa (where I am originally from), I worked for 3.5 years at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen in Bray, Berkshire. It was incredibly special time and was everything I ever dreamed of – I learned so much! My role in the beginning mostly lay in recipe testing, editing and styling, and then moved on to a project management role.
Anyway, every morning, as part of regular meetings to unleash creativity, the five development chefs and myself would have various brainstorm sessions.
This was around the time the phrase “brainstorm” was frowned upon and soon became known as “mind-dumping” (which then became my new favourite phrase.)
To cut a fat story thin, one morning we had to list our favourite smells. There were the usual ones: freshly-cut-grass; freshly-baked bread; freshly-bathed baby… etc, etc,. But I confidently claimed “the underside of my dog’s paws!” When the chefs turned to me, I dreamily stated, “They smell wonderful! They smell like mud… and love!”
And I challenge any dog lover to disagree.
PS. Chef’s ass is a real thing – google it.”
Monya lives with her husband, comedian Mark Palmer and their two beautiful pooches in Berkshire, England. She founded SOIGNÉ Consulting in early 2017 – mainly focussing on recipe development and is kept very busy providing original content (recipes, food styling and photography) for clients all over the world. She also fills the role as private chef to an international athlete several times a year. Monya rejoined The Fat Duck Group as Content Editor on a part-time basis and is thrilled to be back in Bray working on exciting projects. View Monya’s portfolio and read client testimonials at www.MonyaKilianPalmer.com
When she isn’t pottering around in the kitchen or hard at work being her husband’s comedic muse, she can be found in front of her easel where she satisfies her other passion – but that’s a whole other website…
All photographs and recipes on MUD AND LOVE are copyright © Monya Kilian Palmer
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