Today’s Foodie Friend is Bella from the beautiful blog, Ful-filled! She and her husband run the blog, along with their electrical business in Northern California. She’s a real food advocate, creative cook, and talented photographer. When she’s not busy developing delicious recipes in her kitchen, you may find her at the park playing with her dogs or out foraging for unclaimed fruit in her neighborhood. Today, Bella’s sharing tips on photography, her favorite tools for editing, and some popular recipes from her blog. Let’s get to know more about her!
Tell us a little about yourself, Bella—
Hi everyone! I’m Bella! I live in Northern California with my hubby & our two dogs in the home that belonged to my hubby’s yiayia (grandmother). We have our own electrical business and we get to work together solving people’s electrical problems. When we aren’t doing electrical, we are typically spending time with our dogs or working on our blog Ful-filled.
How long have you had your blog and what made you begin blogging?
We started Ful-filled just over a year ago. The inspiration to start our blog came from several different things. My journey with food has been quite complicated. When I first started learning about the modern day food system I became extremely discouraged to realize just how far we had gotten from how things were intended to be. Food additives, factory farms, mono-crops, pesticides, etc. —the facts were overwhelming and I would say that as I started searching for ‘the perfect way of eating’ I was absolutely distracted and deceived along the way. Jumping into one ‘food box’ after the other left me totally lost and my hubby really frustrated. He has always been a much more steady grounded person than me. His opposition to me constantly re-calibrating our ‘food beliefs’ played a pivotal role in making me accept the fact that I didn’t know everything.
Long story short, together we reached a point that we were going to just eat real food. This meant getting out of my head and learning to trust my own body. Our bodies know what they need, we just need to quiet down so that we can respond to their needs. At this point in our journey, my hubby kept saying that we should write a cookbook so that we could share what we create in our kitchen with the world. Both of us love food and cooking and I had been a long time reader of food blogs. We had never considered having a food blog ourselves, but there came a day when I realized that the path to sharing our cooking with the world wouldn’t be though a cookbook, we were supposed to start a food blog! Coming up with a name for our food blog was not so easy because everything we thought of was already taken! One evening I was walking into our kitchen and I heard the word “ful-filled” (not audibly, but within my soul). I immediately looked up the definition and we knew that ‘ful-filled’ would be the name of our food blog and that domain name just happened to be available, so it was meant to be.