Foodie founder interview – Lucy – Lucy and Lentils

We are so excited to have the wonderful Lucy from Lucy and Lentils in the Foodie Founder hotseat today. Lucy left behind her career in interior design last year to follow her passion in food, something we all know too well here in the RebelRecipes HQ.

Lucy’s delicious, simple and oh-so-moorish recipes leave us wanting to lick our screens. Here she tells us why she took the leap, why she dreams about coffee & dog walks and lets us into her dough-nutty pleasures.  

Q. What is your earliest food memory?

A. I was always making mud soup and taking the herbs and spices out of my parent’s kitchen cupboard to try and imitate what I saw them do. So, it’s safe to say, I’ve always been curious about food! At the age of around 12 I decided to become a vegetarian (around the time that Linda McCartney was the only vegetarian product in a shop) and have not looked back since. 

 Q. What is your guiltiest food pleasure?

A. It’s a great term, however I don’t feel guilt when eating delicious treats. Although one of the things we enjoy nearly every week is a donut from our local store called ‘Doughnotts’ which are incredibly indulgent and completely loaded with sugar. My favourite is the vegan cronut, which is absolutely delicious.  

Q. What meal do you eat most often?

A. Thai coconut noodle soup – sounds like it might be a bit of an effort, however it’s incredibly quick to throw together, once you know how. You just need lots of lemongrass, ginger and lime and you can have a delicious meal in minutes. 

Q. What role does food play in your life?

A. It’s all consuming! I used to have a fairly unhealthy relationship with food, however luckily,it’s something that keeps me creative and I’m constantly on the search for delicious combinations and always wanting to feed my friends and family. 

Q. What does your daily routine look like?

A. As a freelancer, a daily routine can be a little hard to have due to each job being a little different. An average week could entail travelling to a site for a photography shoot, working from cafes, photographing new content for my website or spending hours upon hours going back and forth from the shop because I forgot another ingredient.  

Q. What is your biggest motivator? 

A. There are a few things that keep me motivated. My overall motivator is to learn and travel. Happiness (as cliché as that may sound) is also a motivator. After spending a year in an office job, it became evidently clear to me that I needed a career, which would always have a surprise in store. Lucky for me, this path seems to be doing just the trick!  

Q. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A. Living in a beautiful city where there’s a food market just outside my front door, and a good coffee shop. In terms of career, my absolute dream is to be published, have a portfolio of photography projects under my belt and lots of time for coffee & dog walks.  

Q. How much time do you spend on social media a day and what role does it play in your business?

A. Social media is an interesting one. I feel like I’m in a slight bubble as I’ve built a wonderful community around me. The minute I step out of that bubble, social media terrifies me. The idea that it can make people feel lonely, sad or encourage eating disorders shows just how dangerous it can be. I try to maintain a healthy relationship with it, spending 2-3 hours a day interacting with other people, posting new content and creating stories with links to my website. It may sound excessive however it’s one of the biggest forms of work.  

Q. In your opinion, what’s the key to success?

A. Success is something I haven’t quite established yet -however the people I admire and see as ‘successful’ in my opinion, are those are entirely themselves.Depending on what your business is, it’s important to find your own style, your own voice and try to remain a positive account to follow.  

Q. What is the best bit of advice you’ve ever received – can be personal, professional or both. 

A. The best advice I receive time and time again is to show up, and be genuine. In a time where people invest in people more than a concept, it’s really important to share a really true voice whether it be online or in person.  

Lucy is currently working on her brand-new [and free] eBook, launching soon; includes a variety of her beloved and trusted tips and tricks in creating the ultimate food pics.  

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