Cooking is meditation for me. Kneading dough, washing rice or slicing greens. Moments where my mind wanders only as far as what my hands are doing or mouth tasting. Sometimes watching someone else preparing the produce can be almost as soothing – thus here follows three of my favourite online cooking content.
Dianxi Xiaoge has been my go-to since summer of 2018. Her videos is what I wish all cooking videos would be. Real. No talking, no explaining or looking into the camera. She’s literally just making food (also collecting the produce first), albeit traditional Chinese food that I have never experience myself – so some kind of escapism I suppose? One of the best parts is how you can hear the pleasant sounds of washing freshly picked mountain vegetables in a small stream, the crushing of a handful of garlic cloves with the blade of a knife or frying chillies in an enormous wok. It so relaxing. The only back side is that I now have a ridiculous longing the vibrant Yunnan produce readily at hand (I must have a Sichuan pepper tree in my future garden).
Naoko Ideno makes some of the most beautiful tea ceremonies online (also in reality I assume, but I’m yet to experience that). We met briefly once in Kumamoto, but unfortunately not with enough time to sit down for a cup of tea – next time I hope. Until then I thoroughly enjoy every single one of her beautiful instagram stories.
Shirley & Mathieu running, The Social Food account, are the only french foodies you have to follow, trust me this duo is something extra. We share the same love for Japan and they are a constant inspiration behind the camera and in the kitchen. Currently they are doing a #QuarantineCooking series (complete with recipes!) on a daily basis – with beautifully composed videos and photographs. All and everything is incredibly mouthwatering and makes you want to dig in at once.
Sofia Hellsten, cookbook author & photographer, although main trade of work at the moment is Creative Director at podcast platform Acast. Her book “The Japanese Table – Small Plates for Simple Meals” was released fall of 2019. This will with some probability be a space with recipes of simple (but GOOD) food, a constant quest for the perfect breakfast or just some good old inspiration to life’s important details – flavour and form. Based in Stockholm, but always longing for Japan.