Who is the blogger?
South African-born Monya Kilian Palmer
changed her life’s path in her early thirties and moved away from being a
multimedia designer to a enroll in culinary school.
Kilian Palmer, who now lives in Berkshire with her husband and two dogs, started out at the Caviar Group of Restaurants in Cape Town before moving to the UK. It was here that she began working in Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen. She spent three years there, working on books, TV shows and recipe development.
Of her life now, Kilian Plamer explains, “No two days are the same! I am either creating content for clients all over the world by developing original dishes and shooting them in my kitchen studio at home, or I am behind my laptop writing.”
The Blog Awards
Kilian Palmer’s recipe site, Mud & Love was founded in
May 2017 and was an outlet for her to showcase food that she and her husband
were eating at home.
She told The Citizen, “We both follow the ketogenic (low carb, high fat) lifestyle and I just felt that the world needed to see some of the great things we enjoy,” she said.
“I get to use all my skills – cooking, styling, photography, writing – and I get to use my brain and knowledge of ingredients and nutrition. There is a bit of personality in the recipes too, which I hope shines through. I guess I just love the idea of putting something out there three times a week.”
What sets her blog apart
“I invested in excellent software that calculates the nutritional information per serving, which I think really sets the blog apart, making it slick and professional. It’s essential that it’s accurate, especially for those on a ketogenic lifestyle, which is about balancing the [low] carb, protein, and fats in the ketogenic lifestyle,” Kilian Palmer explains.
“I am currently ghost-writing a Gujarati cookbook for a client in the US, and I also consult part-time at the Fat Duck where I assist in recipe writing and some marketing projects. Over the past two summers, I have been private-cheffing for Grigor Dimitrov and his team over the Queens and Wimbledon Tournaments.”
With over two-and-a-half-thousand readers a month, Kilian Palmer
cannot believe how far she has come since the days when only her husband and
mother-in-law read and liked her posts.
Although the journey has been slow, it has been progressive, and the proof of her hard work is… erm… in the pudding.