This week’s IELTS Reading Exercise is based on the IELTS sentence completion format.
Read the following passage by Gabi from Cooking Without Limits and answer the following questions (no more than three words):
- Gabi started this blog a few months after she became a____________.
- When Gabi studied photography in London, the did a lot of studio photos but never______________.
- The missing element from the early photos was the feeling that you want to eat those _____________.
- The best compliment Gabi gets in the kitchen is when her _________says that he loves the food.
- Sometimes Gabi is just bold and tries___________________to test her.
- Gabi suggest that if you want to start a blog, just write about________________.
Gabi is from Romania originally, and her writing is in a clear and uncomplicated style that would score very well in an Ielts test. This essay is reproduced with her kind permission.
A lot of you, my friends, asked me how I got to be a blogger. I wrote a post about traffic, viewers and followers, but this post is more personal. I always loved to write. In high school, I wrote a love book and poems. They published my poems in a group book when I was at University and it was a big surprise.
It had to pass a lot of years before I start writing again. Before starting this blog I had others, but this became the important one, the one that is so very close to my heart. I started it after a few months I became a mother and it felt so write.
It was about photography which I love very much and food and cooking which I start discovering when my son was born. I made time for photography, I made time for the blog because was one of the moments I was doing something for myself, I was spending time with adults. All the mothers know that in the first year of your baby you spend less time with adults. I loved and still love to spend time with my baby, but sometimes I need a ME time and an adult time. Writing on the blog or taking photos of food was one of those moments.
As a photographer, you need to find your domain, because are so many types of photography. I did landscape, portraits, still life some sports, but never did food photography. When I studied a Studio Photography course in London we did a lot of studio photos, but never food. Before starting this blog I never thought I will take food photos, because I knew they were a big challenge.
When my son was born, I started taking his portraits, but after a while he didn’t want to pose anymore, light was very bad or other problems. So I had to take photos of something else, because I needed to take photos, so in 2012 I started with a few lemons. I hated those photos so much that I almost cried.
After a few days I decided that I needed to start studying about food photography, because it wasn’t so easy. My settings were correct but my lemons weren’t telling me anything. The story, the feeling that you want to eat those lemons, was missing.
So, it all began. Reading and practicing food photography, I started to like what I was doing. Even now, I read a lot and shoot a lot, and I like only a few of my photos, but I still love to do that.
In time, I started to love cooking and baking, and I invented or readapt recipes. You will see on the blog how I got from 2012 to 2017, how I found a photographic style, how my improved, how I started to make difficult recipes and so on.
Every day was a challenge, every recipe was learning something new, each mistake was a trying to find other solution and every good photo was a victory.
I am still learning cooking which I found is very demanding and complicated sometimes. I do easy recipes most of the time, but sometimes I am just bold and try difficult recipes to test me. I know I have so much to learn in the kitchen, but in the same time looking back I am proud for everything I accomplished. I came a long way from some dull lemons to some great photos that actually look like all the great food photographers I admire.
And, the best compliment I get in the kitchen is when my son tells me that he loves the food I made or when my husband (which is a gourmand and loves good food) tells me he liked it, but when he doesn’t say anything I know he didn’t like it, but he ate it because he was hungry (ha ha ha).
So, here is my story, how I got to love to write about food and photography, how I got to love cooking and fell in love with food photography and how my son started to ask to let him take photos of food or helping me cooking.
I will continue to write on the blog about things I like, so if you have a blog or you want to start one, just write about what you like. It is the easiest thing to do. Make it personal, let it say something about yourself, let it be a journal.
Thank you all for being here with me for all this years. It is a privilege and an honor. I wouldn’t be here without you all, without your support and love.
Have a great year and keep reading or writing!
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