I’m trying to get better at using Instagram. I used to love it, but in the last 6 months it’s kind of become a PITA. I’ve never put much thought into Instagram and really only use it to post behind-the-scenes pictures. While Instagram celebrities certainly do exist (hi Lexi! hi Jordan!) I am not one of them. Probably for good reason.
When I’m done a photoshoot with a recipe I’ll often whip out my phone and snap a pic. This is fun to give people a little heads up on what’s coming, but then when I do get around to posting it I have a habit of forgetting to update Instagram followers to tell them it’s up. I’m tryinggggg to get better but as soon as I open up IG I am overwhelmed by the number of pictures and end up with a serious case of FOMO forcing me to shut the app down.
Instagram also enrages me. I think on many levels the healthy living blog world is changing and to a degree is no longer promoting dumb Fitspo messages like “nothing tastes as good as skinny”. Sorry, not true. But so many Instagrammers don’t seem to get this message. I swear if I see one more young girl, half-naked talking about her “transformation” story, I’m gonna lose it. Can’t we all just put our clothes back on and talk about something else?
The issue is, this works. Post a naked selfie and duhhhhh people are gonna follow. While it might be effective, I don’t intend to take this route. Instead you’re gonna get previews of recipes, my wacko made-up dinners and pictures of my boyfriend who absolutely hates when I post anything of him to Instagram (love you C!). I also seem to have a habit of taking pictures in cool places with my arms in the air…seriously, it’s weird.
The day I get a dog is when all of this is going to change. I am going to exclusively post dog photos, pictures of adorable dog clothes and homemade doggy treats I intend to bake. Yes, said dog already has a breed and a name and I talk about hypothetical situations that will happen with this dog. I might have to change my blog name to “The Dog Maven” when this day comes. Don’t worry, he’ll be so adorable I won’t need to hashtag x 10000 to maintain my followers. In fact, I intend to be the new Toast Meets World.
But until that day comes, you won’t find me baring all my clothing, contorting my body into crazy yoga poses (quick! #stopdropandyogi!) or taking pictures of my Garmin. I think there’s enough people doing that already. I’m just gonna work on remembering to post these Maple Pistachio Seared Scallops to Instagram, and call it a day.
Serves: 10 scallops
- 10 U/10 sea scallops*
- 1/2 cup shelled pistachios
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 tsp butter
- salt and pepper
- In a food processor or blender grind pistachios and garlic.
- Slowly add in maple syrup until a thick paste is formed.
- Divide paste into 10 and roll into balls.
- Flatten balls on top of scallops to cover tops.
- Heat up a large pan over medium-high heat.
- Add butter and melt. Butter should sizzle but not burn.
- Add scallops and sear for one minute.
- Flip and sear for another 45 seconds-1 minute making sure pan does not get too hot and burn scallops.
- Serve warm.