In April 2016, I began contributing to the food website Nom, where a community of chefs, bloggers, and home cooks share their photos/videos and recipes. It’s a wonderful place for any and all food lovers, whether you want to find cooking inspiration, new recipes, or even learn how to make something! It kinda works like youtube in the sense that each user has a channel, and you subscribe to whichever ones you want to follow and show up in your daily feed.
Just like this site, my Nom channel (same name- Baking Without Pants) focuses on creating delicious food and teaching people how to do it- primarily on Nomcasts. A what-cast? Nomcasts are live stream videos of whatever you want to make/talk about, broadcast on the site, in which viewers can post comments or questions that the host answers in real-time. The host can also post images or videos during the broadcast as visual aids for the viewers. They’re scheduled in advance as to allow for both the host and users’ schedules, but you can tune in or out at any point during the live cast. They’re also available to watch after they’ve aired, no DVR-ing required!
I’ll admit it’s taken me some time to find my footing (quite literally if I haven’t tidied my kitchen), though mostly because I do not like being on camera. That said, explaining a recipe or technique on video has proven to often be a bit more natural than just photos and texts, not to mention easier when one of your hands isn’t holding a heavy camera.
So the occasional video has evolved into a weekly series. Every week I pick a recipe/topic to break down and make in 3-4 segments over the course of 6 days. I try to pick recipes that have a lot of downtime (anything yeasted) or require more detailed instruction- basically something more interesting/less ubiquitous than everyday chocolate chip cookies. I’m working on creating a calendar on the site that shows upcoming recipes/nomcasts (it’s as much for me as it is for readers) so that scheduling isn’t relegated to social media posts/reminders I often forget to do until the last minute.
Any post/recipe that’s on the site already has the tag “Nom” (i.e. you can see all the posts by clicking on it), but there’s also this new page up on the main site menu titled (you guessed it!) Nom. I’m in the process of downloading/transferring/linking/idk something internet-y past nomcasts to a separate page here, though I highly recommend just going over to the site for them, as you can access the comments, questions, and photos associated with it.