Introduction post

Hi there! Welcome to my blog, Fictional Foodie. I am happy you have come around to visit and check out what this website has to offer. My name is Melissa Verlaan, a newly graduated dietitian from the Netherlands. I also consider myself a foodie, a geek, a jack of all trades and an absorber of anything related to fiction and fantasy. I finally started this blog in the summer of 2020, but the plans to create it have been around since many years prior. I decided to dabble in the production of online content as a creative outlet. As someone with many interests, this blog is the perfect way for me to tie all of my hobbies into one single project. This includes cooking, food photography, writing, research, reading, gaming and graphic design.

Picture of pirate oatmeal

Fictional Foodie features recipes inspired by history, books, movies, and video games. There is a lot of enjoyment and research that goes into writing these recipes. Each blog post features components that truly make Fictional Foodie. There is background and trivial information, for example on the origin of the dish or noteworthy ingredients that deserve to be highlighted. Then there is the nutritional information, which is carefully calculated with the NEVO database by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment. Of course, there are the recipes themselves, written so you too can take a shot at creating the aliments of your imagination.

As a registered dietitian I strive to make cooking and nutrition fun and approachable to everyone. Fictional Foodie allows me to do that on a larger scale. Like many of you, I grew up in a time of countless fictional universes. People all over the world have found common ground through fantasy stories such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and video game lore. This demographic will always have a soft spot in my heart and I feel passionate about giving back to a community that has brought me so much happiness throughout the years. This is why I have come up with the quirky combination of nutrition and fantasy, to provide both escapism and education. Mind you, meals inspired by fantasy will not always be the most healthy or nutritious. Fun projects such as chocolate frogs or mysterious blue potions are sometimes just that: fun projects. However, when I do make a health claim in a blog post, it will be evidence-based and all of the necessary information will be there. If you are a nerd like me, I am sure you would be keen to know all about ‘the stats.’ Scientifically accurate information is important to me, thus references will be available at the end of every blog post for those of you who want to check them out.

More and more information about nutrition is freely available out there on the internet every day. I want to contribute in my own silly way. In the upcoming years I want to establish a fun blog with all sorts posts ranging from informative to entertaining to experimental. I aim to do activities I have never done before. I will experiment with making meal components from scratch, create dishes inspired by the stories we all love and make the recipes from my wildest dreams. Things could go hilariously wrong along the way. I might have an accident in my kitchen and leave pudding sticking to the ceiling. Don’t worry, you will get to hear all about the mishaps too. This upcoming road is one of learning, hopefully both for myself as well as for my readers.

If you ever have any suggestions or constructive feedback on the content I produce, feel free to contact me about it. I would love to know your thoughts on the recipes and I look forward to reading the comments. Thank you for taking the time to read my introduction. I hope to see you come by in the future and experience this project with me.


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