My food journey began when I had my first child, Tate. Being a new mother, everything had to be fresh and healthy and, in the process, I started cleaning up my diet also. I was the fussiest eater in my childhood (and my mum would vouch for this) so it seemed unbelievable to everybody who knew me that I started cooking and really experimenting with flavours and complicated techniques.
I have really blossomed since the birth of my second child, Harper, and we live by my 80/20 rule, 80% red wine….just kidding… 80% fresh, clean food and 20% for naughtiness. I have also become a bit of a fitness junkie and I visit the gym 4 times a week – fitness and healthy food go hand-in-hand for me. My focus is on simple, healthy cooking and sometimes pushing my techniques to a new level.
Everyone has a budget for food, and therefore I always try to buy what’s on special. I shop for fruit and veggies at least 1-2 times a week, and protein once or twice every 2 weeks. I freeze practically everything, labelling and portioning as I go. I could not survive without my deep freeze. 80 % of what I cook can be frozen which frees up my time.
My pantry is always stocked with staples and a large array of spices needed to create many dishes. Just counted my spices today – about 50! Why do I need that many? I probably don’t, but some random recipe will require it and the flavour will change without it. Most of my spices only cost around $1 a packet, so are not a big outlay if you build up slowly.
My style of cooking is quite asian (to my husbands dismay, he’s a meat and 3 veg) as I find that cuisine so fresh, full of flavour and quite healthy.
I don’t follow any specific diet and I have no allergies, I just like to explore all the amazing recipes and ways of eating out there.
Anyway, enjoy my blog, start cooking and I hope to inspire you with my food journey!!