It would be without exaggeration to make the statement that my life has grown to revolve around food. I don’t know where the obsession came from but I cracked on early in life that satisfying appetites was a way to make people happy.

I learned my culinary skills as a child by watching cooking shows; Graham Kerr was the first to captivate me. Once I had had enough of Graham and his bowls of pre-measured ingredients I moved onto Jaques Pèpin and Martin Yan. After leaving secondary school I trained then worked for the next 5 years as a chef. Although I loved (and do love) cooking, I have always been interested in the bigger picture- what are we eating and why are we eating it. Food represents an occasion; it’s related to memories and emotions. It’s the roasted prawn, pomello and fish roe betel leaves my sister’s boyfriend prepares when we go to Sydney (and probably why I love Sydney so much). It’s the pipi fritters that we make every year at the beach- the entire process; gathering, steaming, chopping, whisking, stirring, frying and finally eating them straight off the BBQ with lemon juice and black pepper or between 2 slices of fresh bread. They can be little bit gritty but secretly that’s how I like them. I love the fact that one simple food cooked with care and respect like Dad’s crispy potatoes can be just as memorable and magnificent as a complex meal with layers of flavours. I can always remember the food I was eating at a particular event in my life, I don’t know if that is astute or just completely obsessive.

After a day working in the kitchen, slogging through beef carpaccio canapés for hundreds of people, I decided that I needed more. I went to University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Human Nutrition. I am back to cooking in my spare time (and watching cooking shows) for the pleasure and immense satisfaction gained from all that is good in food.

23rd September 2015

Curried avocado and cauliflower

I’ve been on a sabbatical from contributing recipes to our blog.  Unlike Richie’s 2013 rugby sabbatical mine has been unintended…and with less effect on both the team and the nation.  With Richie giving the country a massive shoulder-ride at the moment, I shouldn’t really compare my situation to that of this great human, but I [...]

13th November 2014

Steak with sauce Bourdelaise

I’ve probably mentioned before about my love for a well-cooked steak. My parents used it as bribery when I was young. I’d be a little angel for days before a BBQ in anticipation of eating steak. Then, on the day, I’d watch it get marinated (this was the late 80s to early 90s)

28th October 2014

Caesar salad

I read a blog recently which commented that the Caesar salad is the poster food for dining mediocracy, every laminated A4 menu is likely to contain a substandard version and you can always add chicken for an extra $5

11th July 2014

Gluten free carrot cake with cashew icing

I’ve jumped on the bandwagon of gluten free and wheat free which has been a relatively easy change. I don’t necessarily feel that everyone should avoid gluten and wheat

26th May 2014

USA and Buffalo wings

Buffalo wings are on the menu of just about any casual American eatery and by the end of our 3 week American vacation I gave up trying to convince myself that I didn’t like them

19th May 2014

Chai & coconut milk ice cream

I’ve recently returned from a 3 week holiday in the mighty USA; during our jaunt I became obsessed with the ‘all American diners’ - those institutions that have been running forever, open all day and all night, serving bottomless cups of filter coffee

4th March 2014

Prawn cocktails

This time of year is all about eating with friends and eating outdoors. During these warmer months, I’m choosing recipes which allow me to relax and spend time with the people we have over, not trapped in the kitchen.  The success to this is finding the right balance between food which can be prepared in [...]

20th February 2014

Skewers – two ways

I’ve had fresh tuna twice this month; two rich doses of omega-3s mean a happy brain and heart.  There’s been mixed reviews on tuna in recent years; it’s a tricky debate

20th January 2014

Avocado ice creams

I spent Saturday with three friends and we talked food. One had purchased a juicer and was giving us a run-down on her latest concoction – pineapple, lime and watermelon.  One had cut out dairy and eggs and was talking about a plant-based diet. And one was contemplating going vegan for a period of time [...]

4th January 2014

Date and almond guilt-free slice

You’ve indulged a little too much at Christmas right?  Me too.  What I find is that you can’t go cold-turkey on the sugar, you still crave that sweet hit mid-morning or mid-afternoon.  This sweet treat is guilt-free and will trick your mind, leaving you sat-is-fied

28th December 2013

Cheap and cheerful kedgeree

This recipe is perfect for the days following Christmas – when the chaos is over and you need recipes that require minimal work.  I’m planning on making this on Boxing Day, hopefully with the bounty from a fishing trip

28th November 2013

Pad Thai

I’ve been wanting to post pad Thai for a while but have been a little hesitant as it’s one of those foods that has history, tradition and with it a whole line of followers. It’s a bit of an institution and those who are true devotees are pretty staunch in their belief that you just [...]

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