Try to cook with an open mind. Read recipes for ideas but don’t be afraid to experiment and replace ingredients with favourites on hand. If cooking weekly dinners has become tiresome then it is probably because you are in a rut with your repertoire of ideas. Time to sit down with a coffee or a … Continue reading Variety is the key
Whether it is a BBQ that becomes a team effort, or a batch of cookies that your toddler can help to ice – cooking together is healthy and good fun. Children love to express themselves through food and getting amongst the stirring, baking, rolling, frying and cutting is an amazing experience. Whilst you may need … Continue reading Cook with your family
Whilst studying psychology and music at Melbourne University, it was the time spent serving up platters of luscious Italian dishes at Tony Sassi’s Bistro in Carlton that was a true pivotal moment in my life. It was then I fell in love with Italians, their passion and their food. Oversized mountains of pasta arrabbiata, piles … Continue reading Early Introduction
Then it was easy – follow food – everywhere. Whether is was the stealthy acquisition of menus from as many venues as I could across Europe, to being Assistant Restaurant Manager at the Intercontinental on Hyde Park Corner and at Champneys in London. It was the allure of food and the kitchens it came from … Continue reading Following the Food
When I stumbled confused and exhausted through those doors at the end of my audition I suddenly was wrapped in the arms of my children, and I felt insanely happy. Their hopeful faces filled with pride when they spotted the apron and it was a Mummy moment that will last in my memory forever. When … Continue reading 17th Feb Episode 2 NZ Masterchef
But it has to be Asia that has ultimately influenced my life. Love, marriage, children and cuisine. Sixteen years as expats with the fortune to live in Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and now New Zealand. Our family has grown, immersed in the heady aromas and flavours that typify South East Asia. Chunks of turmeric and galangal … Continue reading Living in Asia
New Zealand – this is a whole new adventure and we are finding our feet, in a different more established way. Yet, the desire to be not only immersed but surrounded with food has only flourished. My boys – all of them – are sharing in the cooking. Junior Master Chef has invaded our home … Continue reading MasterChef NZ – settled!!