Being born into a family focused on all facets of food: growing, raising, researching, shopping, preparing, discussing, savouring and reminiscing, meant food was featured in all my early memories.
A crusade for independence and an ideology of creativity drove me to take the spatula into my own hands at a young age. I cooked for friends and family with confidence and, maybe, a little swagger.
Dining at world class restaurants and trying unusual flavours became an adventure that led to an expanded palate. Becoming a mother and settling into domesticity also caused an expansion of the palette of flavours in the kitchen. Learning to harness the spice and make nutritious dishes became the goal.
As dietary issues and intolerances became more common, I looked for inclusive menus that everyone could enjoy.
Come into our kitchen and slip an apron on, it could get messy!
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