Writing about yourself is pretty tricky. So instead of the usual “I live in Melbourne, Australia, I am married with two kids, blah blah blah…”, here is my manifesto of food beliefs.
- There are only so many opportunities for a meal in a lifetime, and none of them should be wasted.
- It’s impossible to overeat when you truly enjoy every bite. (But sometimes I give it a damn good try…)
- Children need to be taught to appreciate great food, in the same way they are taught to read, write, add and subtract.
- The dining table is the perfect place to teach children about important qualities like health, moderation, respect, generosity, patience, gratitude, beauty and courtesy.
- At the core of every healthy family is a regular shared meal. The family who cooks together eats together, and the family that eats together talks together. You can fill in all the good stuff that happens after that.
- Cooking is an essential life skill, like winning at Words with Friends or listening patiently to constructive criticism from your mother.
- Cooking provides us with a daily opportunity to connect with something bigger and deeper than any one of us. And I’m not talking about the fridge.
- You can still eat great food on a tight budget. It’s fun, but not necessary, to spend a lot of money eating well.
- Good food is one of life’s greatest pleasures. It should be appreciated and savoured, like a great book or a beautiful sunset.
A note about my recipes…
Where I have included a recipe in this site, I won’t usually give exact measurements of ingredients unless it’s absolutely essential to the success of the dish. This is largely because:
- I probably don’t remember exactly how much of any particular ingredient I have used. I usually just throw in a bit of this, a dash of that and a sprinkle of anything else that takes my fancy.
- Recipes should only ever be used as a guide; no one other than the cook should ever have the final word on how a dish should be prepared. I hope you use this blog as a trigger for your own culinary imagination. Use whatever is in your cupboard, use your favourite ingredients. If a recipe specifies one clove of garlic, but you happen to really like garlic, then throw in a whole head of garlic and see what happens!