I can remember the first thing I ever baked. My very first recipe!
A birthday cake for my doll. I was 4.
As far as I was concerned, baking a cake was about putting everything I liked together into one bowl: mashed banana, chocolate chips, milk, and of course flour because even at the age of four I knew a cake had to have that! I mixed all the ingredients together and proudly plopped it down on a baking sheet into a rock cake like mound. Getting my mum to put it into the oven for me, I was all smiles! Proudly presenting it to the little girls next door who had come to the birthday party, I was devastated when they wouldn’t eat it.
“Maybe next time you’ll use a recipe Kate.” My mum said. And next time I did.
People have been telling me to start a food blog for about as long as I can remember. I think really they were just offering their services as food testers in a more subtle way. But food has always been a passion of mine. One of the few women who enjoys grocery shopping over shoe shopping, and the Food Network over any other channel. Blogs and cooking shows are how I’ve taught myself to cook; through fresh ingredients and new ideas.
This is a space to share a love of cooking for yourself and for others. Sharing a meal together is so central to our community and world. I want the kitchen not to be a scary or daunting place. We need to be teaching ourselves and our children how to take care of their bodies by knowing what they’re putting in it. But it should also be fun! Sometimes I eat meat, sometimes I don’t. I love to bake, but I know I can’t only eat cookies for breakfast, lunch and dinner (as much as I’d like to). I try to cut processed foods and eat as fresh and whole as I can. Not afraid to make things from scratch, but know when to save time when I don’t have it. Its an everything in moderation, and striving for health kinda thing! But ultimately I want to eat delicious healthy food every day!