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About HeaderWelcome to my blog, I make and photograph everything myself. The name has derived from the fact I think that good ingredients should be ‘well travelled’ meaning they can complement or camouflage into any type of cuisine from anywhere in the world. I am also a collector of most ‘kitcheny’ things and small animal figures (the animal army). Since I have been interested in food photography and styling, my seemingly pointless (but intriguing) collection now serves a great purpose in cohesion with my cooking and food styling, the animals, maybe less so. The collection will travel with me, wherever I go – there it will be – ‘The Travelling Pantry’.

I wanted a photo for the cover of the blog that almost captured an essence of a Bacchanalia feast with a hint of overindulgence. I covered our dining table with props and added lots of organic produce to help the shapes ‘flow’ into one another and this was the result. The man that came to fix the oven looked a bit puzzled but I think he liked it, or so he said he did.Cover Shot 3

I like food simple, honest in flavour and as wholesome and  natural as possible. Most of my cooking has evolved as an extension from my mothers recipes but along the way I have picked up the ability to create harmonious flavour combinations, or so I’d like to think.  I wouldn’t say I cook particularly healthily but believe in a balance and accept some days are just going to be healthier than others. Weather, emotions and celebrations all factor in the equation – especially the Fridays my partner and I get through 4 bottles of Prosecco and inhale whatever food is in the house. If I have time, on days like this (where I can for see a big night) I try to have something already prepped or even better – slowly cooking.Slow Cook Beef

My style is also reflective upon the fact I moved to Melbourne with my partner one and a half years ago from London. A tiny studio flat in Clapham rendered me handicapped to all the delights gained from cooking and although Marks and Spencer did very well at the time, I was feeling frustrated…..and broke! I’d also just met my partner and wanted to show off some of my old trusty dishes, maybe to win his heart through his stomach, as the old saying goes.Herb Jungle

Now in Melbourne we rent our little house equipped with kitchen and even a small courtyard that houses all our herbs – the herb jungle. Here was where my passion for cooking and photography really ignited and now I just can’t get enough! Some people may call me a feeder and this is partly true, only because food to me is a way of showing love and care.Bicycle Produce

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  1. Hi Katie, thanks for stopping by and following my Blog. I see you are in Melbourne. The Autralian half of my family that emigrated from Scotland in the 1950’s live in Templestowe and some in Sydney. I’ve been lucky enough to visit twice and love Australia. So jealous! I enjoyed your site and photos. :-)

    • Hi Neil, yes I have loved it here! We expect to be back by Xmas so want to make the most of the produce and restaurants before doing so. I do miss the UK at this time of year, mind you. When you come back again, there will be hundreds of new cafes to try out (as always in Melb) enjoy.

  2. Thanks for stopping by and the follow, I really appreciate it :) Looking at your pictures makes me really hungry! Looking forward to get some recipe ideas from your site :)

    • That’s very kind – thanks. I have just enjoyed looking through your posts and lovely photos, would be good to have a birthday celebration in your house, looks amazing! Your simple sponge recipe has inspired me, I want to make a Victoria sponge with raspberry jam and cream….My mum and I would get through a whole cake some evenings when I finished school (it is quite light) haha

  3. Living in London can seriously cramp one’s cooking muscles – small flats are the price we pay to live in the hustle and bustle of this amazing city but sometimes I just long to live in the countryside with a big farmhouse kitchen and garden…my last flat didn’t have a kitchen window and had heat and smoke alarms that went off whenever the oven door was opened to check progress – madness!! I look forward to following your journey in Melbourne – have you found Celia of Fig Jam and Quince Jelly – she has a monthly In My Kitchen series which I think you would enjoy as a lot of the participants are Australian…

    • Hi Selma, yes we also had the problem of the fire alarm going off every time you made toast back in London, shame that when we actually had a fire at the top of the house the alarm didn’t work as it still had the plastic cap on it! All was fine though, just a few burnt jumpers. We are going back this year, so working my way and tasting my way around as much of Australia as possible! Great markets here, but then also in UK-I think it really helps the weather mostly being good. Great produce, I’ll be posting a market blog soon. I wasn’t aware of Celia, but will be sure to check her out!

  4. Hello Katie,

    I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award.

    Participation is optional, but if you do want to participate here is the link to find out more: http://kookycookyng.com/2014/05/14/versatile-blogger-award/

    Hope you decide to take part. If you choose to participate then post the award badge on your blog, share seven things about yourself and nominate 15 other bloggers.

    Cheers
    Ishita

    • Thanks, yes, I’m loving the food and quality of the produce! I wonder if you’ve been to ‘Auction Rooms’ – we just had poached eggs with all the sides and I was really impressed with the bacon and potato stacks in particular. I really want to do a post on my favourite Melbourne cafes. Let me know if you have any suggestions, there’s always more to discover!

  5. Wow – you have a colourful and beautiful blog! The photography is incredible – we feel like we have been sucked into the “Land of Food”. Very excited to see your future posts and what you have to share!!

  6. Hello Katie, I’m visiting your blog after seeing you comment on FoodMapAdventures. Within minutes of visiting, I’d already wanted to try your Basil Mayonnaise and the Creamy Bacon, Boursin and Courgette Pasta. I am an amateur photographer and am quite envious of your food photography. Beautiful blog!!

  7. Hey Katie,

    Thanks for following my blog! I’ve only just found The Travelling Pantry but the photography has me hooked – consider me a new follower!
    Ps I’m just about to move from London to Melbourne in about two weeks…I used to live in Clapham too! x

  8. Clicked the link to your blog and was amazed. The photography and food looks absolutely stunning, I felt an incredible call to go into my kitchen and try to create something just half as beautiful as the marvelous looking dishes created here. Cannot wait to see more appear on my feed.

  9. I’ve just discovered your blog, and I’m adoring every post! Your photos are lovely and all of your recipes look delicious! I absolutely love what you wrote that you “believe in a balance and accept some days are just going to be healthier than others. Weather, emotions and celebrations all factor in the equation”. I hope to one day be able to think about my food like that, as well!

  10. Hi Katie, I’ve enjoyed looking around your blog tonight – such beautiful photos and inspiring dishes. I have my eye on that yoghurt flatbread with baba ganoush! Love the photo of your herb jungle – I could get lost in there too.

  11. Thank you you for following my blog. Your home page photo of your dining table is beautiful, intriguing & inviting. Looking forward to learning and sharing.

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