Welcome 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.
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.
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.
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.