Hi there, I’m Emma
SLOW COOK, SHOPKEEPER, PHOTOGRAPHER, EMOTIONAL EATER, WINE DRINKER (LUCKY I LIVE IN WINE COUNTRY!), MUM & WIFE TO MY IRISHMAN FROM COUNTRY NSW, AUSTRALIA
Welcome to my collection of stories + recipes from a lifelong cook who is obsessed with food.
“For me sharing food around a table with those you love is just one of the best things. That and getting on a plane and going, well anywhere”
My family doesn’t come with a big food background. Mum was the first of nine kids to be born in Australia to German Immigrants and is a completely self-taught cook. We are a typical Australian family with smatterings of differing cultures all meshed together. There are Aussie BBQs, German Christmas traditions, and when I married my Irishman, potatoes, stew & soda bread entered the mix, together in one, crazy family.
I first fell in love with kitchens when I was a kid. My mum worked in a restaurant and I’d help her on weekends buttering garlic bread and fan strawberries (remember those!) before the dinner service. I loved every second.
When I was ten, we moved out of Sydney to a small, rural farming community in the Central West of NSW, where breeding lamb and beef became our everyday. And while I hated it at the time, I now realise it has shaped me into who I am today. Good, seasonal produce is what I cook with day in, and day out. While I don’t live by this to the extreme, it’s something I find quite natural.
Early on, I spent a few years working as a chef, both in Australia and the UK (where I met my Irishman) but eventually learned that cooking commercially just wasn’t my future. I somehow convinced him to move back home and I now spend my days pottering around the store (our family-owned, culinary + food store) teaching people about good food, and how to cook it. Oh, and did I mention pasta? Because ending the day with a big bowl of pasta and a glass of wine in front of Netflix is what my dreams are made of. You can find my favourite pasta recipe here.
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