“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world”

– J. R. R. Tolkien

Welcome, and thank you for being here! I’m Natalie and I LOVE food! Eating, cooking and taking pictures of food are my biggest past times. My husband often laughs at me because most people give directions using landmarks, I on the other hand, I give my directions using restaurants and food shops. I always have food on the brain! So in this blog I will be sharing my favourite recipes with you.

For me a delicious meal at a restaurant could completely heal a rough day, and a yummy takeaway could make my weekend. This was especially true when I was living in London – eating out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I was spoilt for choice! However, since becoming a mum I feel an inherent responsibility to know what’s in the food I feed my family. I try to ensure our food doesn’t contain hidden nasties such as excess fats and salt, flavourings or colourings. I also try to be financially savvy and save for rainy days. Dining out so often doesn’t fit with either of these intentions. So now I cook.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve not always been the most confident of cooks. At times I’ve even found cooking intimidating as my mum and mother-in-law have set such a high bar. However, like most things, with practice I’ve found that the kitchen doesn’t have to be such a daunting place. I’ve been patient with myself, experimented loads and had plenty of disasters, but my cooking has improved. My triumphs have motivated me to keep trying new recipes – there’s nothing more gratifying than thumbs up from my toughest critic, my fussy toddler, when I present a new dish to my family at dinner time. Now being in the kitchen is second nature to me.

I would say I have an eclectic taste in food due to my upbringing. I’m half Jamaican and half Filipino and grew up in Oxford. Food is a HUGE part of both sides of my heritage. On top of that I love to travel and visit new places. Altogether this has a huge influence on what I cook. In one week my family and I visit many countries through the foods we eat. From tandoori chicken, ackee and saltfish, and adobo, to linguine, chicken and waffles, and a traditional British Sunday roast. We enjoy such a wonderful mix of cuisines. My blog of trusty recipes will show you that making authentic, flavoursome, multicultural food at home doesn’t have to be difficult, scary or time consuming. I hope you will enjoy cooking, and eating these dishes as much as I do.

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