My cooking comes partly from watching and learning while growing up in an Italian family, and partly from having to cook for my own family and how it has changed year to year. My style of cooking, while predominantly Italian, changes too, depending on the seasons and what’s going on in my life. I love eating good food, and there is nothing better, in my mind, than a home cooked meal.
I grew up in a house where there was always a pot of sauce bubbling away on the stove, filling the house with the aroma of garlic and oregano. Everything was always home made from the tomato sauce we jarred every year, to the spicy chilli and fennel sausages hanging from rods in the shed. The garden was our pantry, the chooks laid our eggs, and there was always plenty of food to serve everyone, no matter how many people turned up for dinner. My Nonna’s house was always a noisy place, filled with love, tradition and plenty of extended family. Her cooking has always been the inspiration behind our family meals. When I got married and had my own family, I took on those traditions by continuing to be inspired by my family recipes, nurturing my children, feeding family and friends. Cooking became a huge part of my life.
In 2013 I was lucky enough to experience being on Masterchef Australia 2013. It was a wild ride, and solidified my passion for food and my desire to share it with others on a grander scale. Since then I have been cooking more than ever before, running my own catering business and have published two cookbooks, EASY HOME COOKING – ITALIAN STYLE and FOOD FOR SHARING – ITALIAN STYLE . Both books are all about easy and delicious food meant to be shared with loved ones. My third book, my latest project, THE SWEET LIFE – EASY HOME BAKING AND SWEET TREATS ITALIAN STYLE will be released late 2017.
I am a big believer that the table, rather than the kitchen, is the heart of the home. My passion is to encourage people to cook often, using natural, seasonal ingredients, and sit down together to share a meal together. It doesn’t have to be fancy, and can often be a mixed bag of leftovers turned into a quick meal, but the act of sitting together, sharing the day while eating a delicious meal is one of life’s pleasures. And don’t get me started on the food that we should or shouldn’t eat. My mantra is to eat everything in moderation, cook from scratch as often as possible, eat plenty of vegetables, listen to your body and eat when you need to, stop when you’re full, and enjoy food without guilt (even the wine at the end of the day!). Food is pleasure, and sharing a home cooked meal with loved ones can create many happy memories.
I am very fortunate to be living a life where I get to pursue my passion, while still being able to be home for my children (they aren’t that little anymore, but you know what they say abut Mamma’s boys…), who mean the world to me. They are the reason I do what I do, because cooking for your family is the greatest pleasure of them all.
I hope you enjoy visiting my website. I love hearing from you, and hearing how my recipes turned out for you at home. I look forward to sharing with you.