How did I get here?
I am a wife, a mother, a teacher, a taxi driver, a cleaner, an organiser, an aromatherapist, a coffee addict, a home cook, a learning photographer and a food blogger.
I'm sure many other people multitask on a daily basis as well but the most important thing to me is that even though my day begins at 530am, I always try to find the time to plate up a home cooked meal for my family.
When it comes to feeding my family it is important that I am using wholesome ingredients. I do not claim to know the nutritional value of each food but what I do know is that wholesome, nourishing, real food is good for you. I try to buy seasonal produce and I try to buy whole pure products which I use to make a meal from scratch. The key word is TRY. I love the ’80-20’ rule where 80% of what we eat in a meal follows the whole foods rule and 20% can fall outside.
How did my obsession with organic and whole foods begin?
Well back in 2008 we took my 2 year old daughter to hospital and were informed that she had become dangerously anaemic. After months of blood tests it was concluded that she was experiencing the symptoms of coeliac disease. Due to this we changed to a gluten free diet and since I also struggled with food sensitivities from an early age (I never thought to look into it), I decided to go gluten free as well.
Ever since that day my focus has been on creating and cooking fresh, wholesome simple meals that makes us feel good and so I decided to share them with you all.
The food I share here is separated into the following Gluten Free categories:
Why Greek Food?
Growing up as the child of Greek immigrants, food was of great importance to my parents. It was the emotional link to their country of origin and loved ones left behind. Bread, olives, dolmathes, moussaka and fasolada (white bean soup) were reminders of home and played a large role in our diet. One of the most vivid memories as a child is seeing my mother in the kitchen with her metre-long rolling pin, a pastry brush and baking trays, opening filo pastry to make 3 or 4 hortopites (wild spinach and feta pies). She had to cook large amounts to keep up with the hunger demands of my 3 older brothers and father! My father on the other hand loved to go grocery shopping! The memory most vivid of him was the excitement and pride he showed when he brought home bags of groceries. This was the way he showed us that he was a responsible provider and loving father. You see he was a child during WWII and experienced hunger, starvation and malnutrition and so it made complete sense that feeding his children was a priority to him.
Every so often I go back to those meals and feel the need to cook them. The food in this category may not necessarily be gluten free but there is an emotional link to a time that was so precious to me that sometimes I love to cook it for those in my family that have no intolerances.
Finally, my hope is that this blog will inspire you to cook! Take away food is typically high in chemical additives, sugar, unhealthy fats and leaves you feeling bloated and irritable. By cooking at home you can make sure you are eating majority fresh food that increases your energy, boosts your mood, stabilises your weight and makes you feel good! I hope you find my recipes fresh, wholesome and easy to follow and who knows, maybe I can even entertain you a little with my family stories.
Thank you for visiting!