Hi there, I’m Helen and I live in the stunning city of Sydney in Australia. I am a passionate home cook who firmly believes in the “paddock to plate” concept of eating. My kitchen is my happy place and my heart sings loudest when I am cooking up a feast using fresh seasonal produce and sharing it with loved ones.
In my past life I graduated from university and practised as a solicitor for many years. During this time I was also blessed with my four kids. With their arrival came a natural protective instinct, a sense of wanting what’s best for them and part of this was making sure they led an active outdoorsy lifestyle and their diets were well balanced and nutritionally dense. I also started noticing all the unknowns in food and realised the only way to know exactly what they were eating was to make it myself. This was the true beginning of my journey with home cooking.
Hubby and I realised many a moon ago that although we were both born and raised in the city, we both had an undeniable affinity with the countryside. We purchased a farm in the Southern Highlands, about an hour and a half out of Sydney, and set about establishing a large vegetable patch and orchard on the property. Add to these a dozen or so Boer goats, cows, a few pigs and a chook run and you have a sanctuary of clean air, slow living and an abundance of produce that has fuelled my paddock to plate cooking!
I would love to help people get back into the kitchen to cook local seasonal produce. It is not only a tastier and cheaper way to eat, it is also better for you and those you are cooking for. I also understand, very much so understand, that it’s ok to be a little naughty in order to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Baking anything, whether sweet or savoury, is an absolute joy and when combined with the addition of fresh produce, is definitely my favourite cooking pastime.
I hope to share my recipes with you, showcasing good honest country style cooking that everyone can enjoy, no matter where your kitchen may be!