Welcome to The Kitchenmaid.
I think some of the best stories start in (or lead back to) the kitchen, just like the best parties.
I was lucky enough to grow up in a family where food was of paramount importance, whether that was cooking it, eating it, discussing it or reading about it. I didn’t realise how good I had it until I went to boarding school aged 13 and entered a world of congealed banana custard, pineapple-laced coleslaw, fruit you wouldn’t feed pigs and meat of dubious origin.
I became a journalist 17 years ago, mainly because I like telling stories. Since then I’ve written about everything from anthrax to zoos – and a fair bit in between – for print and digital platforms in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.
As a journalist, I love the way food connects people with their families, their culture and their roots. As a cook, I know of no better way to make friends and influence people than to sit around a table and eat together. And as a mother, I love being able to share family traditions and foster new ones.
Now, as a freelance writer and editor, I contribute to a range of publications, including Cuisine, Frankie and New Zealand Life & Leisure. I also write a weekly recipe column, ‘Three Ways With…’, published every Wednesday on stuff.co.nz and in the Dominion Post, The Press and the Waikato Times.
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