Food and all things concerned with food has been a part of my life, probably from the day I was born!
I’m Mary, a forty – something (don’t tell everyone!) food lover who is admittedly obsessed with the whole food thing.
ENJOYING FOOD FROM A YOUNG AGE…..
I was born and raised in Hong Kong, and for any of you lucky enough to have lived or been on holiday there, you will have an understanding of how food can literally take over your life!
During my early twenties and thirties, I lived in the United Kingdom, which is where I really had to teach myself how to cook. I found I could gain satisfaction from being able to make something creative and tasty, using very little money, and I also enjoyed going for High Teas, and then coming home and trying to recreate the elegance and pomp of a real long English tradition.
I now live in the Netherlands where I spend my time doing cookery workshops, recipe testing (can be very fattening!!) and working on Lovefoodies as well as restoring a 300 year old farmhouse.
I don’t profess to be qualified in nutritional advice, nor do I make claims to have any university degrees in the scientific study of food. What I do have is a desire, and need to share experiences, opinions and discoveries with fellow foodies, show that you don’t have to be a Michelin Star Chef to cook great food, and that cooking, experimenting with tastes, textures and flavours can be fun, exciting, and at times enlightening. My philosophy is.. so long as you have a mouth, nose, and eyes, you can enjoy all the different sensations food has on offer. Even if you are lacking in a sense or two, enjoying food, and having the opportunity to taste new things and be able to share experiences with friends cannot be matched by any other means…in my opinion!
ALWAYS TRYING TO RECREATE DISHES FROM MY CHILDHOOD
Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to have traveled extensively, sampling local foods, visiting local markets (a ‘MUST DO’ on every holiday!), chatting to locals about food, and from time to time, been successful in my often cheeky requests to watch the cook in a favorite restaurant create a local dish. There are some cuisines I favour more than others…..Cantonese food for example, is my ‘home’ food. I also have a leaning toward spices and herbs, and I guess my biggest leaning is toward the desserts…. but to be perfectly honest……all food is great!
So now, I think, I am in a position to be able to give you honest reviews on some of the stuff I’ve used, and at least tell you, from my experience whether it’s worth saving money to buy expensive items, or not. I’m not rich, and everything that I ever purchase is considered and compared, almost to the extreme!. I just like to get what I pay for. So I like ‘value for money’. I hope my advice and recommendations will help others when making decisions. My recipes are not fancy or expensive to make. Many of them I have created to encourage others to try and feel confident that they can cook. You will often see a fusion of Eastern and Western ideas in my recipes, and perhaps some of the recipes you might think ‘I would never have thought to do that’! So all in all, I hope I can inspire, encourage and make you feel confident in the kitchen.
I hope you enjoy my ever developing food site. If you have any questions or just want to say hello, drop me a line by contacting me using the form below.