I grew up on a mixed farm in Saskatchewan. My childhood was spent working in a huge garden, blessed with lots of growing time for me and the plants. Our family raised and butchered our grass raised beef every year. Hunting parties were our regular fall gatherings with family and friends; a chance to make my grandpa’s German goulash with wild game and to bring the banjo out for a jam session. One neighbour raised chickens, another pigs. Farm fresh eating was the ultimate luxury during summer and autumn months and by the time winter came around my Grandma, mom and aunts had pickled, canned, and frozen enough of the excess to get us through. While not a ‘fancy’ cook, my mom is a good, steady farm cook but baking bread is another story. My mom makes delicious bread and it’s still in great demand from family and friends alike.
I grew up, went to university and got my BSc. Paleontology. Had a family and moved to Calgary. I enjoyed cooking and experimenting a bit but it wasn’t really until we moved the family across the world that I really fell in love with pretty much everything to do with food. We lived in Bateman, Western Australia (Perth) for two and a half years and during that time I really became inspired by the local food scene. It’s a glorious mash-up of the freshest available Australian products mixed with cuisines from around the world.
While living overseas, we took the opportunity to travel to other countries as well. South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Bruneii, Malaysia and Indonesia. Once in a while (but not enough!) you will see these influences in my cooking. I always become inspired when I travel!
It’s been almost five years since I started Dish ‘n’ the kitchen. I’ve learned so much during those years and not all of it is technical. I cherish the people of I’ve met and each experience I’ve had and I look forward to so much more!