The best place to start is at the beginning…
When I was a kid, my parents thought it would be a good idea for my sister and I to learn to cook. My sister was super keen, and I grudgingly went along with their idea of having each of us pair up with a parent to cook a fancy Sunday dinner on alternating weeks. As the weeks went on, the meals got more and more elaborate…and the Holloway sisters were officially cooks.
So cooking is cool?
When I moved out on our own, during university, I discovered that cooking was a skill that we had that most of my friends did not. I soon discovered the pleasure of others enjoying my food. It was addictive.
As I got older, and married, my husband and I became a regular dinner party hosts, and I loved planning menus and trying new dishes out on friends. I found myself being asked for recipes which I would duly photocopy, scan or type up – relishing the knowledge that our homes were known for good eats.
What do I like to eat?
To be honest, I like to eat just about anything (except for raw tomatoes).
I was raised by a Home Economist with a background in nutrition. So, even on my least responsible days, I’ve always felt guilty if there was nothing green on the plate.
That being said, I have ever been interested in dieting (l love eating way too much for that), but have always been interested in what I’m eating from a health perspective – preferring (for the most part) fresh whole foods over processed foods. More recently, inspired by a growing understanding of the environmental, ethical and health benefits, we have moved towards a primarily plant-based diet (read more here).
As a mom of now three little boys, today I eat a bigger variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, more legumes, more fish and am aiming for more and more whole grains. But as a food lover, there was certainly no way I’m going to sacrifice on flavour!
This blog is the result of this journey. Here I share the food I love to cook almost as much as I like to eat it. Best of all, the recipes here are made almost entirely from scratch and use whole ingredients, so you’ll feel good after eating too.