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A year ago, while wandering through a house that was too big for my family, filled with things I didn’t care much about, I realized that it was time for a fresh start.  I took the leap and reduced our living space by seventy percent and moved into a 1600 square foot house without a garage or a basement.  For us it was a realistic and dramatic difference that required us to discard, donate and gift more than 75% of our possessions.

Living smaller doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style or giving up things that are important to you.  It’s distilling down to the things that have meaning and discarding the rest.

I now have a house that suits my personality and the time I’ve gained by living in a smaller, easier to maintain house is hard to quantify.

I didn’t need a bigger house or more space, I just needed to let go of all the things that I had been dragging around with me for years.  I feel a clarity and peace that has always alluded me and I find that I can focus on the things that I’m passionate about.

This blog is a chronicle of pursuing those passions.  A few years ago I picked up a camera and was instantly enchanted.  I have had a love/hate relationship with food all my life.  I went on my first diet when I was eight years old. I took Weight Watchers meals to school in my lunchbox.  I have tried pretty much every diet there is and I have been chasing numbers on the scale for as long as I can remember.  It took me a really long time to come to terms with the fact that I will never be my what I always thought was my ideal body weight and I am okay with that.  I’ve learnt that it’s more important to be active and eat well and gauge my success by how I feel and not how I look.

I’m tired of being afraid of my food.  I feel like we are an all or nothing kind of society.  You shouldn’t eat sugar, you should only eat plants, avoid all grains.  I don’t feel it’s my place to tell you how to eat or what is right or wrong for you.  I’ve spent most of my life feeling bad about the food choices I made and I don’t want to perpetuate that cycle.

Most of the recipes you will find here are healthy, a lot of them are vegetarian or vegan but I don’t subscribe to any particular lifestyle or philosophy.  I like to utilize unique ingredients from many cultures and am never afraid to experiment in the kitchen.  I choose to eat the way I do so that when I want to indulge, I can.  There are no hard limits in my kitchen.  I try to find a balance between healthy and indulgent and I believe that everything is okay in moderation.  I eat mainly whole foods, based around what I find in season at my local farmers market.  If I indulge in something sweet, the rule is I make it myself.  I consider food one of life’s biggest pleasures and I love cooking for my loved ones and friends.  I hope that I can inspire you to fall in love with your kitchen and make the time you spend there pleasurable and effortless.

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