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Where it all begins

June 26, 2010 1 Comment

Ciao everyone. So here I am finally starting my food blog. I can now talk about WHY I find food so fascinating, interesting and why it such a passionate part of my life. I truly love cooking and realise now after many years that this connection to it is very deep and meaningful to me. I see cooking as an art form but also it very much connects me to my roots. I come from a family of AMAZING women cooks. It all started with my great grandmother who was a great influence on her daughters and taught them the art of Italian cooking. My grandmother and her sister lived in a village just outside of Rome. My grandmothers sister started a restaurant called Ristorante La Ciociara which is still operating and now run by my mothers cousin.

My mother learnt to cook through her amazing mother and has worked in 2 restaurants herself so far and has been serving up amazing cuisine from her own kitchen in melbourne for many years.. and this is where I learnt the art of cooking. Not that I think I am an amazing cook but I sure have the desire and passion to be one. Lets say that I am working on it and will probably work on it for the rest of my life but for now I am proud to say that I am passionate about this craft and want to explore it and cultivate. I see it not only as art but a link to my culture and family and this idea makes me even more passionate about it all and it fuels my desire to learn more and more. Learning more about cooking makes me feel closer to my family and teaches me more about them. It is perhaps for this very reason I am particularly interested in the Italian cuisine of the Lazio region. In particular as we call it the ‘casareccio’ way of cooking, the ‘homestyle’ traditional way of cooking Italian and its amazingly fresh ingredients. I am also interested in how Italian cooking has evolved within an Anglo-Saxon society given that modern Italian restaurants seem to be all the rage. Hopefully I will be exploring some of these topics amongst many other things. It is my observation that Australians have become very food savy and I LOVE the idea of this given that they have come such a long way in such a short time. It is true that the influense of other cultures within Australia has not only made it a melting pot of cultures but also a complex and interesting maze of cultural cuisines. What a great place to learn more about food. Our sophisticate coffee culture in Australia even shut Starbucks down!!!

I hope you enjoy my blogs and all the pics of the food I cook. Don’t be a stranger and say HI!

BUON APPETITO!

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