akitchencat is a proudly Canberran food blog, written and photographed by Tash who prides herself on being one part foodie and one part crazy cat lady.
I live with my partner, a rescue cat (and usually a few foster kittens) and a KitchenAid named Heston.
A self-confessed foodie and a bit of a kitchen control freak, I can often be found flagging pages of my recipe books with colour coded post-its. I’m nitpicky about little things, I like my cutlery and spice jars to match which might make you think that I’m super neat – unfortunately, that’s not the case. I’m an unashamedly messy cook. I tell myself it’s because I need a bigger kitchen but really, I know I’m just messy. Oh well, at least I’m a decent cook. Can’t win ‘em all right?
I have a sweet tooth and a penchant for food with big, bold flavours. I’m a terrible perfectionist. I love fine dining but my heart lies in street food – dirty, dodgy, side of the road, hands on kind of food. Oh, and I love dinner parties – there’s not much better in life than good food shared with great friends.
For me, food is about sharing. When I was younger, I remember guarding recipes like they were secrets – they were only to be shared with family, and then only if they begged for it. I bought recipe books then spent hours testing, tweaking and perfecting recipes only to have them eaten by the few people around me. They’d ask me for recipes and I’d smile knowingly and say it was a family secret. It was only when I was following my grandmother around the kitchen, writing and photographing her recipes that it dawned on me. So many of my happy family memories are shared table. The food that grandma cooked brought us all together. Why wouldn’t I want others to have the recipes that brought us all closer as a family?
So, here are the recipes I have had the pleasure of sharing with my family and friends. I hope that they become a part of your family’s meals and have a regular place at your table.