Introducing TDPC – Sandra

Sandra from PleasePassThe Recipe
Sandra from PleasePassThe Recipe

Sharing good food, fine wine and stimulating conversation at the dinner table is my favourite pastime, so planning, cooking and posting for a virtual dinner party hosted by “The Dinner Party Collective” is for me an exciting new project.

Australia’s ground breaking food doyenne Stephanie Alexander is responsible for my obsession with food. I dined at her very first restaurant in the 1970s and that single experience unleashed a latent interest. I developed a passion for cookbooks and an enthusiasm for cooking schools which led me to being a willing captive in the kitchen.

I have pursued my passion for food in many ways, from feeding my kids to leading a kitchen brigade of ten. It’s the alchemy of transformation that holds me in it’s thrall, the art of creating well crafted, delicious tasting food from simple fresh seasonal ingredients. My influences are broad and eclectic. I am an instinctive cook and I trust my palate to guide me.

The privileges of travel and living in a multicultural society have exposed me to a plethora of the world’s cuisines. As my interest in each has been piqued I have sought to connect with the authentic traditional foods of a region to gain an understanding of the interplay of taste, ingredients and cooking methods. These encounters have exposed me to new flavour profiles and broadened my appreciation of the benefit of eschewing gadgets, short cuts and pre prepared ingredients. I’m not much interested in fads and fashion, laborious and other worldly techniques or outlandish elaborate presentations. The style of food I prefer has clean clear flavours, simple construction and visually appeal. Blogging seems the natural progression in my food journey, a journey which has mirrored the growth of Melbourne as a foodie capitol.

I hope my involvement with “The Dinner Party Collective” will not only give me the opportunity to share what I have learned, but also provide enrichment from collaborating with other wine and food enthusiasts.

Cheers, and here’s to stress free dinner party entertaining.

Sandra (Please Pass the Recipe)

37 thoughts on “Introducing TDPC – Sandra

  1. polianthus

    Reblogged this on polianthus and commented:

    Meet Suzanne – queen of clean flavour, visually appealing food, and an instinctive cook! Her toast – “here’s to stress free dinner party entertaining” is one I wholeheartedly toast as well, not that I ever manage, Suzanne is one of the first members of Margot’s TDPC – read about her here:

  2. Fae's Twist & Tango

    Dear Sandra, The day I found your blog, I thought I was in heaven. I love your approach in cooking and most of all, sharing your knowledge of foods and cuisines. I learned a lot from you. Looking forward to see what you would contribute here. 🙂

  3. Ginger

    It’s always exciting to find out what got others into cooking, especially when they’re from such ‘exotic’ places as Australia! Guess who’ll be googling ‘Stephanie Alexander’ right now …

  4. apuginthekitchen

    Reblogged this on apuginthekitchen and commented:

    I would like to introduce you to Sandra one of the talented cooks that I will have the pleasure of working with at TDPC. Her blog “Please Pass The Recipe” is filled with fantastic recipes and lots of helpful information, without further ado meet Sandra……

  5. teagan geneviene

    It’s a joy to meet you Sandra. I loved your comment ” It’s the alchemy of transformation that holds me in it’s thrall…” Kitchen alchemy is the best! 😀 Huge hugs.

  6. tinywhitecottage

    Exciting! Oh my Sandra, this piece is so eloquently written. I can’t wait to see the first menu and look forward to being a part of a top class group of blogging friends. 🙂 Seana

  7. ladyredspecs

    Hah, I hear you Eha, but for some it’s an intimidating prospect. Remember progressive dinners? This is it’s virtual reincarnation, and the best bit is you don’t have to drive!

    • Eha

      Oh, I very much remember [and some were actually awfully good fun!!] . . . and this way you could have that extra glass poured . . . 🙂 !!

  8. Eha

    Boringly obvious that I shall be following . . .sugar, I must be getting old as for me a ‘dinner party’ or simply ‘having friends in for a damn good dinner’ has never gone out of fashion or style 🙂 !!

  9. ladyredspecs

    Reblogged this on Please Pass the Recipe and commented:
    My fifteen seconds of glory, my moment in the sun, whatever you call it, today I was introduced at “The Dinner Party Collective.”

    This exciting new blog is a collaborative project, the brainchild of Margot from Gather and Graze. She has brought together a group of bloggers to plan, prepare and post menus for seasonal dinner parties. The first will be published in June, and I feel both privileged and excited to be developing and planning a special main course for our southern winter dinner.

    Hop over to TDPC, push the follow button, meet the others involved and stay tuned for some delicious posts……..

    • polianthus

      Dear Sandra – how lovely to meet you – great into post – love the photo – look foward to working alongside you on this exciting new project :)! Anyone who ends a post “here’s to stress free dinner party entertaining” is a hero in my book!

  10. ladyredspecs

    Her very first restaurant was a tiny shop front 30 seater in what was then a very gritty Brunswick St Fitzroy. It was ground breaking in it’s day. Now she’s influencing my grand daughters with her kitchen garden scheme at their primary school…

  11. Gather and Graze

    Beautifully written Sandra. I’m always excited to find out where people’s love of cooking originated from and I think for many Australians, Stephanie Alexander is likely to be entwined in there somewhere along the way. My ‘Cook’s Companion’ is one of my most treasured and used cookbooks… M

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