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)