Hi, I’m Nicole and I’m so pleased you stopped by.
I am a Melbourne-girl, although originally from Brisbane, I moved here almost four years ago and I love this city. I am a very proud mum to my rescue bitsa (a bit of this, a bit of that) dog, Ted, and have a terribly sweet fella along for the ride too. I work in the wine industry and am studying the Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma- one of the precursor qualifications to the Master of Wine. At various other times I have been a Pharmacist, actor and production manager. I believe in chasing your dreams, fairies and that peanut butter is a food group.
I live to eat and I eat to live. I live to drink… no hang on, that might give you the wrong impression. I love food and wine but in Australia we still have a bit of a mixed up relationship with wine, and alcohol in general. I have quite a European approach to life. I love eating and drinking but I do so in moderation and that makes it so much more fun. I adore eating out, I delight in playing about in the kitchen and adapting recipes or making things up as I go along. In restaurants and wine bars I am that girl that sits there sniffing her wine glass with a dreamy expression. For me, life is about subtlety, complexity, elegance, fun and a lack of pretention.
I want more people to enjoy wine and to achieve that, we need to move past the wine-wanker attitudes. What I hope to create here is some inspiration to try new things. I also want us to hang up our negative attitudes about food. Great food is one of the most achievable and simplest pleasures in life. There is no such thing as ‘bad’ foods and ‘good’ foods, especially when the ‘good’ ones taste bad and the ‘bad’ ones taste oh so wonderfully good. My approach is to eat nutrient-rich, healthy, delicious foods most of the time so that when I want salted caramel surrounded by peanut butter baked into a cake and dipped in chocolate, I can enjoy every morsel. It’s all about balance.
What you will find here is:
- Uncomplicated, delicious recipes- some full of nutrients and some just glorious indulgence.
- Reviews of places I enjoy eating and drinking.
- Wine talk that I hope will encourage you to learn more about wine and explore new and fantastic varieties and types.
I am a chatter, a communicator, a connector so please hang about and leave a comment when you read my posts. I want to get to know you 🙂