Sarah Tuck & From The Kitchen
Here at The Food Bible, we are always looking to highlight some of the incredible recipes and food blogs from the most talented people in the world. Sarah's recipes are deliciously unique and well thought out, with an emphasis on recipes that the family can enjoy together. We are very happy to have Sarah as a Food Bible friend and will continue to promote her incredible recipes as she continues to develop them and stun us into a food coma with her tantalizing food photography! Please visit her website; From The Kitchen, by clicking on the image below!
Some Words from Sarah
Hi and welcome to From the Kitchen! Originally I was going to call my blog "Stuck In the Kitchen" as my initials are S.Tuck - but my boys convinced me that people might think I don't like being 'stuck in the kitchen' - when I absolutely love it!
I have started this blog for several reasons, one I guess because I work(ed) in a foodie job where I do a lot of background work and prep, with limited opportunity to share my own ideas. (I left the a fore-mentioned job with Annabel Langbein at the end of June 2013 to start freelancing with recipe development, styling and photography - yippee!). Secondly, and much more importantly, I have always loved cooking. Growing up my lovely Mum hated everything about cooking (especially dinner parties), finding the whole thing stressful and unpleasant - and she still does. Conversely I have always felt relaxed in the kitchen - it calms me down - I have been known to bake 6 varieties of cakes in a day once during a very stressful week before moving to Sydney a few years ago. I am neither a baker nor a cook - I'm not fussy, I love it all! I'm slightly perfectionist (my friends are laughing at a wee bit of understatement) and it gives me enormous pleasure to cook for people.
I hosted my first dinner party for about 12 guests when I was 16, and catered a wedding (solo except for wait staff i.e my sister, her husband and my future-husband, all bewildered by their lunatic relative) on Boxing Day when I was about 22 years old. Somehow though I never thought of 'food' as a proper job and started my career in the sales side of magazine publishing, where I spent 8 years. Many, many years later I fell into a foodie job and here I am - loving every minute of it.
My 15 16 17 year-old calls it my mid-life crisis and my 17 18 19 year-old (yikes where does the time go???) tells me I'm addicted...sadly they may both be a little bit right. But it's OK, I continue because it's fun, and I fantasise that someone might actually cook some of my recipes and enjoy them, and that would make my day. I'm always up for a challenge, so if you have a particular recipe or food you'd like to try, leave a comment, and I'll practice 'til I get it right (the upside of being a perfectionist) then post it...bring it on!
I'd love to hear from you.
P.S. did I mention I love food?
- I live in beautiful Auckland, New Zealand, but head out to Waiheke Island to our little patch of paradise whenever possible. As you will have seen from blog posts I am married (for almost over 25 years!) to my childhood sweetheart Nick, and we have two fabulous, gorgeous teenage sons and two mad terriers.
- I have no formal cooking training, but have been at home in the kitchen for as long as I can remember. I did an 18-month stint of recipe development (cooking, testing, developing, writing and styling) for NZ celebrity cook Annabel Langbein, leaving at the end of June 2013 to pursue a freelance career.
- All the recipes, styling and photography on the blog are mine, photos taken with my Nikon D600 D800, a gift from Nick when I started getting obsessive about my pics. I always hope to have the food as the hero of the shot, I love choosing props and setting a mood but if you don't want to dive in and eat what's in the photo, I'm not achieving my goal.
- I am a big fan of using fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. Pretty much the only things I'll ever use from a can are chickpeas, tomatoes and sweetened condensed milk. That said, I don't believe in making life harder on yourself than necessary, and am all for food processors, blenders and the occasional use of the microwave.
- When I have talked about this blog with people who know more about these things than me, I have been advised to choose an angle. I should pick something like vegan or vegetarian, or healthy or family meals, or baking and desserts, or gluten-free or wholefoods or organic. But I can't. The thing is this is real food for real people who are multifaceted like me. Sometimes I crave a perfectly cooked piece of steak, other times all I want is loads of fresh, gorgeous vegetables or salads, occasionally a nice big piece of cake with a cup of tea or maybe a decadent dessert. I can't choose, all I can do is share with you the recipes I love and hope that you will love them too.
- My other career highlights include 8 years in sales management in magazine publishing, 2 years as Sales Director Of Elizabeth Arden NZ before leaving to have the first of my two lovely boys, and 6 years as the owner operator and personal trainer of a fitness boot camp which I sold just before starting my work in the 'cooking' industry. Throughout all of my other careers however, food was central to my very existence! (obviously...!).