This months Favourite Foodie is the beautiful Stephanie from Friendly Little Kitchen. Steph hails from Melbourne, Victoria. After being diagnosed with a fructose malabsorption, Steph decided to take up a “Low FODMAP” diet from which the blog, Friendly Little Kitchen was born. Over the month of August, Steph will be sharing with us some of her amazing recipe creations. Now, onto a little more about Steph.
How did you get into cooking?
Since I was young, I could always be found following my mum around the kitchen, getting involved at any chance I could. I would spend school holidays with my Nonna, baking biscotti, making gnocchi from scratch, kneading bread and watching on as the loaves were fed into the wood fire oven. So really, cooking has simply always been a part of my life. Though I didn’t follow this path in my professional career, my spare time continues to revolve around cooking, recipe developing, sharing food with loved ones, and meticulously planning my next food escapade.
What’s your favourite recipe from your blog?
I would have to say my Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Icing. I created this cake to celebrate my first ‘blog-iversary’ and it’s been a big crowd pleaser ever since!
Sum up your food philosophy in three words
Balanced, wholesome, seasonal
What’s your favourite food memory?
A few years ago, my partner and I were travelling through Italy. On one of our last evenings of the trip we found ourselves immersed in an amazing night market lining the narrow cobblestone alleyways of Palermo, Sicily. It was more like a party than a market with music blaring and people bustling through the crowded streets to sample delicious street food – and not any old street food! Fresh seafood, vegetable fritters, porchetta rolls and other weird and wonderful things – being surrounded by good food and people so passionate about good food, definitely made for a memorable night.
What’s the one ingredient you have to have in your kitchen?
Coconut oil has literally taken over in my kitchen. In the last few years, I have gone from only using it in baked goods, to pretty much cooking everything in coconut oil. It’s so versatile and nutrient rich, I love it.
What’s the best piece of cooking advice you’ve been given?
There’s no one specific piece of advice that comes to mind but so much of what I know and love about cooking has come from my mum and the way she cooks. Her ability to whip up meals without recipes and make something so simple and so delicious out of the bare minimum, has hugely influenced the way I cook. It’s not fancy, but it’s real and wholesome food. It’s taught me be creative with what’s on hand and to have faith in my ability to throw something together, and to just have fun with it!