About Me

Hey there.

My name is Helen and I’ve just started this food blog and it’s all a bit daunting. All other blogs I have looked at are amazing and the photos look great. I can’t even get my photos facing any direction other than sideways. I will however work it out.

This all started over the summer holidays about 3 days before I was due to go back to work. I’m a teacher and was doing everything in my power to forget about the coming school year. I was facebook stalking my friends and looking at another food blogger’s facebook food page and thought that that would be a great way to get my mind off work. I haphazardly put it all together and before I knew it I was Live! Live! Live!…and my facebook friends were starting to like my food page I called “Hel’s Kitchen” – so original I know. What the hell was I going to do?

So, I made a lovely dinner, photographed and posted it and it kind of went from there. This page has been my saviour this year. I can handle shitty teenagers and some teachers at work and I look forward to cooking the evening meal and posting about it. It has reawakened my passion for food and food shopping. I’m obsessed with my pantry (hence the blog name). It has brought back so many memories of my past obsessions and weekends spent at delis, markets and specialty spice stores buying things I knew I didn’t need but felt my pantry absolutely needed and I owed it to my pantry to have them.

My parents are Greek and came out to Australia in the 1950’s. My mum worked as a cook at Freemasons Hospital so we were raised not just on Greek food but very English food as well…I don’t know many Greeks who have made ‘Bubble and Squeak’ or ‘Irish Stew’…but we did. My dad is still searching for that perfect ‘Irish Stew’ he had in a pub in North Melbourne in the late 1950’s. Mum was and still is a great cook and I’ve learned a lot from her. Little cooking tips that make all the difference. It’s one of the reasons I love watching Nigella Lawson…she talks about her mum and grandmother’s tips and they are the same as my mothers’. We had puddings and trifles as well as Baklava and Semolina cake dripping with an orange syrup. We had Butterscotch and English Toffees in the pantry as well as boxes of wonderful Turkish Delight and jars of cherries in syrup. I loved our pantry when I was a kid. My parent’s pantry is now pretty sparse as mum is 76 and dad will be 83 this year and they are careful with what they eat. But I know that mum’s pantry was what kick started this food obsession in me.

My facebook page could not possibly satisfy my urge to write about food. It could not hold all of my long winded, off into lala land descriptions of food and the stories behind them. I swear I was going to write a book and call it “Recipes My Mother Gave Me” but Stephanie Alexander stole it and published it first…sheesh…just because she’s famous and all that! Then I was going to call it “My Greek Family Table” but someone else published one before me and then I couldn’t work out why I was going to call it that anyway as I hardly ever cook Greek food and my daughter only speaks a few sentences in Greek and my partner is Italian (with a little Greek thrown in, on his mother’s side). So, food blog it was. I know that even though my photos are facing the wrong way and I’ve posted some of my posts twice and I’m a little confused as to how all this works, I’m doing this for me. I love it and I love that I can use this as a kind of food journal for me. I would also love for others to enjoy it and got quite a thrill yesterday when I got my first “like”. Short lived…It was me!…I accidentally ‘liked’ my own post…how embarrassing! So tonight I wasn’t thrilled when I got another ‘like’…silly me…this time it was a real ‘like’. Someone else liked my post and it made me happy.

This little bit ‘about me’ is a taster of what you get when you read my posts…lots of ramblings from someone who loves food and sometimes can’t wait to hop into bed and think about tomorrow’s menu. Yes, I have a perfectly happy and very loving relationship and no, this is not something that fills my lonely nights or because I have nothing better to do. I love my family and I love feeding them and after tonight’s amazingly fall off the bone tender BBQ Pork Spare Ribs, my family love being fed too and so do my friends.

That’s all there is to it.

Cheers and Happy Food Dreaming!



36 thoughts on “About Me

  1. I stopped by because a mutual blogging friend (foodisthebestshitever) recommended your site. Glad I did … I look forward to reading more from you !! Stay hungry !! πŸ™‚

  2. I’ve just nominated you for a Liebster award. Please don’t feel pressured to respond. I do so to share what I admire with other people around me and hope that they also gain something from your little space on the web. Thank you for the inspiration that you provide me to stretch and challenge my blogging skills- Kumu

  3. Enjoyed reading πŸ™‚ Glad you found this outlet for yourself! I agree, it is scary jumping into the food blogging world…everyone has so many amazing blogs and pictures. AH! I have really learned that appearance for a meal is important when trying to portray it online but taste is still the most important!

    • Thanks πŸ™‚ It’s been a lot of fun and I’m still really intimidated by other blogs and photos but I have to agree with you about the taste being so important – I can post a picture of a stew, which never photographs well, but tastes amazing.
      Cheers for checking out my blog πŸ™‚

  4. Great Foodie Blog! I’ve really enjoyed your recipes and stories. I was referred to you by Texana’s Kitchen (Christine), who is a close friend of mine since the mid 1980’s, where we met in College. In fact I just saw her last month in Texas (home for the holidays) where she cooked us her deep fried turkey, which was amazing! I now live in Australia, Point Cook, VIC to be exact. I understand Texana recently sent you Velveeta Cheese! Too funny! Have you made anything with it yet? Did Texana send any recipes with this strange “cheese product”? PS: My next door neighbours are Greek, and they bless us with incredible sweet treats every Greek Easter!

    • Hey Lance. So glad you have enjoyed the blog – just a bit of fun but it’s been awesome ‘meeting’ so many foodies from all around the world. I love Christine’s blog and was blown away that she would actually take the time to send me Velveeta Cheese! She told me she had a friend from Point Cook visiting and that also blew me away – I’m in Newport so not that far from you – my best friend lives in Point Cook and am around there often – very small world! I haven’t made anything with this strange ‘cheese product’ as yet but have been checking out recipes on the internet and will hopefully make something soon after New Years and post it on here. Greek sweets are awesome, especially the syrup based ones like baklava. Anyway, I’m so glad you made contact and hope you continue to enjoy the blog (thanks for checking out my fb page too even though it’s been neglected of late)…Happy New Year to you and cheers πŸ™‚

      • Helen,

        Yes, it’s a small world out there! Amazing that you have followed a blog from a Texas cook, that just happens to be authored by a dear friend of mine, who I went to college with and remained close friends all these years, who has sent you Velveeta of all things. I love it. Also, keeping in mind you visit your close friend in Point Cook where I have decided to call home in this great Country of Australia. A small world indeed.

        As for Velveeta, I can not think of any use other than making a warm queso dip. You can substitute Velveeta for the Kraft “cheese” in the blue box sold at Coles and Woollies, which is not kept with the real cheeses. Instead, you can find this “fine cheese” where they keep spreads like vegemite and jams. As far as queso recipes, they can vary to extremes. This all depends on your tolerance of spicy peppers, other spices and desire of texture. Some recipes even add minced meat, but I find that a bit too heavy.

        As for me, I am an I.T. worker by day in the CBD (ugh) and an amateur cook by evening and on weekends. It all began when I migrated to Australia almost 12 years ago, back when Mexican food was horrible here. So I had to learn how to make my own flour tortillas, fajitas, etc. Luckily, I have seen a shift to good Mexican food here in the past couple of years. Mamasitas in the CBD is a good example of good Mexican food, yet with a good Australian twist. Well, after I was happy with my own Mexican food, I started exploring other foods, like slow cooked BBQ. My next venture is home made pasta. Wish me luck!

        Happy cooking & a happy New Year!


    • Hey there. That’s really gorgeous of you! Thank you. The last time I was nominated for an award the link that told me what to do didn’t work so I was unable to carry out the the task of accepting it properly and I felt really bad. What do I need to do for this? You have made my night πŸ™‚

      • Oops did I forget to add the rules? (was a BAD night getting kids to bed…). You just note with a link who nominated you, lists answers to the same questions I have on my page for the award and nominate another 10 blogs! cheers jen

  5. Hi Helen, I woke up this morning thinking about you being all the way down under, which brought me directly to your blog for a visit. Your pantry obsession moves beyond food. It’s more like the “Red Tent” – a colorful, tasteful, and aromatic romance, sprinkled with the spice of life and all the wonderful moments of past and future to come. Well done, and congratulations to you for opening up the pantry:)

    • Hi Sophie,
      These are the sweetest words. Thank you so very much for visiting. It’s always a great pleasure to open up in this way about the things you truly love – I’m not a chef and have no desire to be one. My mum has a lot to do with my love for cooking and my pantry obsession. I can make my dad eat anything, which is incredible as he is so fussy…some of the best memories and experiences through food…family, friends, food and telling stories…just go hand in hand πŸ™‚

    • Oh my word! That is so wonderful! Thank you so very much! I’m just reading through what I have to do as a winner of this award and will get to it as soon as I can. It was great to wake up to this, this morning πŸ™‚

What do you think? Thanks for visiting :)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s