The hearty soup is based on my Dutch mother's tomato soup of which I have very fond memories. Made with rich broth of slow-simmered chuck beef and shins, vegetables and herbs; the aroma used to fill the house when she had a big pot on the simmer, often when we expected family and friends at birthday parties or other occasions. Served with fresh crusty bread and butter, it was the perfect dish to feed a hungry mob.
The food I cook is always full of flavour, based on traditional North European recipes, but also incorporating Mediterranean and Asian styles. Hearty comfort foods based on childhood memories. I lean towards fragrant curries, slow cooked meats, chunky soups, and traditional meals with a twist.
For me cooking is a celebration. It reminds me of how rich and lucky we all really are, being able to make foods that others can savour, and make us forget the difficulties in life for a while.