Cooking is my passion. I love that my family eat healthy delicious food. It is a challenge making food that the kids (7 and 8), the adults (one a chilli lover) and the german grandmother all love. My pet food peeve is the excessive use of cream, oil and butter. My favourite cookbooks are Stephanie's, an Australian classic, and Italian Cooking by Women's Weekly. I used to live in Melbourne which had the most wonderful restaurants and shops. Canberra is good but it's not Melbourne. I also lived in Japan for 5 years. I suspect that is why I don't like rich food. Also my husband is lactose intolerant so sadly I have to avoid cheese.