My cooking life started with me not being able to boil water without burning it!
The man I married knew a bit about cooking so for the first couple of years of our marriage he did it all. It came as a shock to me when our first son was born and my husband announced that I was at home so I was the new cook.
Even creating basic meals such as spaghetti bolognaise were beyond my skill level at the time, so I went on a mission to learn to cook. Recipe books became my new best friends and I quickly learned that if I followed the instructions and looked at the pictures, I could create delicious food without too much drama.
My confidence grew and so did my skill level, until I finally got to the stage where I was able to serve up delicious meals without having Band-Aids wrapped around the majority of my fingers after a session in the kitchen.
When our second son was nine years old we discovered that he needed to be on a gluten-free diet. Regardless of the adeptness I had achieved in the kitchen, I didn't think I was equipped for such a big curve ball to be thrown at me.
Once again I went in search of recipe books, but this time for gluten-free kids. To my horror, I wasn't able to find any of these cookbooks that I had pictured myself sifting through, discovering amazing gluten-free meals and snacks I could create for my son.
Since then I have made it my personal goal to create tasty food and delicious recipes so that gluten-free kids everywhere can enjoy them.
Even now I still love to see people genuinely enjoying the gluten-free food I have made; and often without even knowing that it is gluten-free.
My ultimate goal is to make the gluten-free food look so appealing that it is the food that everyone wants to eat, whether the consumer is gluten-free or not!
My journey with food has been hugely rewarding for me and I hope that my story will help to inspire others who may have started out the same way.