Hey there fellow foodies! I’m Vanessa. Wishing you a very warm welcome to My Homemade Kitchen. I am a humanitarian and philanthropist turned food obsessed recipe blogger. After dedicating my life to helping others, I decided after marrying my trusty side-kick (onion chopper, pot washer & dough kneader) in 2014, to create a bit more of a work/life balance. I left a 15 year career in the Human Rights and non-profit sector and started a new journey focused on life, love and family.
My hubby and I cook together daily. The kitchen is our happy place and we love our quality time together. Catching up on each other’s day while he does the chopping and I stir the flavour into the pot is where you will find us most evenings. Weekends are spent exploring food markets, delis, farms and the fantastic array of world class restaurants the Western Cape has to offer, or whipping up some tasty desserts or baked goods at home. Our shared love of food helps us to not only produce wonderfully delicious creations, but a ton of good memories too.
Our kitchen is about simplicity, creativity, colour and deliciousness. We make almost everything from scratch to ensure that our food is wholesome and free of nasties. And although I absolutely love my time in the kitchen, life is too short to slave over a hot stove for hours on end so my recipes are uncomplicated, mostly quick, and very adaptable. We like to make use of what we have in our fridge or food cupboard or what is in season, so a lot of my ingredients can easily be substituted. We also love supporting local producers and small businesses that share our ethos, so you will occasionally find a pre-made ingredient or two thrown in the mix.
Although we currently only cook for two, our recipes are family friendly flavour feasts. We do not use expensive tools or appliances so they are suitable for beginners as well.
Hop on over to my recipe pages and give some a whirl. Your comments and suggestions are always appreciated. And please do tag me on Instagram if you make one of my recipes. Happy cooking!