I had rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.
~ George Washington
Hello, my name is Mel.
When this blog was born, I was living in a flat in Wellington, New Zealand with three brilliant boys, in a place we affectionately nicknamed “the Treehouse” for the way we were surrounded by bush and trees.
Many very good and very bad things happened in that year. I didn’t write about most of it on this site, but suffice to say, I became well acquainted with my kitchen on many a sleepless night and crazy day!
I spent over a year up in Auckland before embarking on a mini adventure overseas – and am now back in the windy city, writing, working and enjoying my daily windswept, tousled look which comes together so effortlessly. In many ways, it feels like I never left.
How Food caught me in a fishing net
I was born and raised in Southeast Asia. My childhood experience included wet markets, dumplings, snake soup, century egg congee, ducks’ tongues, travelling, and one short crazy ostrich ride (the last taking place on a trip to South Africa).
A few years ago, my family moved to one of the most beautiful countries in the world – New Zealand. I really only started cooking when I moved to a different city to pursue my degree. We had cooking rosters in the various flats I lived in… and as a result, hours of fun shopping on a budget, cooking together, eating some wonderful (and some less delightful) things. Some of my best memories are of flat meals (by candlelight on occasion), baking with my neighbours and getting a duck-shaped birthday cake one year from my friend Tabitha.
One of my favourite things is – can you tell? – food.
What I love about food is that it is alive. It connects us. It is as vital as air. It is an ever-present essential no matter where we are. A colourful focus, a reason to gather, a starting point for new friendships, a must at every celebration, a relaxing ice breaker, and of course, a necessity for survival.
It’s simple, complex, sensual.
I like food. I really do.
I also like words. Immensely.
This is where I document part of my journey with food, words, places, life and people. I hope you enjoy your visit!
Don’t forget now
Whether you are a first-time, closet or repeat visitor to my blog, I would LOVE to hear from you… so please don’t forget to leave me a comment before you go!
You can also send me an email at mel.treehousekitchen [at] gmail.com (replace the [at] with @).