Welcome and hello 🙂 My name is Katrina and I love good food! Even though I love eating good food, I used to struggle making it. You see, I have a very strange history with cooking (or lack of cooking). I used to get so confused over what I should and shouldn’t be eating. There was so much conflicting information out there (and there still is!). Surely food that was sold to humans would be fit for human consumption and if a product says it’s “good for you” then of course it would be. Right?
My history with food went along the lines of this: I used to avoid the kitchen. I didn’t have the time, the energy or the knowledge to whip up a nutritious meal to feed my husband and I. After a big day at work, all we could manage was coffee and popcorn, or garlic bread, or if we were feeling healthy we would microwave a frozen crumbed fish fillet and a packet of frozen veggies. It’s so wrongly true. How times have changed!
Now I make all our meals – not out of ‘duty’ – but because I love, love, love cooking! I chuck on some radio tunes and my frilly apron and create something epic. The big gear-change for me was discovering I had a gluten intolerance (& Leaky Gut Syndrome), was obviously unhealthy because I was overweight, tired, maybe a little bit grumpy, and feeling sad. I eventually bought my Thermomix which I fondly named Tilly. Tilly gets a great workout in my kitchen, and together we create nutritious and delicious food from scratch. No more additives, preservatives, chemicals or un-foods in my meals anymore. Sure, I will order a dessert at a restaurant, enjoy a choc-top at the cinemas with friends, have a side of hot chips and live life! I love food and that means I also love the unhealthy stuff, but as we all know…it is all about balance. Eating the best you can most of the time! I must say, if I do have that choc top, I definitely feel it later that night and wake up the next day feeling gross. Sometimes it is just not worth it…but sometimes it is 🙂
The majority of food that passes my lips is unadultered, clean, fresh food and I eat this way because it makes me feel incredible. I have so much energy, enthusiasm for life and motivation. No more dreary, tripping-over-my-own-feet type of tiredness anymore. I never fully understood the importance of a healthy diet. I know that sounds so strange…and I should expect a “duhhhhh” response from you, but it’s true.
I love how I feel right now, and haven’t felt like this in a LONG time. My husband has decided to cut out all gluten and refined sugar from his diet also as he can see how much I have benefited from doing the same. He is more alert, obedient and a better listener. Nah 😉 He has always been a slim, fit person but now he is so much more alive….especially in the mornings! He used to never be a morning person and it was hard to get motivated to get up and get ready for the day.
The purpose of this blog is to be my recipe book. An online catalogue of my favourite recipes that I like to make at home. Some I have taken from other blogs and nutritional websites (you will know who they are as I will link to them), and some are my very own creations and adaptations. I also love to learn about health and what food can do for our bodies. This blog is also a little bit like a journal of things that I have discovered along the way. Sometimes a story about Farmer K will pop up on these pages.
The name Farmer K originated from my sweet mother-in-law. When my husband and I would go and visit his parents on their mini farm, I would throw on her gumboots and go out to feed the animals. From then on I was fondly called “Farmer K”. Now we have started our own mini farm in our backyard – chooks, herbs, veggies, fruit trees, bush tucker and a compost system. It is one of my favourite hobbies, so I am sure you will hear about some stories on this blog – errors, triumphs and questions.
I love to use good quality, clean food in my cooking. Food that is exactly what it says it is. Peanut butter that is just peanuts and oil and maybe a touch of sea salt, not hidden with numerous weird, scientific excuses for food. No thanks! I still get shocked when I read the label on bacon. Bacon has 7 ingredients! Bacon. I just shake my head and weep silently inside because of my love of bacon. BUT instead of feeling sorry for myself, I get busy and track down the real stuff. Our local butcher stocks the proper bacon since the requests for it started to roll in. Boom.
Yes, I do love honest food. To me, it’s all about turning honest food into goodness on a plate. I want to know where the food has come from, how it was made, that it’s safe and that it is good for me.
Thank you for visiting my blog 🙂
- How we are currently treating my husband’s painful disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis, through a No Starch Diet (NSD) which you can read about here.