Food is and always has been a magnanimously important part of my life. It shapes my experiences, influences my moods and connects me in a way that nothing else can, to people: friends, family, and the world around me.

My earliest memories are inextricably linked to food; sitting in the kitchen with either my mother or my grandmother as they whipped, mixed, stirred and kneaded away. It seemed like magic to me, how a selection of ingredients can be transformed into something so delicious and soul-soothing.

Most of the memories that I hold of my grandmother took place primarily in the kitchen with her army green Kitchen aid in the centre. Whenever I have moved into a new home, the first thing that I unpack is my own Kitchen aid. It is my symbol for love, nourishment, food, gathering; home!

I find myself in the kitchen whenever I am stressed out; whenever I am happy; whenever I need to make a decision-it is my sanctuary; space to meditate, contemplate, replenish.

I love connecting to people and food is one of the primary ways in which I do this. Whenever I take a taxi ride, for example, I always engage in conversation, which inevitably ends up with some discussion over food. Some time ago, I decided to pose just one question during my rides; “What is your favourite food, “and what emerged was a plethora of delightful and wonderful stories, which formed the genesis to create a podcast centred around the stories told around food. So, here we go!

Enjoy this space as you travel through the delicious stories.