What’s in a name?
A great deal apparently – especially when its yours, and has been your identity for a long time. I am known in teaching and blogging circles as Kitchen Diva – a name I began using 15 years ago.
I have used this name in all sorts of ways and places, but the time has come for Kitchen Diva to stand down.
I won’t bore you with the reasons I’ll just tell you that from today, my online world will be potager&pantry (.com)
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I live in a rambling wooden farmhouse in a small country town. We moved here from the city and always intended to have the picture-perfect potager as our back garden. Optimism outweighed reality, as we are dependent on our dam and rain-water cistern for all of our water. As several years of drought coincided with our move, we quickly learned that the Pinterest photos of abundant kitchen gardens were not possible for us (when the choice is showers and washing machines vs thirsty plants it seems like an obvious decision). That’s all changed now, as we’re about to discover the luxury of being connected to the town water supply, meaning that even in lean years we will have reliable access to at least some water.
As for the pantry, this is absolutely my favourite room in the house – it’s the original farmhouse pantry and is now sited in the centre of our kitchen/sunroom; maybe not the perfect choice but when we renovated our kitchen and extended our living space I insisted that the pantry had to stay, and so we built around it… In an assortment of jars, tins and boxes I store the things I consider pantry staples; some quite ordinary, some exotic and some downright weird, the results of compulsive buying and hoarding from our travels.
My food philosophy hasn’t changed with the name, I still believe that the online world is a confusing overload of ever-changing diets, eating regimes, exaggerated claims for super foods and wondrous ingredients. Each one promises to reverse the ageing process, help us achieve the body of our dreams, and turn us into righteous, healthy super-humans, the envy of all our Instagram followers.
It’s time to pare back and not pile on more information; explore ways to adapt our cooking to nourish both the body and the soul; to cut back on the shocking amount of food waste; to make food a source of joy and fulfilment and to experience the pleasure of growing and eating our own produce, no matter how humble our efforts may be.
To exchange empty calories, pretend foods and fake ingredients for natural solutions without compromising the result; this is my intention.
We need to feel sure in the knowledge that our efforts to feed ourselves, our families, friends and communities demonstrates our love in the best way possible.
I look forward to your company along the way…