Welcome! I'm Anna and I live at the Shady Pine in Australia's Blue Mountains together with Mr Shady Pine and our cute and crazy Burmese cat Coco.
At the Shady Pine, we enjoy the simple yet the most jouyous things life has to offer; great wholesome food and a warm and welcoming home where our family and friends gather.
Like most people, I balance family, work and home responsibilities. One of the things I prioritise is cooking and eating wholesome and delicious food using the freshest ingredients I can find. That way I know what is in our food and what goes into our bodies...something a lot of us are more mindful about these days.
I think the way food has been represented in recent years has tended to polarise foodies into being either some sort of decadent gourmands who must disregard the obligatory buckets of cream or butter they use or as health fanatics who shun the thought of ever using the 'b' word.
I travel a happy road between these two views. What works for me is eating with the seasons rather than against them, experimenting with the vast variety of global ingredients available to us today, cooking at home as much as possible and of course sharing food and ideas.
This makes me somewhat of a food inclusionist I suppose as while I generally choose the healthier options, I find that I don't need to exclude anything and that these two states can happily coexist. And trust me, it will be a brave person who tries to come between me and a much anticipated piece of cake!
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I can be contacted at theshadypine[at]yahoo[dot]com[dot]au