About Me

tanja_photoA little over two years and some 500 posts later, it’s finally time to stop procrastinating and update my About Me page. So here goes…

Hello I’m Tanja. Welcome to my blog. A little corner of my world filled with food obsessions from my kitchen in Paddington, Sydney. You’ll find me feasting, sometimes fasting as my conscience dictates a modicum of damage control. An avid food enthusiast I believe anyone can cook – all you need is beautiful, fresh, seasonal ingredients, a wonderful recipe and an open mind.

Join me as I continue to chronicle the food I (and my family) love to eat. My blog posts almost always take me by surprise. Spontaneous and largely unplanned they’re an eclectic collection of recipes inspired by whatever is in season and catches my eye. There’s the very much loved traditional Italian family recipes handed down through generations by word of mouth. Interspersed with those retrieved from the groaning shelves of my rather vast  cookbook collection, or depths of the Aladdin’s cave of magazine and newspaper clippings that reside in the bottom of my kitchen drawer. On occasion, an  “accidental” recipe makes the cut, cobbled together in haste or desperation from the seemingly mundane contents of my fridge and pantry. Whatever its provenance, I can promise, each recipe is tried and true, although photographed with varying degrees of success (or not) by myself, a novice point and shooter, using nothing more than my trusty iPhone.

Not too long ago I stumbled across Michael Mosley’s intriguing BBC documentary Eat, Fast And Live Longer, providing something new to write about. My own 5-2 challenge? How to create interesting plates of food for under 500 calories a day that I would love to eat. That idea has captured the imagination of many of my followers. Hence once a week interspersed amongst all the feasting there’s a fast day meal idea. The emphasis very firmly on fresh, healthy and vibrant whole food; cooked from scratch, visually appealing and full of flavour.

Thanks for dropping in, I hope I’ve inspired you to get cooking.


Feel free to get in touch by either posting a comment below or sending an email to thepaddingtonfoodie(at)gmail(dot)com.

96 Responses to About Me

  1. Kate says:

    Hi Tanja,
    Just found out that you are back online. I was a subscriber to your blog. Could you please add me to your email list again. I always worried about what had happened to you.
    Regards Kate.

  2. Robert Kean says:

    Hi Tanja,
    I just wanted to say how much I love your recipes. I discovered your blog nearly two years ago when looking for 5:2 day inspiration and a few of your recipes have become fast day favourites. In fact I love your Chinese Style Omelette so much I have it even on non fast days! Last night I tried your Spicy Chinese Style Roasted Green Beans With Stir Fried Pork which was delicious and over Easter when I had visitors staying I made Slow Roasted Pork Belly Scented with Fennel and the blanching worked a treat for crispy crackling ….thanks to you, everyone was very impressed with my culinary skill.
    I hope you find the time one day to start posting new recipes but in the meantime I will continue to work my way through what is already available.
    Thank-you for such a great resource.
    Kind Regards

  3. Catherine Santo says:

    Hello Tanya, I have just discovered your blog and have fallen in love with it. The recipes are exactly what I love to cook and your writing is wonderful. Please come back soon! Catherine

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