I’ve always found cooking therapeutic. During difficult times in my life I retreat to my kitchen, literally baking my way back to happiness. For me, it’s not just a place to prepare food – it’s a place to work through your troubles, and repair your soul. In late 2011 my 12-year marriage ended, and life seemed pretty daunting. I was suddenly a single parent of three beautiful children. I had bills to pay, and my own heart to heal. My philosophy has always been: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Or bake lemon polenta cake, lemon meringue pie, lemon drops, Tuscan lemon chicken, Asian style fish dish with lemon rice, lemon drizzle cake… well, you get my drift! So I found solace in my kitchen; baking cakes, making pasta, stirring risotto, and creating new dishes for my wonderful family and friends. Through food, I restored my confidence, and found my new direction in life. I wanted to utilise my skills as a Mum, teacher, cook, and food stylist and writer, and introduce people to my ‘Kitchen Therapy’.