I love cooking. I find it incredibly satisfying in so many ways. It enables me to unleash my creativity, while nurturing and showing my love to others. When I cook there is always a part of my soul on the plate.
I am not a trained chef. My cooking comes partly from watching and learning while growing up in an Italian family, and partly from having to cook for my own family and how it has changed year to year. My style of cooking, while predominantly Italian, changes too, depending on the seasons and what’s going on in my life. I love eating good food, and there is nothing better, in my mind, than a home cooked meal.
I grew up in a house where there was always a pot of sauce bubbling away on the stove, sending heady scents of garlic and oregano through our house. Nonna’s house was always a noisy place, filled with love, laughter and plenty of food. When I had my own family, I continued my my family’s legacy by sharing food with others. Nurturing my children, feeding family and friends. Cooking became a huge part of my life. So much so that I ended up on Masterchef Australia 2013. It solidified my passion for food and my desire to share it with others on a grander scale.
I have written two cookbooks, EASY HOME COOKING – ITALIAN STYLE and FOOD FOR SHARING – ITALIAN STYLE . Both books are all about easy and delicious food meant to be shared with loved ones. I am currently writing my third book THE SWEET LIFE, which is all about Italian style home baking and sweet treats. It will be published 2017.
I have produced a range of SPICES that bring a little of my cooking and recipes from my family into the kitchens of people all over Australia. I am very proud to say the products are Australian made. Look out for them in stores near you or you can order off me direct. I also run a catering business “Liliana’s Kitchen” which gives me satisfaction in feeding others and run cooking classes specialising in teaching how to make handmade pasta (which is a true passion for me).
I am very fortunate to be living a life where I get to pursue my passion, while still being able to be there for my children, who mean the world to me. They are the reason I do what I do, because cooking for your family is the greatest pleasure of them all.
I hope you enjoy visiting my website. I love hearing from you, and how my recipes turned out for you at home. I value all feedback and look forward to sharing with you.
Me and my J Boys