“Laughter is brightest where food is best.” – Irish Proverb

I absolutely love cooking and relish good food! Cooking, for me, is a love and pleasure. It is such a beautiful way of giving and sharing. I grew up with a serious love of food but now with my own family – a wonderful husband and three gorgeous teenage daughters, it has never meant more!

When a meal is shared at our table or around our bench, the hectic pace seems to stop a little. Not only do we enjoy the food and it’s many flavours but we stop and enjoy each other and all of the things that make us a family. Catching up around the table, with extended family and friends is also very special and extremely fun.

I make it a priority to make the time to share good food with family and friends. It brings a very special richness to my life.

Generally, my days take on a very hectic pace! I think so many of us are in the same boat. As the days get busier, I am thankful that I have the skills to make a meal that is fresh, fast, healthy and full of amazing flavour.

I love the rare days where I have the time to create and make something slow and purposeful in the kitchen. I love food, I love cooking and I love eating. Sitting around a table with friends and loved ones, sharing a meal, laughing and talking, is one of life’s great joys. Most days, however, time is at a premium and simple food that is full of flavour is the key. I am not at all averse to taking shortcuts when the days have been busier than usual. Some pretty wonderful meals can be ‘whipped up’ with what stores most of us have at home. I guess the key is in knowing how to put it all together. Cooking is a life skill for good health, happiness and well being.

Several years ago now, I took a leap. One of the best leaps of my life really; the leap to start sharing my recipes and my passion for cooking with others and so we opened the doors to Relish Mama early 2009.

The classes are enjoyed with amazing people who come to Relish Mama cooking school and who want to expand their menu, make the recipes their own and then enjoy the pleasures of sharing a lovely relaxed meal with those around them.

Growing and developing ‘Relish Mama’ cooking classes has been a joy, to say the least. I have had the pleasure of meeting and cooking with some wonderful people and I feel really fortunate to have shared a kitchen and a table with you.

Although our beautiful business looks a little different after the challenging previous year of 2020, I sincerely look forward to continuing to share and create with you all again.  Thank you for your wonderful feedback, your compliments and in so many cases, the great recommendations to your friends and family.

Relish mama two books

After the success of the first Relish Mama cookbook in 2014 the second much-awaited cookbook Relish Mama ‘Family’ was published in 2018. The first Relish Mama cookbook was also proudly re released in 2019.

These books celebrate ‘real food’. Food that you will be bursting to cook, eat and share with those who you call ‘family’.

Nellie has a diploma in Nutrition. She is also a regular contributor to online and printed resources as well as Coast magazine.

Nellie conducts incredible food tours to Italy and Europe annually. In 2020 we are heading to Tuscany, which promises to be an unforgetable adventure. Click here for more info or here to read about our previous tours to Portugal, Liguria, Sicily and Morocco. These tours are bucket list kinda stuff.

I hope our classes bring you joy and that there is also much love and laughter around your table, always. I truly look forward to cooking with you soon!

With love,

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