When my dad sold the deli, only then did I realise the void we were going to have in our lives. No longer could we get free parma ham, pesto, olives, cheese, pasta etc. Why had I taken it for granted?! I was going to have to go elsewhere to stock up my cupboards and fridge. It was a shock to the system and it was then that I realised that I couldn’t walk away from my Italian food roots.
For the first time in a while, I decided to do something for myself and embraced everything I could to learn about it.
I started by teaching myself my favourite recipes that I had enjoyed many a time on our annual family Italian holidays in Puglia.
I held myself accountable by uploading them to a blog, that I thought no one would ever read. At the same time, I started a mini Italian food stall in Ode to the Deli, which is where the name Tiny Italian came from.
Over time, I started to notice a change. I was feeling more confident, and happier and it was due to making better food choices.
Rather than relying on takeaways and a pint after work, I was eating my way back to happiness with EASY, FEEL-GOOD, HEALTHY meals that were fuelling my body, mind and soul with goodness.
I was creating food that I absolutely loved to eat and was making me happy. I used to ask myself, ‘Why hadn’t I cooked more before?’.
However, I clearly remember believing that ‘good’ cooking was only for experts and that good cooking couldn’t come easy to someone like me. I soon realised how wrong I was.
My newfound love for cooking made me feel confident enough to regularly see and invite friends over for dinner which also positively contributed to my mental well-being.
Being with people you love is so important to daily wellness and this was what my Italian culture had shown me for years, but only now I understood the importance.
Plus, cooking was a great mindful activity to create a relaxing pause to everyday work life.
It was my time, time to relax, enjoy, switch on the radio and cook to my favourite tunes.
In 2018 I decided to leave the stressful corporate world of fashion, sharpen up my culinary skills at Leiths Cooking School of Food and Wine, and I travelled all over Italy to learn about all the amazing regional recipes and food culture.
Today the Tiny Italian is not only about sharing EASY, FEEL-GOOD, HEALTHY Italian recipes, but I have become a leading self-care cooking teacher who helps busy people achieve a healthy work-life balance by motivating them to love themselves with self-care cooking and easy feel-good Italian cooking.
By transforming and creating positive cooking mindsets cooking no longer feels like an everyday chore but a desirable delicious form of self-care.
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A newsletter to help transform your cooking mindset and relationship (the Italian way),
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The Self Love Cooking Club is all about being part of a community that’s here to support you inject more balance and self -love with feel good food and self care cooking.
A wellness cooking class not only involves learning to create delicious food alongside your work pals virtually but also incorporates fun mindful moments.
A cooking course to get you cooking delicious food by mastering 6 beginner-friendly key techniques so you can confidently whip up a variety of meals using everyday ingredients.