My adventures in the kitchen began when I was far too small to cook.  However, at age three, I was big enough to sit on the countertop and measure flour into my mother’s stand mixer.  For me, it was love at first measurement!  I was hooked, and my passion for the kitchen remains until this day.

Growing up in Washington, DC in the early 1970s, food was still very local and seasonal.  We ate a lot of traditional Southern food.  We prepared food that my mother’s paternal grandmother had taught her to make, using ingredients that were sourced within a 60 mile radius of our home.

Over the years, with the advent of modern transportation and farming, and successive waves of immigrants — not to mention a greater general interest in global food traditions — our cooking and our tables have evolved significantly.   My mother was always an adventurous cook.  She enjoyed experimenting with new recipes and ingredients. Needless to say, I was delighted to accompany her on her culinary adventures.  These early experiences shaped my view of food and hospitality.  They taught me to appreciate fine food and good cooking.

Over the course of my lifetime, I have been privileged to live on four continents.  Through these experiences, I have had the pleasure of exploring unique culinary traditions, tasting new ingredients, and learning new techniques.  I have also grown to appreciate the value of the fresh, locally-sourced, seasonal ingredients I remember enjoying as a child.

I am pleased to use this space to share my passion with all of you.  The recipes I share are likely to span the globe.  However, they will always be prepared with ingredients that are fresh, seasonal, and local.

Jeanette Marie
Johannesburg, July 2017