Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do //
Hi, my name is Emma Galloway. I'm a former chef, mother of two, cookbook author, photographer and real food lover. I share recipes, photos and stories on my award-winning food blog My Darling Lemon Thyme.
Where do you live and what part of it do you love most? //
I'm originally from Raglan, New Zealand but have been living in Perth, Western Australia with my husband and kids for the past three and a half years. The thing that I love most about this place is all the amazing people I have met. I feel honoured to now call them my friends.
I also love the amazing food and produce here in Western Australia and the availability of tropical fruit! I'm not sure if it's something that I'll get over, especially after coming from New Zealand where it's too cold to grow things like mangoes!
What's your creative / cooking space like? //
Embarrassingly ugly I'm really sorry to say! The kitchen in our current rental is functional, but far from pretty. Bright blue bench tops and lino floors may have been in fashion back in the 80's, but it sure as hell ain't nowadays - ha! I guess it goes to show that even in the most basic (and ugly of spaces), you can create beautiful things.
When it comes to your cooking, where do you draw inspiration from? //
All over the place! My parents and the (alternative) way in which we were brought up as kids is one of the biggest inspirations for me; eating seasonal, homegrown or local produce which is prepared simply, and where there's an emphasis on nourishment and enjoyment are things I remember from my childhood.
A stroll around our local farmers markets every Saturday morning is usually enough to get my creative juices flowing. I also draw a lot of inspiration from my husband's family. He was born in Vietnam and I love hanging out in the kitchen with my mother-in-law, learning all the tricks of the trade.
If you could only live with ONE food for the rest of your life, what would it be? //
Oh gosh, that's a hard one! I couldn't think of anything worse than only being able to eat one thing for the rest of my life. If we're talking food groups I'd have to say vegetables, but if I have to narrow it down even further I would probably have to say avocado. I adore them as they're both nourishing and tasty!
Describe your perfect meal //
Something fresh, spicy, sour, crunchy and creamy all at once!
Fresh Asian herbs, loads of chilli, a squeeze of lime, the crunch of toasted cashews and creamy avocado all tossed together with slippery rice noodles. This takes me to my happy place, every time.
I started my blog back in July 2010 as a place to share my new-found knowledge on gluten and dairy-free living. Friends had suggested I start a blog and after getting another email from a friend asking to send through a recipe, I thought it didn't sound like such a silly idea.
Over the past four years I've poured my heart and soul into the space and am super proud that it has led to my first cookbook being released!
What do you like to do in your spare time? //
To be honest, between looking after my two kids, writing a cookbook, blogging and catching up with friends there really ain't a whole lot of spare time left in my life! I do make sure I find the time to exercise at least 2-4 times a week though, which is about the only 'extra' thing I have time for.
Where is your one happy place? //
Wherever I'm surrounded by the people I love most in the world.
What's your favourite day of the week? //
Sunday = lazy day!
Name 3 people that constantly inspire you //
Heidi Swanson - her style, her presence, her inspiration, her encouragement.
Jude Blereau - her realness, her knowledge, her gift.
Shauna James Ahern - her honesty, her humility, her knowledge, her love.
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