about

photo_1My name is Esté and I’m a 30-something lover of all things food. I’m married and have two dog-children, a yorkie and a golden lab. I was born in South Africa, then immigrated to New Zealand with my family when I was 18. After living in Auckland for 12 years I recently moved to Australia with my husband. My ‘day job’ is in recruitment, but my real passion is spending time in my kitchen. The Food Dream is to one day own my own little coffee shop and dessert bar, and starting this blog has brought me one step closer to thinking that it might not be such an impossible dream after all.

This blog is all about my adventures with (mostly) sweet things and showing my friends and my family how easy and extraordinarily rewarding baking can really be. And it will be a combination of a few things, chronicling the things I get up to in the kitchen, sharing some family recipes and sharing the clever ideas I come across that make my life easier and happier. I will also dedicate one section to ‘Desserts for Two’ that will be exactly that, recipes that are adapted to only fill two bowls at the end of the night.

Perhaps a little background on where my passion comes from. Both my mother and grandmother love (and very sadly, loved) being in the kitchen and making food for the mere pleasure it brings people. I will have lasting memories of my grandmother, with her back hunched over because of her arthritis, shuffling around slowly and purposefully in the kitchen always baking for everybody in her old age home just to bring a little bit of happiness to their lives. She really got what it meant to serve others with food, and just how much such a small act can mean. And that is what I love, that food brings people together, it brings so much happiness and creates so many memories. So as my inspiration and aspiration, I hope to follow in their footsteps…

33 responses to “about

  1. Good on you dear friend. I can testify to your amazing skills in the kitchen and am looking forward to following your adventures here =) lovies

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    • Thank you so much! 🙂 I loved reading your about page – it’s great to meet like-minded people who get that spending time in the kitchen is a blast. Would also love to go to Italy one day for the food and the coffee!

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  2. What a lovely blog! Thanks for signing up to follow me. I am delighted to return the favor, and look forward to more of your sweet recipes and inspiration! {sweetestmami at howsweetlifeis.com} xo

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  3. This is such a beautiful blog and I love your baklava post! I also know exactly what you mean about food & love & memories. I feel the same way. Actually, I’m trying to gather stories of food memories on my blog, if you’re interested in reading some really touching memories people have shared with me about food and their fathers. Either way, I’m so happy to have come across your blog and look forward to following your posts more! Good job!

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    • Thanks Erika! And how lucky are you to be able to eat your way through Melbourne 🙂 That city is definitely at the top of my foodie-must-do list! Excited to follow your lovely blog to see all the must eat places for when I finally get down there 🙂

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  4. Hi, I saw your blog link from another blog I was reading, and thought I would take a look at your recipes. They look delicious! I love to make desserts also, and have some of the same goals that you have as far as wanting someday to own a bakery and make people happy by cooking for them and sharing recipes. It is very nice to find your blog, and I look forward to seeing future posts!

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    • Hi Shari, thank you so much 🙂 Looks like we do have a lot more in common – I love to eat also! Your blog is lovely, I am looking forward to reading all about Arizona (would love to visit there one day), and getting some inspiration for Mexican recipes. We also have our faith in common, it is always nice “meeting” like-minded people!

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  5. Hi Este, I am so happy to hear about all the things we have in common. Isn’t it wonderful that even though we live on the other side of the world from each other we can feel connected. I would love to visit Australia some day, also. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. It is very nice to meet you.

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  6. First: I love the name – Vanilla Bean Diaries– Awesome! Second: you have a cool blog. Nice pics. and great food. Looking forward to amazing posts from you.

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    • Hi Namrata thank you so much for visiting my blog! I absolutely love your blog name too 🙂 so much character.. And your photos are awesome too, I look forward to seeing more delicious meat-free ideas from your blog 🙂

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    • Thank you so much! Love your blog too – we have a very similar philosophy on food, I also hate using anything out of a bottle or can and make fresh from scratch where ever I can. Love your photo’s too 🙂

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  7. I liked and bookmarked some of your recipes and I told myself ‘why not follow this amazing blog?’ and here I am… Looking forward to your new adventures! And oh! I love that apron of yours!!! xx Jhuls

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    • Thank you for all your lovely comments Jhuls and for following! Love your food story…very similar to mine and I am 100% with you on reading – it is just the best feeling being able to escape in a good book!! Look forward to reading more about all your baking and cooking adventures! 🙂

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