My Philosophy

Caring about where my food comes from is just as important as its nutritional content.”

Aliya Mazandarani

I have loved cooking and creating beautiful food since I was too small to reach the counter top. My Middle Eastern Grandmother, Bibi, who lived with us was up early every morning to start preparing the day’s food (yes, we had a large family – 10 kids in all!) and she has been much of my inspiration. She treated ingredients with love and care and gave much of her time to producing the fragrant wholesome dishes we all loved. Food was her love language and it’s without a doubt mine too! I loved to spend time with her and watch her stuff vine leaves and onions and rub spices into meat and chop mountains of fresh herbs. Still to this day I am in my happiest space when I am preparing meals for people I love.

Of course times have changed and we live a different paced life. We work longer hours and are less connected with the Earth and where our food comes from. In my journey to better health, life and food, I have found that much of my progress has been made as I re-ignite this connection and have more respect for my ingredients and where they come from. Part of the move into a better universe of health has been in taking a much more “conscious” approach to living. Caring about where my food comes from, how it’s been processed and packaged, and who is selling it to me, are all just as important to me as the nutritional content of the food. I believe everything is connected in this way and that if I care about my health – I have to care about my planet too, not forgetting the example I am setting for my two boys – Noah & Joseph. They are after all the next generation of guardians of our world.