I’m Emmalee – a twenty-something foodie and wellness advocate, adventure lover and coffee snob. I was born and raised in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. I now spend my time between New York and New Jersey, living in a small apartment on the Hudson River with my husband Neil.
I have lived a little like a gypsy over the past few years, moving from Wellington, New Zealand → Brooklyn, NY → Toronto, Canada → Edgewater, NJ. With every new neighbourhood comes new faces to meet, new streets to explore and new flavours to enjoy. Finding and frequenting new restaurants and coffee shops has become a favourite pastime, and a good way to get a taste of the local culture.
Growing up my Mum would always welcome us home from school with delicious smells wafting from the kitchen. I never showed much interest in cooking because Mum always had it totally under control, and I just enjoyed eating her creations. It wasn’t until I left home and had to learn how to cook for myself that I came to appreciate this art form.
More recently we discovered Neil has really high blood pressure for his age, which has been put down to genetics. He wanted to do all that he could to reduce it naturally, so I completely cut out salt from my cooking (there is already too much added salt in everything we buy anyway), and I have been trying harder to incorporate vegetables, less red meat, and more healthy fats into my meals. At first I searched for low-sodium recipe ideas online, and found absolutely nothing inspirational. Instead, I have taken to adjusting favorite recipes by adding spices and fresh herbs instead of salt, and only buying low-sodium or sodium-free products.
In addition to food, I am passionate about the environment, I love writing, photography and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I’m no blogger – just your average nine-to-fiver who chooses to create content in her spare time. Hopefully if you’ve read all the way down to here it means you think you will find something of interest on my blog. If not, I’ll take it as a compliment that my writing is so enthralling you can’t pull away. Enjoy!