My name is Manuela and I was born and brought up in Milan, Italy by Sicilian parents. I moved to Sydney, Australia in 2006 with my loving husband Clint and we have 2 wonderful daughters: Victoria and Georgia who were both born here.
I love Australia and I consider myself really lucky to live here, so much so that I am naturalised Australian and I consider Australia my “home”. My husband is of Indian origin, so you can truly say that we are a “multi cultural family” and that is often reflected in what we eat.
I grew up in an artistic family: my grandfather was, and my father and aunts are all painters/artists. Besides my artistic side, I also inherited the love for travelling and experiencing other cultures from my parents, with whom I have travelled extensively since birth. As an adult, I am still discovering the world and all the fantastic flavours it has to offer! My passion for cooking runs in the family as well. Many of my recipes have been passed down from generations.
I love all kinds of food! I obviously specialise in Italian cuisine, but you will also find “non-Italian” recipes here, especially Indian ones. One of the reasons this site is in English is so that I can spread the concepts of authentic homemade Italian cuisine in the world. In all my travels, and more so now that I live in Australia, I have always been amazed by the “distortions” in many Italian dishes. So, if you are interested in “the real thing”, this is the place to be!