So, who is Brenda Fawdon? I am a real food advocate, a cookbook author and, now, a food blogger. Developing recipes and teaching people to just eat real food and cook using seasonal, locally grown produce is my life’s work. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Until last year, I was a restaurateur. I opened my first restaurant in Brisbane when I was 21, in 1982. In May 2015 I sold my last restaurant, Mondo Organics, which I co-founded in 2000 — the first licensed organic restaurant in Australia.
At Mondo, we ran a popular cooking school and, apart from our loyal customers and staff, it is teaching I miss most. This is why I am building Real Food School: a place to continue to encourage people to just eat real food, and to share my food knowledge and recipes. I aim to inspire and empower people to make everyday meals using seasonal whole food.
Just eating real food begins with quality produce, and we are fortunate to live in a place where the rich red soil is perfect for growing fruit and veg. We live on a mountain — Tamborine Mountain in the Gold Coast hinterland. We have a small block on the eastern escarpment with a gobsmacking view of the valley below to the skyline of the spreading Gold Coast city, and further, the deep blue ocean and light blue sky. Every Sunday we buy our weekly real food haul from our local organic growers’ market, which we supplement with vegies grown at home.
My first real food cookbook, Wholehearted Food, was published in 2013. Find it here … My second cookbook, Eat Local: Food, Farming and Conversation in the Scenic Rim, co-authored with my partner Christine Sharp, is due for release in May 2016. Find it here …
Wishing you a very warm welcome to my online kitchen, which I hope will inspire you to just eat real food. One day, I hope to see you in person – at an offline class, workshop or event. Stay tuned …