Hi there and welcome to the Nude Food Hero, my virtual foodie hideaway.
James is the name and I’m a self-taught cook and photographer; a graduate of the recipe-book-reading-youtube-watching-internet-researching school of culinary awesomeness.
You’ll quickly discover I’m obsessed with food. So much so that I decided to create this site where I can create, photograph, and write about food, all day every day, for amazing people just like you.
Hopefully my recipes, photographs, and general food-nerdiness can inspire you to step back from the computer screen (or away from your smartphone, yes I see you!) and dash off to the kitchen to a make a bowl/plate/cup/spoon of something delicious. What are you still doing here?
If there is something I love as much as food it’s travelling. Nothing beats jetting off to explore exotic cities, soak up new cultures and, let’s face it, eat MORE AMAZING FOOD! My love of food and travel is what inspires me in the kitchen; be it trying new flavours or attempting to recreate my favourite [insert: nationality] dish in a new and exciting way.
My favourite cuisine? I’d have to say French.
It’s Thai. Yes, definitely Indian…
…or maybe Indonesian… Moroccan… Italian… Greek… Spanish…. Portuguese…. Chinese… Korean….
Y’know what? This is just too hard a question. I can’t answer.
When I’m not making a mess in the kitchen you can find me sitting in front of my computer working as a freelance writer for sites such as The Wellbeing Touch. Otherwise I’ll be sitting at my piano (I’m an enthusiastic amateur), hunting down chocolate, spending time with my partner and four-legged children, watching Netflix, or buried nose deep in a book.
So, about the name… Nude Food?
Well, if you came to this site hoping to see nude photos of “food heroes” I’m sorry to disappoint you 🙂
By nude I’m (loosely) referring to whole, or naked, foods; those as close to the source as possible. If I have the ingredients – and the time – I will make food from scratch as much as I can. But *spoiler alert* I’m not perfect.
Sometimes I don’t have the time – or the ingredients – and, frankly, I can also be a tad lazy (y’know the pizza joint is on speed dial, so……).
I also believe in the occasional (read: frequent) indulgence and this blog reflects that; expect made-from-scratch, whole-food marvels, interspersed with sinful sensations and the occasional bouts of epic, “let’s-order-takeout” laziness.
The Nude Food Hero Household
I’m lucky enough to have my own personal support team/ entourage helping me in every department of this blog from taste-testing to dish cleaning.
The Paramedic is the official Nude Food Hero Taste Tester and you can be sure a recipe will not be posted on here until it receives his stamp of approval.
He is also my partner of 7+ years and my accomplice in all travel, food and Netflix-marathon-watching related activities ( and, yes, he is an actual, real-life Paramedic, this is not just some weird and random nickname 🙂 )
Khan is our handsome Siberian Husky who much prefers a cuddle on the couch than any form of overly strenuous exercise . He’s a stubborn creature who always tries to get his own way (and will kick up a fuss when he doesn’t get it).
He’s a very vocal dog; he howls at sirens (fire trucks only) and will engage us in lengthy, husky-language conversations concerning his levels of hunger and his “desperate” need for attention. Khan’s favourite foods are Kangaroo meat, tomatoes, carrots and anything he can steal from the veggie patch
Our pint-sized, wonky-eared mongrel (there’s Kelpie, Labrador and a few other things swirled up in there). She’s the princess of the house and will successfully use her cuteness to get away with, almost, everything.
But don’t let her size fool you. She still has plenty of energy after running a half marathon (she’s run several), and easily excavated two tonnes – yes TWO TONNES! – of soil from our backyard in a matter of weeks (make that days). When it comes to food Mace really isn’t fussy and will eat pretty much anything… oh, except lettuce for some reason.