Like Attracts Like – A Collaboration Success!
From the first time I met Sharon on social media and then in person, I have valued all that she is and does! Her relaxed and sensible approach to life inspired me as I watched her fulfil her dream of opening up a place of her own to showcase her talents and to meet the needs of a local community.
It’s been a pleasure getting to know Sharon and I’m excited to share her with you!
Hi there, Sharon here, from ‘Little River Kitchen’!
Have you ever noticed how ‘like attracts like’ in life?
Everyday most of us meet loads of people, but when you think about it, you only really connect with a few…but when you do, it’s usually because you share the same interests or hold the same values. That’s how I met Sophie.
Quite some time ago, we both started following each other’s social media accounts and quickly realised we shared the same passion in life. To teach people how easy it is to make good food from scratch.
And so, when she asked me to write this blog post I thought…what will I say? Why would people be interested in a blog about me? But then I realised, if you know Sophie, then you are my people. We speak the same language when it comes to food and living a more authentic life. So here we go.
For as long as I can remember I have made things by hand. I’ve cooked, sewed, painted, hammered and decorated my way to where I am today (amongst many other things). I can’t help it, it’s who I am!
Every week there is something new that I am into. My poor family and friends can’t keep up with me, but I want to know so much, and I hate to be bored.
Anyway, back to the food side of things.
Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve cooked.
From memory, my first dish I was known for was Golden Syrup Dumplings. My Aunty Mavis taught me how to make them, and so I did…all the time…lol.
Then I moved onto Lemon Meringue Pie. Needless to say, I had, and still have, a major sweet tooth. Thankfully since then, I have widened my repertoire to include all kinds of foods.
I love to learn how to make food that in general, most of us don’t even realise is possible for the average person to make. Cheeses, sourdough and sauerkraut can all be made easily in our own homes, and apart from the satisfaction you get from producing these foods yourself, it will save you lots of money! Once I figured out how easy it was, I became quite passionate about sharing these skills, which led me to teaching cooking classes so others could learn these skills too.
In 2016 I began running classes from my property ‘Red Belly Farm’ in Waitui on the mid north coast of NSW. I had so much fun helping people gain the confidence to begin their own journey of cheese making, baking, fermenting, soap making, cake decorating…the list went on.
In 2019 I moved from the farm to the beautiful seaside village of Harrington. I set up classes and established a Café in the most amazing shop front with views of the ocean. Sophie even came to teach Greek Cooking to some very happy students.
Sadly, I bit off more than I could chew and as things got busy running the café, it left me no time to run my cooking classes. I decided to sell and now I am back to concentrating on my thing…inspiring folks to get in the kitchen and make their food from scratch.
My favourite part of teaching classes is the stories. We gather, we laugh, and we share stories, tips and tricks that have been passed down or learned from our own journeys. I can almost guarantee we all have some memory linked to good times with food.
There is so much value in cooking. Not only in the skills required to do so, but the understanding of where your food comes from. Respecting the producers, the environment and our bodies. And then for me, most importantly, sharing what you know with as many people as you can. Teaching our little one’s the same values and handing down skills is a treasure in itself, for you and for them.
Here’s to making food & memories.
Sharon, thank you for sharing your passion with us and we look forward to seeing what 2020 brings along your pathway! You can follow Sharon – Facebook: littleriverkitchen and Instagram @littleriverkitchen.