Natalie Old­field is the cre­ator of Dul­cie May Kitchen – a food busi­ness named af­ter her grand­mother which cel­e­brates the best of tra­di­tional foods and cook­ing meth­ods.

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Food, fam­ily, and love… these three things have be­come in­trin­si­cally linked and in­ter­twined with who I am and what I value in life. They are for me the very essence of where I came from, and where I con­tinue to travel.

Cre­at­ing mo­ments of joy, hap­pi­ness and cel­e­bra­tion through the prepa­ra­tion, shar­ing and eat­ing of food is what I want for this next gen­er­a­tion. It is about hon­our­ing the past and shap­ing the fu­ture. It is about gen­eros­ity, love, nour­ish­ment of the soul and em­brac­ing the plea­sures of pre­par­ing and cook­ing flavour­some food. I al­ways aim to choose food that is fresh and sim­ple, us­ing or­ganic where pos­si­ble and mak­ing the right food choices when re­flect­ing on the sea­son. This is some­thing my Gran taught me, whether it was through pre­serves or bot­tling sea­sonal fruit, or cre­at­ing a salad from her gar­den. Chal­leng­ing your­self by in­tro­duc­ing small el­e­ments of change in your food choices is a great, sim­ple start. It may be by pur­chas­ing free-range eggs, shop­ping at the lo­cal mar­ket for fresh sea­sonal pro­duce or, per­haps, if you don’t have the space, plant­ing a herb pot on your back porch. Many of us led busy lives, and although we live dif­fer­ently from the gen­er­a­tions be­fore us, let’s not deny our­selves the sim­ple plea­sures of meals shared and mem­o­ries cre­ated.

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