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.
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.