I live in Melbourne with my husband Nori, our eight-month-old son, Haruki, and our cat Momoko. I’m constantly in the kitchen cooking, preserving or baking. I share my recipes over at OSTRO and am always planning new dishes or preparing for upcoming workshops. I also teach Italian and in my spare time curate an online shop of Japanese homewares called Minami with Nori.
I started documenting my cooking when I lived in Italy six years ago – it was really food heaven and I loved taking photographs of the food I would create in my tiny apartment. Although I’ve always been enamoured with food styling and have poured over cookbooks and food magazines since I was really young, it was Italy that sparked my love for food and the desire to document and share it. At first, I shot everything on film, as I had a lot of time to invest in the whole process. I started shooting with an Olympus camera last year when I moved away from film and into digital photography.
The food I love to cook is seasonal and simple, with lots of textures and comforting flavours. For me, food needs to sustain but should also please the senses – it should always be a visual feast. My favourite meals to prepare are the ones where we’re all in the kitchen for hours together – it’s a real joy! I tend not to mess around with the flavours too much, and prefer to see and taste the food for what it should be.