Our Nourishing Table is the place that I created where good food is always served and there is ALWAYS room for one more. It's the place where I get to share with you the healthy recipes that I share with my family and friends, my loved ones. Our Nourishing Table isn't just about food though, it's a place where we come to sit, nourish and connect. This isn't your average food blog, this is a place for community, joy and connection.
To me good health doesn't just mean eating well, it means fostering meaningful relationships, having fun & truly enjoying the food that is in front of you. But what better place to do that then at the dinner table with the ones that you love.
Times are busy and often rushed, but that doesn't lead to good health & wellness if we are neglecting what really matters:
Healthy recipes & wellness articles a-plenty. My recipes are mostly gluten free, mostly dairy free and always refined sugar free. You can find my free recipe ebook here.
Nourishing events. I am all about getting out from behind our screens and my goal is to create fun, exciting and (most importantly) nourishing events.
A little on food photography and styling. Because that's my jam. But mostly it's about the recipes.
So pull up a chair at Our Nourishing Table, because there's always room for one more.
I'm Sarah Bell, the creator and founder of Our Nourishing Table - a food and wellness blog focused on deliciously healthy recipes for you and your family. I am a dreamer, tea lover, matcha drinker, deep thinker, mother, sister, wife, creator, photographer, chocolate lover and appreciator of food.
Food has always been a passion for me. Saturdays spent in the kitchen creating delicious dinners, music playing, rosé in hand are my favourite. Some of my most treasured times are the weekends when my husband cooks the barbecue while I take care of the salads and sides, kids playing outside, barefoot and happy.
I love how food has the power to forge connections. I learnt to cook at home, taught by my Mum and my Nan. When I think about my Nan now I can't help but remember the carrot cakes we baked and the insanely delicious crepes with lemon juice and sugar that we would make nearly every time we stayed. Such sweet memories that make my heart happy.
As with my Mum, everything in my Nan's kitchen was made from scratch. There were no packet mix baked goods or Gravox gravy. Everything was made with real ingredients [and made with love].
Oh and I couldn't go on without mentioning my Dad's Saturday curries. He would be in the kitchen for hours making the most delicious curries, always served with a side of natural yoghurt with banana & cucumber slices. [must remind myself to tell my Dad to bring back Saturday curry night].
The way I cook now is heavily influenced by how I learnt to cook as a child. While I have traded the copious amounts of refined sugar filled frosting for coconut yoghurt and the triple choc brownies for black bean brownies, I will always remember my roots and be grateful for all of my time spent in the kitchen with my family.
As frustrating as cooking with kids can be at times (let's be real here), I will always make time in the week for the kids to cook with me so I can help them to be confident in the kitchen. Confidence in the kitchen is an important part of health as without skills to create a variety of nutritious food (that also tastes good) it's easy to become board and opt for more packet style meals.
I am healthy but this has not always been the case. Health has always been important to me, even as a child. I was always active and always enjoyed a variety of healthy foods (growing up on acreage with a green-thumbed mother meant we had a pretty epic veggie patch, which definitely promoted my love for fresh produce).
While I've always seen the importance of eating well, there was definitely a point in my life where I valued the number of calories over the number of nutrients. Those were the unhealthiest days of my life. Restriction, over-exercise and self loathing put me on the path to severe weight loss. Weight loss to the point of not menstruating for 2 years. It took me meeting my (now) husband for me to realise that I was capable of being loved and that it was ok for me to love myself too. Falling pregnant with my firstborn, Dylan, was the final push I needed to finally break free from the unhealthy cycle of deprivation - binge eating - over-exercising - deprivation.
After years of depriving my body of nutrients there is nothing I love more now than to nourish my body with beautiful, high quality, whole foods. I love food so much that I really can't believe I ever deprived myself as much as I did.
Finally, photography. I became passionate about food photography when I started blogging. It didn't take me long to realise that my crappy iPhone pictures of my poorly presented dinner in indoor lighting was just not going to cut the mustard if I wanted people to take notice of my recipes. I began spending hours and hours on the internet reading food photography blogs and watching youtube, teaching myself the ins and outs of food styling, using my DSLR camera, lighting and all of the rest of it.
Photography is now the number one driver in my business and i've had the pleasure of working with brands like Country Road, Royal Doulton, Halo Top Ice Cream, Coco Tribe and La Mav to name a few.
As a child, when asked what I wanted to do be when I was older I would say "I want to be happy and I want to help people". I've been able to combine all of my passions - food, health, photography and my innate need for creativity and turn them into a career which I love with my whole heart. I can say, hand on heart, that I am achieving exactly what I set out to achieve.