About Nelleke Elston

Cathé Pienaar foto's 055doc

Welcome to my creative space of delicious recipes, food memoirs and beautiful images.

I was born in a small town on the Namibian coastline where we lived simply but beautifully, on fresh seafood and salty air. My two older brothers and my father have a passion for the ocean and their catches are still frequently transformed into delectable dishes in my mother’s or my kitchen.

I inherited my love of cooking from my mother and my passion for gardening and beautiful fresh ingredients from my father. Twenty years ago my parents bought a beautiful historic home with large grounds on the southern coast of South Africa where I could live out my passion for seeing simple food made from beautiful fresh harvests as the seasons rolled by.

After moving to South Africa we lived a care-free childhood where food and gardening was very much part of our daily lives. In winter my brothers and I would frequently be asked to each juice a liter of orange juice from our bountiful trees and in summer we’d often sit around the kitchen fire top-and-tailing beans.

From a young age I knew that I would build my career around food and at eighteen I moved to Cape Town (where I still live today) to enroll in a culinary school. After my studies I specialized in pastries and desserts, working in many award-winning bakeries and fine dining restaurants. Many years have passed and my passion for food has led me to start a blog about my travel adventures that includes some of my favorite recipes collected over the years.

Today, I am a freelance food stylist, aspiring writer and mother of a beautiful little girl. I own a small catering company and am studying Nutrition part-time with the plan of combining my passion for healthy living and my love of styling and writing.

Enjoy my stories, try my recipes,  feed on my passion.

 

Cathé Pienaar foto's 394