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My Food Story

The story of my love for all things food began many years ago. When I found myself getting irritated by the evil habit of eating the same things over and over.

I made the decision to try at least 1 new recipe a week. To start with it was a little overwhelming. Many meals turned into dinner for the bin, and a takeaway for me and my husband.

Eventually, even after the inevitable disheartening, I began to enjoy it. The learning was something I hadn’t experienced since school. And I assure you, that’s something I thought I would never enjoy!

This came as a huge shock to my parents. As I was literally THE most fussy eater as a child!

Once I got into the swing of things, and really began to enjoy it, I started to host dinner parties. There’s something so gratifying about hearing your loved one’s compliments and yummy noises isn’t there?!

So I endeavoured to continue the 1 new recipe a week ritual from then on. To keep expanding my foodie horizons.

My next personal foodie milestone was visiting two award winning restaurants in my home town of Nottingham. I’d never tasted food like it before. Heck, I’d never even heard of half the ingredients! But wow, it tasted incredible!

Later that year, I bought a book by John Campbell called Formulas for Flavour How to cook restaurant dishes at home (affiliate link). Which immediately prompted an elaborate dinner party, crafted by myself and my Dad (a fellow foodie).

Creating a 3 course dinner from this book isn’t easy. Just choosing the dishes was difficult enough (as they all looked amazing!). Then learning how to create each element, using new ingredients and techniques. And a week’s worth of prep was intense to say the least!

The amount I learnt in that week was phenomenal. Both my Dad and I felt an all consuming buzz at everything we had achieved. It turned out far better than we ever expected. I was genuinely proud and yet, shocked, that we had actually done it!

The following images are the results of all our hard work. Do bear in mind that cameras weren’t as good then as they are now!

Goats cheese ravioli with tomato fondu and pickled onions on a white plate on a kitchen worktop.
Goats’ Cheese Ravioli with Tomato Fondu and Pickled Onions
Roast rump of lamb, flageolet puree and balsamic dressing on a white dinner plate on a kitchen worktop.
Roast Rump of Lamb, Flageolet Puree and Balsamic Dressing
A rhubarb and custard mousse cake topped with a tuille and homemade ice cream in a white bowl on a kitchen worktop.
‘Rhubarb and Custard’

A year or so later, on a sunny Spring day, my husband suggested I start a food blog. And Kitchen Mason was born!

That’s where my food story began, but fast forward to 2015, and my daughter Matilda was born. Life changed for the better, but became substantially more hectic.

All of a sudden, the elaborate, time consuming recipes became a thing of the past. And most recipes I created from then on (and still do to this day) are quick, easy and delicious!

Somehow it’s now 2023. We’ve lived through a global pandemic (that was interesting) and Matilda is now 8 years old. I’ve learnt a lot over the last 10+ years of blogging. The main thing, is just how much I LOVE creating new recipes for you!

I currently spend more than half my working week focusing on my blog, and creating interesting, easy to read content that will make your life easier.

So if you’re looking for quick and easy recipes with everyday ingredients, easy to follow methods, helpful tips and more – you’re definitely in the right place!

Welcome to Kitchen Mason. I hope you enjoy my recipes as much as I enjoy creating them for you!

Until next time my lovely, Emma x

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Thursday 14th of September 2023

Hi Emma I'm not receiving emails everything was fine I last received an email on the 12/07/23 i've checked all the normal things like have I blocked you by mistake but everything is fine, If I click subscribe on the website it says i'm already on the list I hope you can resolve this as I miss receiving your emails


Sunday 17th of September 2023

Hi Marie. I'm so sorry you're having trouble with this! I've been in touch with my email provider, and they say you've somehow marked my email as spam. The only way to get my emails is by subscribing again. Try on the opt ins on one of these two pages and see if it works. How to Meal Plan or Baking for Beginners. Hope this helps! Emma x


Thursday 24th of September 2015

Your email button is not properly set it says. I am very disappointed in your print set up. When I select print I did not expect 13 pages to print. This is a waste of paper and ink!!! I will let others know not to print your recipes.

Miss KitchenMason

Thursday 24th of September 2015

I'm so sorry Wendy! I didn't realise. I'm having a complete site redesign at the moment and I will make sure that this gets looks at. Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention and so sorry to have caused you any inconvenience!


Saturday 11th of April 2015

permission to share recipe

Miss KitchenMason

Saturday 11th of April 2015

Sure! It's totally fine so long as you link back to the original recipe x

Foodalicious Food

Friday 10th of April 2015

You seem so down to earth and humble. I'm glad I found your blog! I'm looking forward to following you and leading new recipes!

Miss KitchenMason

Friday 10th of April 2015

Aww thank you so much! That's very sweet of you to say :)

Fae's Twist & Tango

Monday 20th of January 2014

Hi Miss Kitchen Mason, I may not have left many comments, but certainly have enjoyed your posts since I found your blog. Today, I took some time to savor your beautiful blog again, for the last hour or so. Your recipes and posts are top notch. Your blog is one of a hidden gems. I will definitely come back and be amused by your culinary skills again, and meanwhile learn a thing or two (understatement). Kitchen Mason or Kitchen Maestro!

Miss KitchenMason

Monday 20th of January 2014

Awww that's so sweet of you to say Fae! Thank you so much. It really is lovely to get feedback and know that it's not just me that's enjoying my blog! And I must say, I love the new look of your blog, the layout is refreshing and the photos you take are brilliant!

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