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My Food Story

The story of my love for all things foodie began a few years ago when I found myself getting irritated by the evil habit of eating the same things over and over.

I decided to attempt to change this so I made the decision to try at least 1 new recipe a week. To start with, I’ll be honest, it was a little overwhelming. Many meals turned into dinner for the bin and a takeaway for me and the Mr! Eventually though, even after the inevitable disheartening, I felt myself beginning to enjoy it. The learning was something I hadn’t really experienced since school, and I can assure you, it’s not something I thought I would ever enjoy!

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

After this little spark took a hold of me, when I started to really enjoy it, I discovered dinner parties. Wow. There is nothing more satisfying than planning and executing a dinner party menu and then hearing your friend’s/family’s compliments and yummy noises after!

So I endeavoured to continue the “1 new recipe a week” ritual from then on.

The next milestone in my cooking adventures was not actually me cooking. It was visits to 2 award winning restaurants in Nottingham. Harts and World Service. My word. I never knew food could taste like that. I had never even heard of half the ingredients or dishes listed on the menus but damn, that stuff tasted so good! Looking back on it, I’m glad it did, as the price tags were pretty darn steep. But WELL worth every penny.

Later that year, I came across a recipe book by John Campbell called Formulas for Flavour. “How to cook restaurant dishes at home.” Now this, I had to try.

At this point it might be worth mentioning that I had since discovered my Dad also has quite a passion for food. So I showed him the book. And that was that. We were going to have to do it. DINNER PARTY!!

Now, anyone who has seen this book will know that creating a 3 course dinner from it is no easy feat. Not only have you actually got to decide what 3 dishes you are going to cook (definitely not easy as they all look so yum!) but you have to do the prep. Me and my Dad planned on making the meal for our family on a Saturday night. We started prep over a whole week before. Yep. That’s a lot of prep. And there were two of us. Every night. For a whole week! But it was totally worth every second.

The amount I learnt in that week was insane. All the different processes, how certain flavours work amazingly together etc.

Both my Dad and I felt an incredible buzz at what we had achieved. It was amazing! It tasted amazing. It looked amazing. I was genuinely proud and yet shocked that we had done it! I would recommend this book to anyone. John Campbell is a genius. What follows is the results of all our hard work… (Bear in mind cameras weren’t as good as they are nowadays!)

Goats’ Cheese Ravioli with Tomato Fondu and Pickled Onions.

Goats cheese ravioli with tomato fondu and pickled onions on a white plate on a kitchen worktop.

Roast Rump of Lamb, Flageolet Puree and Balsamic Dressing.

Roast rump of lamb, flageolet puree and balsamic dressing on a white dinner plate on a kitchen worktop.

‘Rhubarb and Custard’

A rhubarb and custard mousse cake topped with a tuille and homemade ice cream in a white bowl on a kitchen worktop.

Mmmm it’s making me drool looking at these pictures again. Reminds me of how yummy it all was!

A year or so later, I began this website. It started as more of an online recipe book for myself but soon grew arms and legs. Before long, I was creating a new recipe or two every week for you lovely lot.

That’s where my food story began, but fast forward to 2015 and my daughter Tilly was born. Life suddenly became intensely busy and hectic! 

All of a sudden, my recipes needed to be quicker, less complicated and overall, easier to make. I simply didn’t have the time for ‘fancy’ being a busy working Mum.

Somehow it’s now 2022. We’ve lived through a global pandemic (that was interesting) and Tilly is 7 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!

Emma x

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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!


Wednesday 11th of December 2013

Tis the season for giving....awards! I enjoy reading your blog so please accept the Liebster Award as a token of my thanks!

BTW I think I'm going to make stroganoff tonight..not sure about the slowcooker but we haven't had stroganoff in a while.

Miss KitchenMason

Wednesday 11th of December 2013

Thank you very much that's so sweet of you! Hope the stroganoff goes well, I really loved it x

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