Heart Of The House


“Life in all its splendor is Mother Nature obeyed.”

Weston A. Price, DDS

Hello, my name is Elsie and with Max my partner, we live in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland.

Elsie in the Kitchen

My love for food and family has been nurtured from my upbringing in Singapore where eating and sharing food is a way of life. My earliest inspiration about eating nourishing and wholesome foods came from my parents.

Meals were always freshly prepared and they never stinted when it came to food. We always sat down together around the dining table for our meals. Born in La Rochelle, France, Max has many fond memories of traditional French food that he grew up with and of his childhood days of foraging in the fields for wild mushrooms, in the rivers for eels and on seashore for shellfish.

The desire to live a slow, simple and unhurried life, away from the hustle and bustle, led us to this part of Australia. We have adopted the philosophy of slow living which is best defined by this quote from Carle Honore, author of In praise of Slow – “Slow philosophy is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace. It’s about seeking to do everything at the right speed. Savouring the hours and minutes rather than just counting them. Doing everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible. It’s about quality over quantity in everything we do.

Inspired by the work of Dr. Weston A Price documented in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, we have returned to a traditional way of eating and reconnected more deeply to our food. Food is central to our lives and it is essential we understand and empower ourselves with the knowledge to make well informed choices. It is time we take back control of the food we eat and be aware of where it comes from, who grew it, how it is produced, how it impacts the land and the earth, how it affects our body and mind.

Why the name “Heart of the House”? By transforming the way we eat and look at food, when we put so much energy, love and care into our food preparations, we are reminded that the kitchen is not just a physical space where food is prepared and eaten as quickly as possible without much thought or joy. It becomes a place of warmth and nourishment where acts of love and care are carried out daily. It is the Heart of the House!

Food is about stories, connections, families, cultures, traditions, memories….. and I want to share them with you. I hope to inspire you to get back in the kitchen, to re-ignite your desire to cook nutritious, nourishing, flavorful foods for yourself, families and friends, to think about your food choices and to enjoy the extensive pleasures that cooking, eating and sharing give. : )

Heart of the House – sharing stories, knowledge, wisdoms, recipes … and spreading the love.

Thank you for dropping by!