Hi, my name is Carolanne Rushe and welcome to my blog, Carolanne’s Kitchen.
I set out with this blog as a way to learn more about cooking and food. Food has been a big part of our family and I wanted to discover more about the way food comes together. Growing up with a lot of bakers in my family, I had a lot to live up to. My grannies, great aunts and mother were and are still such inspiring women to watch in the kitchen. A handful of this and a dash of that. This has inevitably become my way of cooking and baking. I was raised on wholesome, nutritious foods and always went back for seconds.
I began writing this blog on a visit home to Sligo, Ireland in 2010. Sligo is the rugged town on Ireland’s northwest coast. Mountains tower above and the sound of waves crashing is carried by the high winds rolling through. A month later, I found myself on a plane to the Middle East for my second year of teaching and exploring. I was sitting pretty on the doorway to Asia and happened to discover some truly inspiring and amazing people on my travels there. I met the boy who makes my heart go boom, Tomás, and together we set out to move our lives to Perth in Western Australia. Perth welcomed us with open arms, during our first week of discovering the Farmer’s Markets to meeting the producers behind it and getting to know the local food bloggers. Perth has become a home away from home for me. This life of an expat is constantly changing…who knows where our next adventure will be?
In the summer of 2010, I also graduated as a 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher. I began studying Iyengar yoga in 2002 and from my first class I knew it was going to be a life long relationship. I studied Iyengar for 5 years but could never commit to the lenghty teacher training. When I moved away from home, I began to discover more styles of yoga that appealed to me. I then went on to complete and graduate a 200 hr Intensive Yoga Teacher Training in Hatha and Astanga Yoga. I taught Hatha for one year and loved every moment. I soon, however, began to feel the pull back to Iyengar and in 2011 I started to change my practice. I hope one day to be able to complete the Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training but in the mean time I am enjoying the journey.
Yoga has also brought an awareness to the way I do things in the kitchen. I have become more mindful of where I purchase my food, the foods I choose to eat and the way I choose to cook it.
The recipes here are part of my story. They belong to the lifestyle I lead. They are me.