Behind My Home Pantry - About Sarah
Author: Sarah Bullock Date Posted:15 February 2018
HI! I am Sarah, the owner of My Home Pantry! I guess it is about time I told you a bit more about myself. So here goes.......
I am a fully qualified naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist living in western Victoria with my partner and little girl. For nearly twenty years I have consulted with individual clients as well as within the retail space of health food stores and pharmacies. These days I’m most passionate about sourcing genuinely healthy, high quality and affordable food for my My Home Pantry customers.
I spent my early teen years in Hong Kong, and later lived in Shanghai where I was exposed to many different kinds of cuisine. I still remember my first, life-changing taste of Australian abalone in China. I love travelling and experiencing cultures through food, discovering new flavours, ingredients, herbs and spices and cooking methods. I’m fascinated by the cultural significance of food and the importance of different family traditions.
I also went to boarding school so also know all about bland, uninspiring food!
At home, making food from scratch was always the norm. My mum is a wonderful cook and inspired me as a little girl to be in the kitchen. I still love to be creative in my cooking. Ask any of my close friends and they can tell you how creative! I tend to be very bad at following recipes, rather I let the ingredients on hand dictate what I cook. For the most part it turns out ok but sometimes it is a total disaster! Whoops!
The whole philosopy behind My Home Pantry is about good quality food, it is not about dietary dogma.
We have all seen how clever packaging can be misleading when it comes to eating healthy food, sometimes disguising low quality ingredients. A product labeled as ‘sugar free’ does not equate to ‘healthy’. In fact I persoanlly find 'refind sugar free' to be an extrtemely misleading term. (More on that another time!) Labels, diets and fads place an unhealthy focus on food and can end up causing us bigger problems.
I have strict criteria for the products I stock, based on quality of ingredients and place of origin as well as nutritional profile. I question the assertions made by food producers, and I look for real food and real ingredients as opposed to numbers, thickeners and synthetic products. Products in stock vary according to seasonal crops, cost and market availability. Where ingredients are imported I look for Australian packaged products first #supportaussiemade
For my local customers in Geelong, I strive to bring local fresh produce from around the region to one reachable location - this includes grass fed free range meat, organic chicken, organic dairy, Australian seafood, seasonal fruit and vegetables. In most cases there is no middle man, I deal directly with the producer or farmer.
Criteria for the products I stock are:
- Nutrient dense
- Supportive of optimal health
- Free of preservatives and additives
- Ethically sourced
- Organic/biodynamic if available
- No artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or agave syrup
- No trans-fatty acids (hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils)
- No genetically modified organisms (GMOs)
- No canola, soybean, cottonseed, corn, safflower, sunflower, flaxseed or synthetic oils
- No carrageenan or vegetable gums
- No soy, except for properly fermented forms
- Australian if available
In my next series of blogs I will explain the rationale behind each one of these in detail. I’m always happy to hear from customers so don’t hesitate to get in touch at email@example.com
Thanks for reading xx