Kitchen Stories with Kate from @wellofnourishment

Kate Sibbald only makes beautiful things in her kitchen. I simply can't get enough of her pretty and colorful creations. Kate is the next up in the 'Kitchen Stories' series. I'm very excited to see what she has to share.

Now let's give it over to Kate. 

Hi Kate, tell us all a little bit about yourself. 

Hi Ida! I’m a 23 year old food blogger and avid Instagrammer from Perth, Australia. I love creating healthy wholefood recipes, being active, spending lots of time in nature, and hanging out with friends and family. I work in a hotel – saving money to go traveling! – and I recently graduated as a certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition where I further developed my knowledge and interest for health and wellbeing.

You run a very pretty Instagram account where you post the most amazing breakfast and other food photos. When and how did you get into cooking? How about plant based foods? 

Oh thank you! I guess for me cooking and creating healthy, tasty recipes came as the result of me overcoming a disordered and restrictive relationship with food. While I was at university (studying Human Resource Management & Behavioural Science) I became obsessed with what foods were “good” and “bad” (I feared fats & carbs of any kind!), significantly cut down the amount I was eating, exercised excessively and put my body through a lot of stress. As I strived to achieve the “perfect” “thin” body that we often see idolised in the media I became miserable and actually did more harm to my body than good, the biggest thing being that I lost my period. After seeing many health professionals I decided to take ownership of my health and heal my body through a wholefoods diet.

Through this process I fell in love with the creative outlet that cooking gave me and how good my body and mind felt eating real food! While I don’t like to put a label on what and how I eat, particularly coming from a restrictive background, my approach is mostly plant-based as I believe if we all focussed on eating more fruits and veggies and less of the processed, chemicalized junk that fills our supermarket isles, we would be a much happier, healthier society.

Name three must haves in your kitchen. 

Oh my gosh! So difficult…but I would have to say spinach, bananas and oats... and tea!! Sorry! Haha!

Breakfast, lunch or dinner? Why? 

Breakfast!! Can you tell? It is by far my favourite meal of the day. I believe a good breakfast provides you with the energy to get through your day and if you’re like me, it refuels you after a morning workout. There are endless possibilities as to what you can have which I love! Although it can be a dilemma when it comes to choosing what you are going to have…Haha.

Would you like to share a favourite breakfast recipe? 

Sure! I love overnight oats as you can prepare them the night before and then they’re ready to eat in the morning!

Place 1/2 cup oats, 1 tbsp chia seeds & 3/4 cup almond milk in a bowl and stir together. To this you can add whatever flavour you feel like! Maybe some vanilla, some raw cacao powder, berries, mashed banana…the options are endless! In the morning serve with fresh fruit, coconut or organic greek/natural yoghurt, granola, cacao nibs… 

What would your perfect food day look like? 

Breakfast: Muesli, organic yoghurt, fresh fruit plus an endless supply of green tea.

Lunch: A hearty salad with lots of leftover bits & pieces (homemade hummus/dip, veggies, bread, roasted veggies) YUM.

Dinner: Either a delicious veggie & noodle stir-fry or a veggie lasagne bake.

Snacks: Fresh fruit/bliss balls/veggie sticks/raw treat/banana ice-cream/dark chocolate… so many choices!

You live in Perth, Australia. Which places/cafes/restaurants/food shops must one visit while in the county? Feel free to share your hidden gems. 

So many places are popping up in the Perth food scene now, my list of places to try out is constantly growing! Fremantle has some fantastic places, my favourite being The Raw Kitchen which offers vegan, gluten free, dairy free, organic and most definitely delicious food! Closer to the CBD is Solomons Café on Beaufort St – providing for paleo, vegetarian and vegan eaters with a range of organic foods and smoothies. Little Bird Café and Flora & Fauna, both in Northbridge do beautiful breakfast dishes. Other places to try out: FERN Café in Fremantle, May Street LarderLittle Shop of PlentySwan Valley CaféWhip It Good (Fremantle Markets – do amazing cocowhips), Natures Harvest in Cottesloe.

We all have a sweet tooth, don't we? What do you prefer to have when you need that sweet kick? 

Banana ice-cream is always a great way to indulge your sweet tooth the healthy way! Simply blend some ripe frozen bananas with whatever flavour you want! Cacao (Choc), frozen berries, vanilla, dates (caramel), matcha powder…

Otherwise bliss balls or raw chocolate do the trick!

You study Nutrition at University. What would your dreams in this field be once you’ve finished your studies? 

Great question! My dream is to inspire young women to be the healthiest, happiest version of themselves. To fall in love with themselves, to put their health first, to lead a life filled with happiness and passion, and to find connection with one another. I’d love for my blog to become a wellness hub for young women to connect with each other, share their stories and provide a space for inspiration. I would also love to have my book/cookbook one day!

You are obviously very inspiring young women. Where do you get your cooking inspiration from? Any specific foodies out there that inspire you? 

Oh thank you! That’s so lovely to hear. I absolutely adore reading other blogs and find so much inspiration from them. Not only do I love the recipes, but the photography and stories behind the recipes are so inspiring to me. Some of my all time favourites would be Green Kitchen Stories, My New Roots, The Balanced Blonde,  Apples Under My Bed and so so many more! Pinterest and Instagram are also amazing sources of inspiration. Other than that I am so lucky to have a father who is a keen gardener! We have a huge veggie garden that he has built and I love using fresh seasonal produce from it to inspire my cooking!

Follow Kate:

Instagram: @wellofnourishment