Rebecca Thexton is bringing breakfast back. Hailing from Melbourne, she’s creatively obsessed with the first meal of the day. “I love to cook for people I care about, even if they’re not hungry,” she writes on her blog - Dancing Through Sunday.
In mid-2013, Rebecca and her boyfriend packed their lives into a storage container, raided the piggy bank and set off to travel the world for five months, living out of a backpack and sampling local flavours wherever they landed.
“While overseas, I was inspired by the food I ate, the coffee I drank and I fell in love with life. My main focus was to come home and create a happy, healthy life while (trying) to pay off my debt,” she tells us. “I started my blog to get my creative juices flowing. My professional career was in banking and insurance. Needless to say, I wanted a little more out of life. I now spend my days developing recipes, food styling, eating out and writing about food. I couldn't love it any more than I do.”
Why the breakfast obsession?
“I didn't choose breakfast, breakfast chose me. I never liked breakfast but, when I moved to Melbourne, I was overwhelmed by the brunch culture here and, as they say, the rest is history. Nowadays, I equally enjoy a simple breakfast at home. I love how it can set you up for a wonderful day.”
What’s your favourite breakfast?
“I love shakshuka, Middle Eastern baked eggs. But there must be a side of fresh avocado, lemon and sourdough for dipping, alongside a nice coffee. That's my idea of breakfast heaven. I always go for savoury over sweet for breakfast.”
What does healthy eating mean to you?
“To me, healthy eating means eating real, wholesome, varied food, that not only nourishes the body, but the mind. You need to find what works for you, and empower those foods to allow you to feel your best. I try to cut out processed foods, limit my sugar intake, eat my three fruit and five vegetables a day and that's about it! The occasional indulgence is, of course, fine, but food has such a power over our being, physically and mentally; it can make the world of difference when you're eating consciously.”
How have your travels shaped your appetite?
“I’m not afraid to experiment in the kitchen with different cuisines and styles of cooking, and my gnocchi is now even better, thanks to one awesome Italian nonna.”
What advice do you have for those wishing to travel and eat well?
“One of the most important experiences when travelling is exploring food. Go to the markets, pick local produce, stay in another person's home with Airbnb so you have a kitchen, and cook yourself a locally inspired dish with one weird ingredient you're not too sure of. That’s how you learn, grow your appetite and experience other cultures.”
What do friends beg you to cook for them?
“The two most-demanded meals are the baked eggs with mozzarella, pesto and sourdough soldiers and my homemade baked beans. Surprisingly, both are breakfast recipes!”
Who taught you to cook?
“My mum taught me to cook and she’s the reason I’m so comfortable in the kitchen. I have vivid memories of Mum showing me how to cook a risotto, spaghetti Bolognese, steak, curry, stir fry and how to make any salad dressing under the sun. I honestly think this set me up to follow most recipes by the time I was 16 and, from there, branch out on my own and start experimenting.”
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Kitchen Farmacy Editor Kris Franken
Kitchen Farmacy is our food lover's blog where good health and great taste come together. Each fortnight we'll feature a health and wellbeing foodie blog, with recipes to nourish the soul and body. Here's to eating well (and satisfying all kinds of cravings). View previous Kitchen Farmacy blog entries.