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Hello and welcome! I’m Wendy, content and recipe creator for Serves 4, and I believe that making good food doesn’t have to be difficult or involve complex techniques.
Based in London, with my family of four, including two boys, all my recipes are produced in our cosy kitchen. If I can make great tasting food in my kitchen, then you can, too! I’m here to share with you our family’s favourite recipes with the aim of inspiring your next meal.
I created this website when my boys were babies, as a way to record the food I was making for them and to keep track of which ones they liked. At the time, I was working a full time job whilst juggling family life, so I had to be very organised.
I developed a system that allowed me to cook my babies’ meals without spending hours I didn’t have in the kitchen. It involved a lot of batch cooking and freezing, but it meant they could eat home cooked food, even if I wasn't home at meal times. You'll find my planning and organisation tips on this site, many of which I still use today to organise the family cooking, although my boys are no longer babies.
I generally cook one meal for the entire family, even when the boys were younger. Once they had been weaned and were comfortably eating solid food, we all at the same meal at dinnertime (of course, I would mash up their food as necessary). I find it’s the best way to expose the children to the flavours we like. Even if they don’t like something the first time they try it, after a few repeated exposures, they eventually come round!
I’m always on the lookout for great recipes the whole family can enjoy and that fit around family life. As we all eat the same meal, any food I cook has to be something that I would enjoy, not just a carb loaded plate of beige food!
Something I’ve always believed in is eating together as a family. During the week, it’s tricky trying to coordinate everyone’s busy schedules, so usually our meal together is breakfast (although lockdown and working from home has meant more lunches and all of our dinners together – woo!). At the weekends, we tend to eat all our meals together.
Eating together as a family is a great way to bond, regroup and share with each other bits from our day. It’s also easier to have conversations around the dining table, as it is a social and more relaxed environment, meaning the children are more likely to talk!
The recipes on Serves 4 represent the actual food we eat day to day. And our tastes change with the season and with our (ok, my) mood! The recipes also reflect our family’s heritage and wide variety of cultural influences. As a Chinese-American-British who grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC and now calls London home, I have a pretty broad base from which to draw my culinary inspiration. :)
We do eat out on holidays and for celebratory occasions! And normally, we would order the occasional takeaway, but sometimes you just can’t find the right food to satisfy the craving. I love the flexibility and creativity that cooking at home allows. And, home cooking also has the added side benefit of being healthier and gentler on the wallet.
The kitchen is definitely my happy place and doubles as my home office; despite it being small, I do spend a lot of time in it. But fortunately, I’m not always cooking! Family life comes first, and when I’m not testing recipes or working on the website, then I’m probably shepherding my boys around to their various activities or getting them to help with the tidying.
At the weekends, we like to hang out together as a family, playing board games, tennis, running around the local park, seeing friends or exploring all the cultural offerings of London, to name a few interests.
Serves 4 is almost like a third child for me, so when I’m not spending time with my actual family, I’m nurturing and developing the website. I am constantly looking for ways to improve it, whilst continuing to add new content.
Many things in life make me happy, including (in no particular order) sunshine, watching little birds flock to our feeder, sitting in silence with my morning coffee and reading a good novel.
When I’m not doing any of the above, I can also be found enjoying a good laugh with my boys, playing the piano, playing the boys’ violas or planning our next holiday.
Thank you for staying ‘til the end and for taking time out of your busy life to share this journey with me.
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If you have any thoughts or comments about the site or how it could be better, I’d love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact me here.
I look forward to sharing more family recipes with you!
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