Hello! I'm Wendy, and I'm the owner of and content and recipe creator for Serves4.com. I'm so happy you've found your way here, and lovely to meet you! This site is where I share my culinary adventures and our family's favourite recipes.
I seriously love eating as a form of socialisation and have always been passionate about good food. And now I encourage our family to eat together - even if it's only one meal a day - as some of our best conversations and bonding moments happen around the dining table. It's also a great way to introduce our children to the foods we like.
Most days, I'm kept busy raising two boys in our cozy flat and cooking meals in our even cozier kitchen. I've learned to be extremely organised and creative with kitchen space, and have become something of an expert at scheduling oven time for the various things that seem to always need baking or roasting! One day, we might have a larger kitchen...
I also love cooking and baking (mainly because I love eating), and I believe that making good food doesn't have to be complicated or involve difficult techniques. The recipes I share on the site are all straight forward and easy to follow, and if I can do it, then I believe you can, too!
As a Chinese-American-British who grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC and now calls London home, I have been influenced by many different cultures and cuisines. Most of the cooking I do is for our small family of four, although I love to host and share our food and table with friends. The recipes I cook are a reflection of my multi-cultural influences, from my upbringing through to my travels and overall life experiences.
Most of the time I'm cooking because I need to feed my children! But that doesn't stop me from wanting to create the best tasting food I can. Food is so much more than just a basic necessity - it is also a secret window into the culture and history of the people who eat it. When I'm craving certain flavours or researching a new recipe, I love to learn about its history.
I also love celebration food - not only does it taste amazing, but it also looks beautiful! I honestly think food tastes better when you know someone has gone to the extra effort of making it look beautiful.
Food has always been important to my family, particularly around holidays and festivals, and I have distinct memories of watching my parents and other family members cook, and of myself enjoying, my favourite meals. As I grew older, I began to participate in some of these cooking activities and gained an understanding and awareness of how to cook. These experiences provided the starting point for my appreciation of and relationship with food.
When I was in my 20's, I didn't cook much - it was hard to cook for one, and I much preferred to share food with others. Instead, I ate out a lot and really expanded my taste repertoire. It was such an eye opening and exciting time of life, being young and single and travelling all over the world to enjoy new foods and learn about new cultures. Those were the years.
Eventually, I settled down and started a family, and it was only then that I began to cook in earnest. I started cooking for my boys when they were babies and created a whole system that enabled me to feed them whilst I was back at work full time. And now that they're old enough to enjoy a variety of foods, cooking for them has become a lot more interesting and rewarding. They also like to get involved and help out with meals, so it's good fun for all of us!
Now, I spend most of my time in the kitchen, either cooking or researching new recipes. I love that I can work my passion for good food around the needs of my family. Sharing the foods I love with my children is such a joy, and I hope they'll eventually develop the same love for food as I have.
Somewhere along the early stages of my cooking journey, as I realised just how many different recipes I was cooking and how many more new ones I was dying to create, I decided I should try to document the recipes that worked. It inspired me to continue on my culinary adventure, and who knows, maybe it will also inspire one of you. And that's how this site was born.
I documented all the early recipes I was cooking for my babies. As our boys have grown and the focus of our family meals has naturally shifted away from baby and toddler recipes, so the site has also developed. Serves 4 is now dedicated to all the foods our family enjoys. But don't worry, all the tips and recipes I have for babies and toddlers are still preserved on this site!
Serves 4 aims to be a catalogue of our family's favourite recipes, and also to be a resource, and provide inspiration, for anyone struggling to decide what to cook for their own families. You'll notice that there's a bit of everything on this site - the recipes don't just follow one type of cuisine - and that 100% reflects the way our family eats. We are always on the lookout for new flavours!
So, a huge thank you again for being here and staying 'til the end. I hope there will be something useful for you on this site and look forward to seeing you around here more.
I'd love to hear any feedback, comments or requests, so please feel free to leave a message below or to get in touch.
Meanwhile, keep cooking and carry on. Until next time!
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