Hello. I am so glad to see you.

If you have landed here then you want to know a bit more about My Kitchen Stories and me. Ok then, good, it’s going well.

I started this blog because I love cooking. I have loved cooking all of my life. I can’t tell you that my Mother was a great cook or that she taught me everything I know, because she didn’t. In fact, when I decided to pursue a career in cooking she was horrified, deflated , nonplussed, incredulous and she thought I was joking. I think I was a little bit at first. She tried to encourage me to be a kindergarten teacher but I just didn’t think it was me. Turns out it wasn’t.

What can you find here, at My Kitchen Stories?.

                             Inspiration, interesting ingredients,  instructions, ideas, (lots of i words), how tos,  food for friends and fussy eaters, fast solutions to dinner, cakes, desserts and more cakes. I also like to travel so sometimes I share that too.

                                                                                                                                                       What about me?.

I worked in kitchens around the world while travelling for 10 years when I completed culinary school. Then back here in Sydney I worked in restaurants too.

I am the Mother of a child   new adult who cares little about food that has no chocolate in it. This is a great disappointment (read GREAT disappointment)  for me and a waste of good food.  I cook and I pack in boxes to take to people’s places, so I can ease the burden of modern food waste guilt. I no longer work in restaurants so cooking at home is an addiction that is no longer satisfied at work. The late nights and weekends seemed insane when he was young so I gave up my job as a chef. The late nights and long hours (and wine) made it hard for me to function when answering homework questions….

I’ve since worked in retail and wholesale as a food buyer and consultant and once had the keys to stocking a vast cookbook library for a food franchise. My favourite work has always been recipe writing and product development and I’ve done this for The Essential Ingredient, Australia on a Plate and Taste Stores and have been lucky enough to work with many brands and products since starting My Kitchen stories. I’ve worked as an instructor in a cooking school and I not only love food tours but am also a Food Tour Leader in Sydney part time.

                                                                                          Food is for Giving

Of course I love eating, going to restaurants and markets and talking endlessly about it all, but really I think that cooking is a great way to connect with people.

Cooking and eating and even preparing is about sharing the love. It’s also about creativity if you like to experiment and it’s about giving and about other people doing the dishes…..well that’s part of the dream.  If you are looking for shortcuts and packets, I don’t have many of those, but I do have easy ways to make food from great ingredients. I  do try to cook with everyday ingredients that you can get easily at a market or even the supermarket but sometimes I wheel out something very special and I expect you to be impressed…  Nah, not really , I’m only being silly . From time to time,  I too have to show off  some of this life’s very indulgent gems. Everyone needs some pointers on the finer things in life.

My Kitchen Stories is also often about travel.  My travel and food have always been interconnected in a very practical way. I  began travelling in my late teens and because I was a chef, work was easy to find. I have a lot of very interesting stories. Restaurant life is packed with adventure. (Haven’t you read Kitchen Confidential- Anthony Bordain)


So, even though my travel shoes were shelved while I cooked dinner for my son, I knew I’d get back out there again one day.

I love markets and pouring over menus in foreign countries. Asking people how they cook things and being thrilled about learning something new are part of the love and creativity that cooking brings.

                                                                             AWARDS AND MEMBERSHIPS IN MEDIA







Featured in the Courier for Ideas on Hot Smoked trout

Easter Paper

Featured in the German pastry Magazine: Sweet Dreams


I love to write recipes. I won this award for a recipe written  for Bioglan. It was part of a crowd sourced book

The Bioglan SuperFoods Project Winner Tania Cusack

Best winter dessert

Best recipes winner

Featured in:          THE GUARDIAN     Recipe ideas for left over rice

Leftover rice cake

Featured in :  THE GAB               5 Awesome Aussie Food Blogs       


Rice Paper Rolls-My Kitchen Stories


THE WHOOT –  Featuring  Cherry Ripe Slice  

cherry ripe


Want to fast forward to some of my work?


Rainbow cake and how I excited the neighbours- Queen Fine Foods

Easy Ice cream Desserts to make without an Ice Cream machine

Leluvia Island Fiji

Pizza Dip

How to make a cheesecake


If you would like to contact me please email  ….. tania(at)mykitchenstories(dot)com(dot)au

I still do cooking classes for private groups of people ….so if you want to have a fun day or night , having a glass of wine and learning to cook something interesting then use the email address above.

I am a member of Food Bloggers Australia


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My Disclosure Policy

From time to time I receive products to either review or to use as an ingredient for writing recipes.

1. Opinions expressed on My Kitchen Stories are entirely my own and are not influenced in any way.

2. If I have received a product to review or road test this will be disclosed in the post

3. From time to time I am asked to review a restaurant. If this is the case this will be disclosed on the individual post.

4. Receiving a product or meal does not ensure that it will be reviewed favourably or even at all.

5. I spend a lot of time writing recipes and highlighting the benefits of some of the brands I work with. I never say something is good if it is not, and I always expose if I have been paid to write a recipe or a post


Please contact me if you have any interesting ingredients you would like me to use. If  you would like to speak to me about showcasing a  product or service, please contact me by email



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