In My Kitchen: Library officer enjoys creativity of cooking
THIS week we talk about cooking with library customer services officer Nita Matzky-Sting.
Name: Nita Matzky-Sting.
Occupation: Library customer services officer for 18 years.
Who is your biggest inspiration in the kitchen?
My grandmother - she made everything from scratch using nothing from packets.
She made simple but hearty food. Her favourite thing to make was pumpkin scones.
What was the first successful meal you ever cooked?
During cooking class in Year 10, I made apple crumble. I saved it to bring home and everyone ate it.
My mum would have never let me in the kitchen.
What is your favourite thing to cook?
Stir-fry and casseroles, they're really simple dishes and healthy.
Would you pursue a career in cooking?
No, my daughter is very good at cooking. We ate a pizza she made for us for dinner last night. I'd rather bake than cook dinner.
Why do you enjoy cooking?
Being creative, I don't like sticking to the recipes; rather put my own spin on something.
I grow my own fresh herbs and tomatoes so they always end up in most dishes I cook.
Your least favourite food and why?
Any offal or anything that has heads in it, like fish head soup. It doesn't look pleasing, anything that stares at you when you are cooking it.
One ingredient you love cooking with and why?
I love cooking with tomatoes; they're so versatile and can be used in anything.
I can use them in a whole variety of cuisines from Mexican, Italian, Greek and Middle Eastern foods.