About me



Some of you chat with me regularly on Facebook but those who don't know my story, here it is:


My name is Amanda and I am the author of the 'Simple home cook' books.  I am a wife & mother to 3 children ages 5, 7 & 9 and have a 22 year old step son. I am also a Chartered Accountant and currently working part time. 

I took a career break in 2010 and during this time I started working on my cookbooks as a hobby which of course turned into something a little more.  I ended up photographing, editing and self-publishing and it very quickly took up all my spare time. 


My motivation started when my kids were very small and I found preparing meals at 5pm every day was a definite struggle.  I already had a number of things on my 'to do' list at that time of day, including: bathing the kids, helping with homework, after school activities and making dinner was just another thing on the list. 

Since then my life has changed and returning to work throws another ball in the air.  The kids are a lot older now but with that comes after school sports and other committments. Quick meals and lunch boxes have become even more important to me. 


I need meals that are easy, quick, cheap and the main criteria - that everyone will eat. 


The 'Simple home cook' books include lunch boxes, starters and salads, main meals and desserts - oh the desserts!!

I started it with working families in mind but it is also perfect for students, working couples, singles, the older generation and really anyone who loves easy & delicious meals.  


I am excited to hear what you think of my books and hope you enjoy cooking my food as much as you enjoy eating it.  




Family activities - snorkelling on a camping trip
Visiting the Hot 91.1 radio station
Our kids - big and small
The family and footy
My inspiration - my Mum and Grandma.  They are going to kill me for showing this photo....