Blog author, Tenele resides in rural NSW Australia with her husband and two festively plump cats Harry and Henry
Hungry Planet is the baby of professional writer, home-cook and career travel agent Tenele Conway.

I sat down to write an introduction to my thoughts about food, not only food but the world we live it and how food in the tie that binds humanity together. But as always, that insanely talented man, the master of the succinct, Anthony Bourdain has already crafted the perfect thought.

"Food is everything we are. It's an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It's inseparable from those from the get-go".
And there it is. That is what food is. I would go one step further and say it provides a means of livelihood for many, creativity for some, pleasure for most and torture for those who don’t have enough or have too much.

So why write about it? The world is flooded with opinions, it doesn’t need one more, certainly not mine but like many I am drawn to share. Food does that, it begs to be seen, to be admired and to be shared.

I get my particular brand of kicks from cooking world food at home. Pick a country, pick a dish, hunt down the ingredients and cook. It’s as simple as that. 

Well it sounds simple but the fun is in the challenges. 

Finding the ingredients from dishes from across the globe is hard, sometimes substitutions, omissions and tough decisions need to be made. 

Honing skills, understanding flavours and interpreting recipes is hard.

But there is one things that is almost never hard and that’s the eating. 

The simple act that makes all of us humans one, no matter where we are from, what our political stance or religion is. We all have to feed ourselves. 

I strongly believe sharing in the flavours of the world can bridge a gap by highlighting what we have in common, instead of what makes us different.

There are many journeys to be had both in the kitchen and around the world.

Wherever you can cook you can go...join me.

I would love to hear from you, my readers and cook recipes unique to your culture. Make sure you read my “Join the Conversation” page so you can find out how to get in touch with me to share your recipes and stories. It can be a struggle to get people to engage with a blog but I know there are people out there who have an innate connection with the cuisines of their own culture and want to share it with the world so be sure to drop me a line.

A Word Of Warning:

I am not a chef. My cooking skills are self taught and I am always learning. My kitchen successes probably outweigh my failures but I am partial to both.

Travel agents know how to have fun but I don't have wild and seedy Anthony Bourdain style stories to share with you, no I haven't spent decades working in kitchens with a crack pipe and a heroin addiction.

I am not a TV personality, although I did once make a cake on the "Prime Possum" show.

Limitations of income prevent me from being a true Foodie. You won't see too many Michelin stars in this mouth and I will take a G&T over a fine wine any day.

I don't even have a desire to work in a professional kitchen, don't turn a passion into a job unless you are prepared to see it from a whole other perspective, one you may not like. You can read more about my former cake decorating career right here.

What I am though to the core is a traveller who loves to eat and this is what you will find in my blog. World food, stories from the road and an appetite for exploration.

Here's a snapshot of some of the explorations so far... 

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