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Welcome to My Mezzaluna…down under.  My place in cyberspace  where I share my enthusiasm for cooking simple food and keeping my new life in Australia as simple and uncomplicated as possible. As from January 2, 2013 I am officially an immigrant in Perth, Western Australia and am determined to become part of the rich tapestry that is Australia.

My mission is to create awareness about the benefits of cooking simple, healthy food from scratch to care for our own health and the health of those we love. I love all things natural and uncomplicated, food included.  Keeping my life simple also helps me stay calm and keeps me grounded in the rush and chaos that is modern living. This is a work in progress!

I hope to share my increasing awareness of the power of food in trying to heal myself  and my son of candida and food intolerance. I hope I can inspire others to cook wholesome, nutritious food from scratch and to experience happiness through having less and doing more. Of course I fully realise that this is a tall order, but one I am determined to pursue.

I hope you will enjoy sharing my experiences and maybe make some of them your own. Please feel free to leave messages, they are always welcome and appreciated.

Some more…

  • Edwina Cottino, pleased to meet you.
  • I am mother to two boys. One of whom is allergic to a multitude of foods including gluten, diary, eggs, maize, millet, lentils, oranges, peaches and more.
  • I am married to The Italian to whom “Al Dente” is a matter of life or death.
  • I believe in God.
  • I was born and raised in South Africa.
  • I have lived in South Africa, Scotland, Milan, Abu Dhabi,  Dubai and now Perth, Western Australia.
  • I am a qualified teacher and have taught both high school and kindergarten.
  • I worked in marketing where I discovered photography whilst working with photographers on marketing campaigns.
  • I love vintage.
  • I try my best to follow the 3 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
  • I believe that it is everyone’s duty to do their bit for the planet. We all need to give back somehow.
  • I fantasise about having a small piece of land where I can grow my own food, have a few chickens and maybe a goat or two…
  • I dream about  having a completely eco-friendly, sustainable home someday.
  • I love all things Italian.
  • I love carob…and chocolate.
  • I love listening to the radio.
  • Shades of blue and teal are my favourite colours.
  • Vanilla is my favourite smell.
  • I could not function without my morning coffee.
  • Home made pizza cures all.
  • My hands need to be busy. I can sometimes be found knitting or crocheting granny squares.
  • I love nature, especially plants and trees.
  • I feel free in wide open spaces.
  • I love African sun sets and wide horizons.
  • Learning to just be.
12 Comments leave one →
  1. Hattan permalink
    October 17, 2011 7:04 PM

    Hi Edwina,

    Could you please send me your email? I want to send you an email about a food event in Dubai.



  2. November 14, 2011 8:05 PM

    Hi. Enjoyed touring your blog. You’ve had lots of interesting experiences which should be a rich creative soup. (grew up in family with allergy/food issues – well before it was trendy. Nothing like well-grown simple “farm foods”.) Thanks for visiting – hope out paths cross frequently.

  3. Neeru Kundvani permalink
    December 22, 2011 5:36 PM

    Hi There,

    Can I please get your email for an upcoming food event in Dubai?


  4. aussie11 permalink
    April 11, 2012 5:28 AM

    Hi Edwina, I have been just reading through your list of ‘facts’ above, all of them are gorgeous and I really laughed at your ‘Al Dente is a matter of life or death’ comment and also how ‘Homemade pizza cures all.’ Totally agree! Are you still in Sth Africa? I would love to travel over there.

    • April 11, 2012 12:10 PM

      Hi Johanna, thanks for taking the time to comment. We only go to South Africa now to visit. We have a holiday home there. We will be moving to Perth, WA at the end of the year and cannot wait. South Africa is a beautiful holiday destination… you should go.

  5. April 11, 2012 5:30 AM

    Sorry again, I am from (aussie11 is wrong id)

  6. Rawya Abdel Qader permalink
    April 23, 2012 11:43 AM

    Hi there,

    May I ask for your email address please ??

  7. August 18, 2012 7:36 PM

    love your blog and all the great photos and food!!!!!! especially the ones from italy!

  8. June 24, 2013 3:16 PM

    Hello Edwina! I’m just wondering how you’re going… it’s been a while since I was last in contact with you but you’ve been in my thoughts. I have been so busy and disorganised over the past few months. I still have the Perth blogger catch up in the back of my mind but I’ve done nothing about it. I just want you to know that I’m still here though, I’m thinking about you and I’m hoping that Perth life is treating you well.
    Laura xx

    • June 24, 2013 4:22 PM

      Laura, you are so kind, thanks. We are sort of settled in. Uni and teaching have taken over my life for the moment so I am not blogging enough. When is the Perth blogger thing? I hope I am free to go:) Thanks for checking up on me.

      • June 28, 2013 7:28 AM

        Ah, glad that you’re at least sort-of settled. I can definitely understand how other commitments take over. Don’t give yourself any pressure to try and blog if you’re already over-committed. We’re all still here and we still think about you! Blogging should be a pleasure, nothing else.
        I will update you via email on the Perth blogger thing as soon as I’m able to get something organised. Watch this space. Take care lovely xxx

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