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About me

Melanie Hall Baking Cookies

hello there!

My cooking philosophy is reflected by the old French proverb ’where love sets the table, food tastes best…’, hence the name of this blog.


I live in Geelong, Victoria; my Federation cottage combines the best of both worlds - lovely original features are blended with a large modern kitchen extending out to a productive courtyard garden.

I have spent my working life as a caterer, event organiser and cafe owner and cooking teacher; through it all my greatest pleasure has been teaching.  I love taking the skills, tips and recipes I've learned in professional environments and translating that knowledge to the home kitchen.  My particular passion is baking, both sweet and savoury.  I realise that for many people, even those who consider themselves accomplished cooks, baking can be a daunting and intimidating occupation; my mission is to change that mindset.

I plan to do that by helping home bakers achieve success one recipe at a time; building on a foundation of knowledge and skills that allow them to embark on the delights and rewards of baking without the self-doubt and disappointments.

If you're an accomplished baker I promise you'll leave feeling creatively inspired to expand your baking repertoire.

Join me as we explore the fascinating world of baking and you will see that you too can become the star baker of your imagining...if you can’t make it to class, you’ll find my teaching on my blog and via my social accounts, whichever you choose, I promise there'll always be cake!

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