About Me – Tiffin and Tea

Hey…I’m Safira. Welcome to my little place on the net.

Tiffin and Tea was born at a time when I was really struggling with my mental health. At the time my daughter was 3 and my son was 4. I was mentally and physically exhausted and in the midst of all of that, I discovered that baking and cooking had a way of relieving my anxiety.

The name just felt like a natural fit. We loved tea and I used to pack a tiffin for my husband to take to work with him.  I also associated a tiffin with travelling and that is something I wanted to do a lot of. 

People were always asking me for recipes and I thought a blog would be the perfect place to share them. The blog is focussed on feel good food. The food is mainly vegetarian and wholesome but I like to share recipes for indulgent desserts too because I believe that balance is key and deprivation is not. I love baking and as such I do a lot of it. Some recipes are more wholesome then others, but all of them are feel good.

It certainly did not start that way but this space has adapted as I have grown and learnt to love myself, allow myself some freedom and nourish myself with the food that feels good for me. 

The recipes here also feature seasonal food, wholegrains, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, good fats and natural sweeteners. This is how we eat now and it is how our way of eating has adapted over time as a result of learning about what works for us.

I am currently studying Naturopathy and Herbalism and I strongly believe that what we eat can affect the mind, body and soul. Sometimes a cream cake is better for you then a wholesome cookie. ‘How so?’ I hear you say. Well if you have an unhealthy relationship with food, you tend to attach so many feelings of guilt and other negative emotions to said cake, that it affects you more negatively then a cream cake.

I don’t label how we eat as anything to be honest because I want to be relaxed about it. I have had a difficult relationship with food my entire life. So now, I have taken the pressure off eating ‘perfectly’ and believe that moderation is key.

Other things about me.. I will occasionally write about self love because it is a topic that I am very passionate about. I think that once you love yourself, you can love others better. Once you accept yourself, you can treat yourself better. Once you listen to your needs, you can go out there and do everything you ever wanted. 

I am also building up a photography portfolio and will be adding some tips and tricks to the site shortly.

You may see the odd picture of days out and nature. My love for nature comes from my dad.. I find myself talking to my own children about the beauty of nature all the time and watching random programmes about penguins with them, just like my dad did with us. (Currently I am listening to my dad talking to my son about the rotation of the Earth and sunsets).

Anyway guys, please please feel free to email me. I would love to hear from you!