Hi there! I’m Gillian. I am a Melbourne freelance writer and the chief blogger here at My Square Frying Pan – a food and travel blog made with love.
ABOUT THE BLOG
I launched this blog in May 2012 both as a creative outlet and as a response to becoming the ‘go-to girl’ for cooking advice for friends, family and work colleagues. Here you’ll find my not-nearly-enough travel adventures as I eat my way across the world as well as playful, uncomplicated rustic style recipes which are meant to share with your nearest and dearest.
The ritual and creativity of cooking for me is incredibly therapeutic and the gift of food whether giving or receiving should never be underestimated. As you might imagine, my dining table is quite often full with friends, which they love, and I couldn’t be happier.
Since beginning this blogging journey, I have rediscovered my love of writing, recently launching my career as a freelance writer, been a finalist in a national blogging competition and have featured on Huffington Post and GRAM Magazine. I am also currently the Food and Wine Editor at Latte Magazine and I pinch myself every day to be doing what I love. Passion is the pen that burns a hole in my desk until I pick it and just write…
It’s the story behind the food that draws me in….
It goes without saying that I love telling a good story so you’ll find memories and anecdotes liberally sprinkled throughout the blog. Just as the eyes are a window to the soul, the food we share is a window to our own incredible story. What’s yours?
WORK WITH ME – Let me tell your story
I am interested in paid freelance writing projects including copywriting, feature writing, profiles across both digital and print in the areas of food, hospitality and corporate writing however, I welcome other types of enquiries so please get in touch to discuss your story. I can also write blog posts and contribute to your social media campaigns with engaging content to build your community. Please see my writing portfolio here.
My Square Frying Pan
MSFP currently averages around 20,000+ unique visitors per month and I have 3,000+ followers via Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google +. I welcome enquiries for sponsored posts, product reviews, samples, events and restaurant launches and will write about it at my discretion on the proviso that it fits with the style and philosophy of this blog and that I have genuinely enjoyed the experience/ product. Comments and opinions are my own and reviews, positive or otherwise are not guaranteed. If you would like to reproduce or use MSFP content, please do the right thing and ask first.
If you would like your wine/alcoholic product, cookbook, kitchen appliance or seasonal produce considered for review, please contact me via email@example.com
MEET MY INSPIRATION – Doris/Grandma/’Great Doris’
This blog is inspired by my Grandma, Doris who is 94 years young. Grandma has a zest for life that is infectious and she never ceases to amaze me.
After the photo above was taken, Grandma went on to rock it out to Zorba the Greek at my cousins wedding reception AND not only kept up, but stayed out until 2am putting most 30-somethings there to shame. If I can come anywhere close to that in my 90’s I’ll be over the moon.
Grandma is one amazing, gracious and resilient lady who I will always always look up to for her infinite show of determination, strength, generosity and of course, amazing skills in the kitchen.
Did I also mention she has magic hands? No? Well, these hands have the ability to make the most wonderful cakes, slices and pies appear from out of nowhere, with an egg, some jam and a sprinkle of love…
Why did I name the blog ‘My Square Frying Pan?’
This is a question I get quite often….
My first memory of cooking is shared with Doris when I was not much taller than the oven itself. I stood on a kitchen stool and we made pikelets together. The batter was made in a big ancient ceramic mixing bowl and then cooked on Grandma’s square frying pan – hence the name for my blog. They were eaten hot with lashings of melting, dripping butter and strawberry jam – soft and fluffy on the inside and slightly crispy to bite.
For me, I’m also transported to another time and place with one mouthful my Grandma’s mulberry pie. Each time I eat it, I’m 12 years old again sitting alongside my Grandad who had an infamous sweet tooth. My fingers are still stained purple from picking the mulberries earlier that day and I am savouring a slice of pie with homemade custard.
For me, its in a rare treat of my Grandma’s mulberry pie. Each time I eat it, I’m 12 years old again sitting alongside my Grandad who had an infamous sweet tooth. My fingers are still stained purple from picking the mulberries earlier that day and I am savouring a slice of pie with homemade custard.
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