About Christie

christie-bio-picHi there, I’m Christie Connelly and welcome to my little corner of the web.

I’m a health-conscious home cook who loves to experiment with all types of cuisine, and the more I learn about food, the more I want to know, and the more I want to share.

I am not a vegetarian, but over the years a strong love has flourished for vegetarian, vegan, raw, gluten free and dairy free cooking. I feature these types of recipes each week as I support the global Meatless Mondays campaign encouraging us all to try to cut down our meat consumption for environmental, health and financial reasons. Don’t click away if you are a meat lover, you’ll also find meat and seafood recipes here too.

I’m a born and bred Sydney girl, but now I reside in the gorgeous northern rivers region of the far north NSW coast. It’s home to picturesque towns like Lennox Head, Byron Bay and Mullumbimby, and happens to be the place where my husband grew up. We moved here with our toddler in July 2012 and have not looked back. She’s now 3.5 and we’ve also got an 8 month old son too. Sometimes I get back down to Sydney for meetings and events, but only if they’re extra special.

I’ve been a city chick my whole life, but now that I’m a mum my priorities and pace have changed. A lot. I want more space, more freedom and more local fresh produce for my growing family. This region provides all that and so much more. You can read about country living via the Northern Rivers Stories category and more intimate stories about our family in the Autism category.

Before I was a mum, hubby and I jetted off on global adventures at a minutes notice. That’s not really possible right now, but you can still read all about my previous jaunts in the Travel Stories category. We’re hoping to able to get going again soon – with and without the little people!

Ditto restaurant dining. Our choices are a little less michelin starred and more family friendly these days, but you can still read a mix of both in the Reviews category.

I love meeting new people so please do leave a comment if you feel like you want to respond to something or ask a question (sometimes I make mistakes too, so feel free to point those out!). If you’re shy then stalk me on social media, I’m everywhere: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn.

Why Fig & Cherry?

The name Fig & Cherry is strongly marinated in family history. My heritage is a mix of Hungarian on my Mum’s side and Lebanese on Dad’s side and I wanted to reflect that in the name of my blog. Cherries, particularly sour ones are very popular in Hungarian cuisine, and it goes without saying that figs obviously represent the middle east and mediterranean.

Food is such an integral part of both cultures and, in our families, was a definite bonding tool. Food was used to show love, and sometimes even in place of love, whether or not that’s a great parenting strategy! Both my grandmothers were fantastic cooks and well known in their communities for their amazing talents, and I dearly regret not standing by them in the kitchen a little more often when I had the chance.

Work with me!

I regularly work with PRs and brands on collaborative projects. I have several options available such as sponsored posts, sponsored giveaways, email newsletter features and banner advertising.

Please note, I only ever feature products, places and services that align with my personal values and that I genuinely enjoy. I am not interested in regurgitating your press releases. To get in touch please visit my PR & Advertising Enquiries page, which also outlines my disclosure policy.

Credits

Website design and development by Morning Studio, an online marketing company I co-own with my husband. We specialise in web development and design (including blogs like this one!), the creation of digital content and management of search marketing campaigns.

Design + Copy © Fig & Cherry 2011