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About us

“…it pleases us” is created by Emily and Saskia, who are sisters-in-law and friends-by-choice. Our blog celebrates the things in life that please us: cooking, baking, eating, drinking and mixing with the ones we love. We are passionate amateurs and here we share our culinary adventures with anyone out there who is interested. We both live in marvellous Melbourne – way down south in the less sunny part of Australia – and most of our restaurant reviews and assorted adventures take place in our fair city.

Emily is wheat intolerant, so much of her time in the kitchen is spent battling spelt pastry and getting creative with alternative grains. Emily loves sweet things (much to the chagrin of her husband, Mr M, who desperately wants her to make him a quiche one day) and so most of her recipes are for sweet treats. She rationalises her sweet baking habits in that due to the wheat-free factor, she can seldom find delicious cakes and pastries. Her favourite flavours include salted caramel, chocolate, raspberries, lemon, rhubarb, strawberry jam, rose water, hazelnuts, peanuts, pears, quince, cinnamon and maple syrup and on the savoury front, smokey bacon (Istra is a favourite), slow cooked beef or lamb, pork belly, wild mushrooms, brussels sprouts, fish sauce, aioli, cumin, chilli and lime.  Emily also loves recipes that involve using her beautiful red Kitchen Aid mixer and has a serious macaron addiction.

Saskia is veg-aquarian (vegetarian + fish) and so most of her recipes centre around vegetables and/or fish. Her favourite flavours include lemongrass, chilli, basil, raspberries, tamarind, anchovies, kalamata olives, mandarins, lemons, hazelnuts, coconut, rhubarb, wild mushrooms, sea urchins, wild roquette, garlic, snapper, tuna, kingfish, sardines, ginger, horseradish, dark bitter chocolate, thyme, roquefort cheese, cardamom and star anise. Probably not all in the same dish, mind you. (Though if anyone invents something that successfully incorporates all these flavours, please let Sas know!)

We hope you enjoy perusing our blog. Please leave comments on any posts that please you! If you would like to contact us directly, send an email to emily@itpleasesus.com or saskia@itpleasesus.com,  or say hello on Twitter to Emily and Saskia.

13 Responses to “About us”

  1. Benbi says:

    I heart you.

    That is all.

  2. Clare says:

    I found you via google! Your blog appeared!
    Love the pics of the cheescake-on-a-stick…

    xo Clare

  3. Tracey Wilson says:

    Love the website ! Well done.

  4. Lucy Duncan says:

    Girls! I just heard that you had this blog and I love it….and love that the world at large can now discover your amazing cheesecake-on-a-sticks!! Laughed at the photo of me with that that you facebooked…may be profile pic worthy, at the very least to advertise your excellent cooking-and-yumminess-promotion abilities!


  5. Beth says:

    Love the blog gals – I sense that it will be both an excellent procrastination tool and an inspiration for future adventures – Luce and I are quite steamed up about cocktails at Cafe Vue…cocktails AND yummy food – it doesn’t get any better xxxx

  6. Carmel says:

    Great you have included Nona’s Wedding Cake recipe on the blog. I have had many people comment on how delicious the cake tasted. I can let them know the recipe is available.

  7. christy says:

    Looking good Em! although you are making my cooking skills seem very very inferior … 😉

  8. Grace says:

    Saskia had to drop by for a visit. Absolutely love the name of your blog, you’ve incorporated everything I am so passionate about. Love it! Off to explore the rest of your blog.

  9. Love your blog – looking forward to following your kitchen adventures!
    – From a fellow Melbourne Food blogger!

  10. Sam says:

    Hi, I just had to share as it doesn’t appear you’ve cracked on to them yet. You simply have to try the macarons from Lindt (Collins St, Melbourne). A brilliant array of flavours, perfect presentation (although I must admit I haven’t taken in a sideways analysis!) and sheer bliss. The passionfruit ones are to die for. Enjoy 🙂

  11. Emily says:

    Wow… stumbled across your website by accident and am now convinced it was providential! First recipe of yours I came across is flourless choc hazelnut cupcakes – anything cupcake I am compelled to try! Plus I have to be GF so find your comments on gluten at various eateries very helpful, I also live on the same side of Melbourne and love any excuse to use my KitchenAid! And we share the same name!

    Looking forward to reading more. Thanks! Em

    • Emily says:

      Wow! KitchenAid, food intolerance, Northside and the same name!!

      Glad you are liking the blog – I also have upcoming a big GF post on baking and cooking GF and am planning an eating out post too. Thanks for stopping by!

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