Hi I’m Sally, the food addict and creator behind Eight Forest Lane.
Eight Forest Lane was created as a representation of home. It is a place you can come to find delicious and easy recipes that everyone can enjoy, no matter if you have a food allergy, intolerance or just prefer to eat a certain way for whatever reason.
This is a place that is free from judgement and rules, it’s just about really delicious food that hopefully is a little more accessible for all.
The main thing you need to know about me is that I love food. My mind is constantly thinking about what I get to eat next and I get genuinely excited about meal times.
I am that person that takes photos of every meal I eat at a restaurant or café so I can remember it and share it with friends. I will ask you what you’re making for dinner and will get too involved and excited about the answer.
Everything you see on this site has been tested, photographed and eaten by me, so you can feel safe in knowing that I’ll never share a recipe that I don’t believe in.
I currently live in Brisbane, Australia with my husband and our mischievous and beautiful chocolate boarder collie Maverick.
In addition to my day-to-day work with Eight Forest Lane, I also work with freelance clients. If that might be you, make sure to check out my work with me page.
The road to where Eight Forest Lane is today has been a long and not at all linear one.
I first began my blogging journey in December of 2014 after wanting to for a long time and so began my love of publishing content online. Back then, the site had a different name and was mostly lifestyle and travel focused. I had dreams of being a travel blogger.
But slowly, I started posting recipes because I was always cooking and baking. And eventually it just made sense that the thing I loved to do the most in my personal life should also be the thing I posted about online.
What lead me to blogging was a love to create and there is no better outlet if you ask me than through food.
So in 2017, I started focusing on recipes and changed the name to Eight Forest Lane. I still dabbled in travel content for a while, but as of the last couple of years all new posts are strictly food and recipe related.
In November 2023, almost 9 years (!!!) after I started my blogging journey, I made the decision to leave my full-time, well paid job in digital marketing and take the plunge into the world of self-employment.
Eight Forest Lane is now my full-time job!
If you want to hear more about my story, listen to my podcast interview with Eat Blog Talk.
my food philosophy
When I was 21, after having been quite sick for several years without knowing the cause, I found out I had an allergy to lactose.
From then, I had had a strict removal of dairy from my diet. In the last couple of years I have been able to add back lactose-free cheeses such as parmesan into my diet but for the most part, I don’t eat dairy.
As someone who loved to cook and bake and suddenly faced with a restriction on all my usual foods, I started creating recipes that were dairy free but with the aim that they would be just as good, if not better than the originals. Since then, I’ve expanded into vegan baking which makes up a lot of the recipes you’ll find on the site.
I also prefer to eat a plant-forward diet, meaning I do choose to eat mostly vegan and vegetarian recipes, however I do still eat chicken and seafood, and more occasionally red meat. The recipes on the site therefore reflect this and you’ll find a combination of everything here no matter who you’re looking to feed.
The ultimate aim is for you to find something delicious for dinner or dessert, that isn’t too complicated (aka no speciality ingredients that you can’t find at the supermarket) and is going to taste delicious, no matter what kind of diet you enjoy.
I would love to hear from you, so feel free to say hey either via the comments section on each post or you can usually find me on Instagram.
P.S. This website makes money via the ads that you see. I know they can be annoying but the revenue from these ads allows me to continue to publish and share recipes online for free. A percentage of all money earnt via ads is also donated to charity.