Hello and welcome! My name is Elisa Ashenden, and I certainly live to eat. I have always been obsessed with food and all things culinary and have many memories of being perched up on the kitchen bench watching my mother cook and prepare delicious meals! Though I was born in New Zealand, I was raised in Japan and have also lived in New York and Sydney, and now reside in London. As such, much of my food reflects the experiences I have had with ingredients and fresh flavors from across the globe.

Though I have worked as an actress for many years, in the past months I have been urged by so many to start writing down all my recipes and food tips, and I can think of nothing that would give me greater pleasure. I am a firm believer that no-one needs to suffer through eating properly. In fact, I believe the opposite. The best food in my opinions should not only serve you nutritionally but should be exceptionally delicious. Β Here you will find mouth-watering fresh recipes that will taste so good you may not realize how fantastic all this food is for you. I will deal with nutritional issues, healthy and nutritious meals, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, and many other “types” of eating..but first and foremost, I can guarantee it will all be DELECTABLE!!

Luckily for me, I travel a lot with my husband, and we always seek out local specialities, and the very best food we can find, so travel and restaurant reviews are all here too!

There will be no calorie counting and no tiny meal portions here. I learnt a long time ago that the key to eating HEAPS of food (I eat more than any other woman I’ve met) and not getting gigantic lies simply in creating delicious meals out of the right ingredients.

I hope this blog and eating food from Elisa’s Table makes you as happy and healthy as I have been in creating it.



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  1. Wooohooooooo! So excited you are finally sharing your recipe secrets Elisa. Looking forward to seeing this site develop and being able to share your amazing recipes and tips with our friends and readers. You certainly know how to make eating well delicious and fun. Can’t wait!

  2. I LOVE that you are sharing your joy for fresh, fabulous flavours Elisa. Some of my most treasured memories are from eating the beautiful culinary creations you’ve put before me on both sides of the globe – from celebratory extravaganzas to heartening, nurturing meals.
    I am SO glad this blog exists because so often I’ve wanted to call you for hints & tips (& actually have done on occasion – asking most basic questions & getting answers with no judgement of my lack of confidence in the kitchen!). Hooray!! Even my husband said the other night “I want to cook Elisa’s fish”!
    This is just excellent. I’m in for the ride & so are my taste buds!!

    • Hello Emma and thank you! So glad you are enjoying it. Funny you should mention wine-matching as I have just been wondering if that might be of interest. I’ll certainly add that in for you! I have had an offer from someone to do this for me so I may take them up on it yet, but I like to be able to vouch for everything I say here personally. Let me know what you think.

  3. Elisa! I found your recent post about salmon so interesting, thank you. really insightful & accessible info.
    I particularly love the Yakiimo (soz for spelling as on diff page!!) story! How fascinating & just so “only in Japan”. What a lovely thing to dash for in the winter. So comforting & gorgeous. The pics of your mash have my mouth a-watering! It looks fabulous. I’m looking forward to giving it a go. When I mash sweet potato I find it to be a little watery in a way… glossy & though delish it never quite has that creamy factor that I expect from mash. I’m going to getting my little self mashing tout suite & see how it goes!
    I’ve loved reading your blog Elisa.

    • Thank you so much!! It is so wonderful to get your feedback. Would love to hear how you go if you make any of the dishes too. In restaurants the ‘creamy factor’ you refer to is usually achieved with cream or milk, but you really don’t need it, olive oil and water work really well, and of course are much better for you! If there is anything in particular you would be interested in hearing about in the future please let me know! πŸ™‚

  4. Hello gorgeous, LOVING your blog. Looks just so delicious and healthy. Keep up the great work. I’ll definitely being flickng this blog across to my friends. Keep it coming and thanks for sharing. xxx

    • Thanks Maddy! It is all really healthy and easy and always will be here. Would love you to pass it on to anyone you think may like it. Thank you. If there is anything in particular you want to see done let me know. XX

  5. Am loving your ideas ELISA . Wish you weren’t so far away. The blog is fabulous and have even tried some of your dishes. They never taste quite like they do at your house!
    Jackie x x

    • Oh thank you Jackie! I will put the beef meatballs up for you soon too. I know you are keen on those ones. And the chicken wrapped in bacon I made you when you were here is going up today!

  6. Fantastic Blog! Looking forward to trying ALL of your recipes. Finally a blog that has great ideas on preparing the kinds of food that I like to eat!!

      • Just tried your Healthy Burgers Recipe – substituted ground turkey for the beef and it was so delicious. Can’t wait to try others. This is exactly the kind of food I like to prepare and eat. Just read that you are an actress as well! I’m an actor currently doing Sister Act on Broadway – you have a big fan here in NYC!!!

      • Thank you Caesar! So pleased you like the recipes. How fabulous that you are on Broadway! Next time I’m in NY I will have to come and watch you in something. πŸ™‚

  7. WOW Elisa! just scrumptious! I’ve just moved into a home with a beautiful garden and have been having a ball myself with all the herbs. I’m going to make your mint and lemon tea right now! Congrats on your wonderful project!

    • Gyton! Wonderful to hear from you, thank you. Your new pad with garden and fresh herbs sound divine. There is just nothing better than picking fresh herbs to use in your food straight from the garden! Thanks for dropping by. X

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