About Me

Hey! Wanna know more about me? I’m Gail, the blogger, photographer and recipe developer behind Galley of Gail. Lover of all foods from sweet to savoury, from healthy smoothies to full-bodied chardonnays.

I am a dual South African/Dutch citizen based in Amstelveen, The Netherlands for about 18 years. Born and raised in Cape Town, my pallet is influenced by the Cape Malay cuisine, a style of cooking unique to the Western Cape. My dishes therefore will likely have elements of sweet to aromatic spices. If it’s made in a pot, you can almost be sure that the recipe will start with an onion and garlic. 😉

The food I ate growing up, was mainly served as a means of survival and not so much focussed on health and nutrition. I’ve watched my late mother turn a few ingredients into a meal for six. Fortunately we live in different times and nutrition plays a huge part in my life. I believe in balance and don’t believe in depriving yourself from indulging in all sorts of foods.

Some more fun facts about me

  • I am a mother to a teenage boy also known as my aka food tester and photo critique.
  • Apart from English, I speak Afrikaans (one of the languages in South Africa) and Dutch. That makes me trilingual.
  • I’ve lived in South Africa, Dubai, Singapore, a short period in China and now in The Netherlands.

Galley of Gail started off as a space where I could save my favourite recipes. I quickly realised that I wanted beautiful images to combine with my recipes. In that very moment my love for food photography was born.

Food photography and food styling is my creative outlet. “A picture is worth a thousand words.” I love the challenge of telling a story with a picture. Combined with creating recipes, I now am able to have my dream job. If you would like to know more about working with me as photographer and recipe developer, click here.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know more about me. Happy cooking and feel free to contact me if you have any questions or to provide me with your feedback.