Samantha Saliba is the newest member of the GITH Team. She is our resident chef, has a healthy food obsession and a growing fanbase.
We are elated to have Sam join our team at GITH. She heads up GITH’s Eat Seasonal campaign sharing monthly recipes using home-grown, local and seasonal ingredients. Whilst cooking daily for her family and followers she also holds down a full-time job as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist at the Gozo General Hospital.
We love what she does and super proud to be showcasing her work in the magazine. She is dedicated to her work and her passion and finds balanced time for all that makes her happy, including spending quality time with her family and we know that takes practice and an aligned mind! We gave her the GITHWoman treatment below…
What are you working on right now?
Sam’s Sweet and Savoury is taking my focus of late, I share recipes that I cook on a day-to-day basis for my followers to try out. However, I’m also a full-time Paediatric Occupational Therapist at the Gozo General Hospital.
What drives you to do what you do?
My husband, family, friends and above all my followers helped me grow my page into a community with their continued interest and support.
What inspires you?
Food photography inspires me the most. I often just scroll by on Instagram seeing photogenic food plates that look so, so, delicious and I’m instantly intrigued to try it out, giving my own twist! I also try to find some relaxing time everyday and this is when most of my ideas come rushing in!
What keeps you sane?
Quality time is very very important to me. So, if it’s going for a walk with my husband, sipping wine on our terrace, going for a picnic or a coffee with a friend, these are all things I live for that keep me sane and looking forward to new ventures with a positive outlook.
What is your proudest achievement?
Graduating as an Occupational Therapist was a big deal for me. Also getting married and starting my new venture as a foodie influencer – each of which has brought so much more quality to my life in very different aspects.
What has been your biggest lesson to date?
The COVID pandemic was quite an eye-opener – there were so many things we took for granted and we welcomed unimaginable changes, both good and bad, e.g., not being able to meet up with friends or go abroad, becoming hygiene freaks with masks and double-checking everything around us, a new evolution of telework and technologic means of communication, more quality time with my closest ones and exploring interests and hobbies. It made me realise how important it is to live in the moment and make the most out of every situation. During this period, I initially started to post pictures of the meals I cooked for my husband on my personal page and so many people started showing interest and asking for kitchen tips or recipes. That’s when I decided to open a page in an attempt to inspire others and give ideas of day-to-day recipes that are doable by everyone in the comfort of their home. This also got me into experimenting with food photography which I absolutely love so much!
What’s your tip for life-work balance?
My greatest tip would be Organisation!! This is something that allows me to enjoy so much quality time with my loved ones whilst still fulfilling my commitments. I am quite a planner, so I always have a to-do/priority list, a weekly meal plan, post scheduler, appointment calendar and I also set deadlines for projects that I have going on. Adding to the previous question of what keeps me sane…organisation for sure
What advice would you give your younger self?
Mostly I’d tell her to grab opportunities as they come. This is something that I have now grown into doing and makes life just so much more colourful.
What advice would you give someone who wants to become an influencer?
Stay at it! I must admit that I have often started projects in the past, that didn’t get me anywhere or rather, I gave up before I began. So any effort that I did, kind of went to waste. When I started this page, my friend had told me that this would be something easy for me because I do love to cook. I was always one to experiment with recipes and I do it every day anyway. Since it was something I loved so much and was almost natural to me, I kept at it and I have loved seeing it grow and flourish. So consistency makes all the difference to success, as well as loving what you do. It will show in your work and will keep you going.
The Takeaway. Be inspired by Sam’s effort to commit to something that makes her heart sing! With passion, dedication and consistency, you will see results.
These are some of the ways Sam shows up in the world: Sams Sweet & Savoury on Facebook | Instagram