I'm in Oz "across the ditch" so big welcome to another antipodean member
You'll find this forum a great place for any info you want to know - there's a whole range of people cooking in different places in different ways with a huge range of experience to be drawn from.
Hey - good on you for taking on the role of cook also. Just make sure fiance does something equally time consuming :) And don't stress the packet stuff, plenty of people use it, it does come in handy. I know I run to it at times.
I really hope you take part in the many discussions here. The personalities are endless
BTW, what instrument do you play? My son is pretty involved in acoustic guitar (wants an amp but NO!)
Cheers for now,