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April 19, 2020

Luscious, creamy ricotta would have to be one of my favourite ingredients of late. Being so versatile it's always so handy to have sitting in the fridge to use in lasagne's, tarts, fritters, pancakes. Whipped until smooth with parmesan, the zest of a lemon and vibrant...

April 10, 2020

It had been raining all day, the type of rain that soaks into the earth saturating everything in sight. A very pungent onion caused my eyes to pool with water. I closed them tight and blinked, as I continued talking to mum, my phone resting on the windowsill so that sh...

March 31, 2020

The smell of tomato plants always reminds me of my Nanna. As I brush my hand over their leaves and bring them to my nose I am a little girl once again, in the backyard of their garden, under the clothesline where the cherry tomatoes grew up the trellis against the fenc...

March 22, 2020

Where does the inspiration for a meal come from for you?

Every morning, I open the fridge door to jars full of jams, chutneys and pickles. They sit proudly amongst a bowl full of figs that were picked only days earlier from the fruit laden tree a couple of doors down. A...

March 13, 2020

In the pantry on the third shelf sits a container that is more often than not filled with some sort of home baked goodies. It just feels right when that container is full, a quick sweet treat to have at hand, especially when visitors pop around, it's always lovely to h...

January 28, 2020

 My eyes were drawn to an open cardboard carton that sat on the workbench beside our front door. I had just arrived home and my first thought was that Ben had forgotten to take it down to the recycling bin. It wasn't until I peeked into it that I realised, with an audi...

December 21, 2019


We whispered to one another as we ducked and weaved our way through the cherry trees, branches hanging low, laden with glistening ruby red gems. We were not only looking for those perfectly ripe dangling cherries but we were also keeping a close look out for the fair...

October 1, 2019

At times it begins with a thought; an idea starts to form in my mind. It may have been something I had read, smelt or tasted and in some cases it comes about from having a few egg whites leftover, a small amount of sour cream sitting in the fridge or I just generally h...

June 22, 2019

A slice of oozy creamy brie sat on top of a piece of Smyrna sun-dried quince and I was in heaven. As I stood there savouring every last morsel I cold feel the ideas blooming in my mind. Walnuts! Yes, walnuts! What if I was to put these three things together - the quinc...

June 9, 2019

My feet quickly scurried over the icy-cold pavers towards the carport; our second fridge lives out there and I grasped whatever it was that I was heading outside to get firmly in my hands before rushing back up to our blue front door. It was when I took that first step...

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