I had heard of many people having Passata days, where they harvest all their summer tomato crop and make batches of tomato Passata (sauce) to store for the winter months, when tomatoes are no longer in season and too expensive to source. It is an activity most common to the Italian culture. Since my glut was basil, not tomatoes, I decided to gather some friends and with my abundance of basil have a Pesto day.Read More
At Carriageworks Farmers Market (near Redfern), every Saturday morning, a unique experience exists, where farmers, growers, producers, artisans and chefs, gather to sell produce, either grown or raised on their farms or hand-made within the NSW/ACT region, direct to the customer.One of my great joys is to take tours to the market, introduce people like you to the farmers and growers, share breakfast together and chat about how best to utilise and cook the produce you buy. Book hereRead More
'Tis the season to stop!
It's been quite the year 2016, boxes are ticked with the second cookbook on the shelves and our final child finished school, but I'm ending it all just a little weary. It seems when you burn the candle at both ends for a whole year, you eventually run out of wax - I think I'm going to fall over the finish line at the end of this week and then proceed to lay horizontal for quite some time. I'm so thankful for what's been done and just as thankful to have the chance to stop.
Bags filled with cooking equipment, summer clothes and boxes of books, we jumped on a plane north and before we knew it we'd landed in balmy Ballina. Heading inland to the colourful village of Bangalow, we stopped in at the 'one street' town of Newrybar for a bite of lunch.Read More
Last Saturday or was it the one before? Time is racing by....I saw Christmas Puddings in the shops yesterday and wondered where has this year got too! I digress...back to the topic Jane, it was on Saturday 3rd of September, in the words of my special guest and food-writer Barbara Sweeney - "family, friends and fans gathered to celebrate with me - the arrival of my new book - Our Delicious Adventure - Recipes and Stories of Food and Travel."Read More
I’m not sure who was the first to think of this wonderful combination of pork and fennel, it’s food genius and works as well as the pairing of pork and apple sauce. These simple to make and delicious to devour sausage rolls won’t last long on anyone’s kitchen table.Read More
Wintertime means citrus season with an abundance of oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, cumquats and Seville oranges hanging on neighbourhood trees and at farmers market stalls. There are even Rangpur limes, a type of 'mandarin lime' or 'lemonadrin' – loosely translated as a mandarin orange – rough lemon hybrid. Although we don’t all have a citrus tree or two in our front or backyard, no doubt you know someone who does and so often there is an excess of fruit available beyond the needs of the average household.Read More
Remarkably just weeks later I was sitting at Jude's kitchen table comfortably chatting and getting to know her a little more, while she cooked me her nourishing soaked grain pancakes with stewed apricots. I did say out-loud that morning - 'I can't believe I am here and YOU are cooking ME breakfast!' We laughed and I quietly thought how did I get here?Read More
Word of mouth led us to stay at the most delightful little farm cottage - a rural retreat located on a small working farm, nestled in the undulating hills of Poowong East (South West Gippsland - Victoria). For two days and nights we were treated to complete peace and quiet, enjoying tranquil views from the front deck, oh and from the claw-footed bathtub too. So beautifully restored, we found every room filled with colour, treasure and connection to the simpler way of life.Read More
I sneaked away to the country for the weekend to glean from a bunch of freelance photographers and writers, willing to share their craft and ways at a Photography and Writing Workshop. It was a stretching exercise for me; put on the spot with many writing exercises, plus the requirement to then read your work aloud to the whole group.Read More