Apricot white chocolate pops

Happy new year everyone! We celebrated the first day of 2017 with a quiet day at home on the farm; a few jobs to do, a monopoly game, naps and now, a movie and these  roasted apricot and white chocolate ice creams. The perfect thing to be eating and writing about at this time of…

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Favourites list and Happy Christmas!

Happy Christmas! Before we all go into festive lock down, I just wanted to swing by and say thanks so much for hanging out with me here on Local is Lovely this year. I also wanted to share a little mixed bag of things I’ve read, cooked, seen, done and loved this past month or…

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For the love of rhubarb, blossoms and Gillian Bell x

The absolute best thing about every workshop we’ve ever organised under the Local is Lovely banner is the relationships that evolve so sweetly out of each one. Friendships are made, collaborations are dreamt into life and the ripple effect of bringing together all these creative people under one roof, surrounded by beautiful food and countryside,…

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Kurrafalls, a free range life

About 10kms from our farm there’s a property called Kurrafalls and it’s home to Lisa Darley, Quenten Jones and their kids Will (9) and Darcy (5). Across the farm’s 303 rolling acres they run free range and much loved chickens (layer and meat chooks), cows and Dorper sheep, and at their front gate is the…

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Dispatches from the field

Last weekend we hosted a lunch on the farm (right out on the farm) and thank goodness all the stars aligned to make it just the most fantastic day. There was no wind, it wasn’t too hot, no flies, no snakes, lots and lots of beautiful green grass and three courses of tasty seasonal goodness…

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Tamsin’s Table, apple cakes and cinnamon knots

Tamsin Carvan is one of my all time food heroes. In the 15-odd years I’ve been writing about food, cooks and chefs – her approach to cooking, style and generosity of spirit has inspires me more than anyone. I love Tamsin’s seasonal, considered approach to growing, cooking and sharing good food, and I love her…

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Sourdough donuts, dogs and swollen creeks

Our great friends Sammie and Simon came to stay this weekend and, because the former had put in an advance request for donuts – that’s what I made. And inspired by another friend’s recent successes with sourdough donuts, I went down that road, and it was a good one. So to celebrate having visitors, a…

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My Open Kitchen Podcast is live!

Hello! It is with equal parts excitement and nerves that I’m writing to you today to say that the My Open Kitchen podcast is live! My lovely co-host Skye Manson and I have been working on this project for the past few weeks and are really proud to now have it ‘out there’ for your…

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matcha fondue

August favourites and orange cake

It’s the most gorgeous Sunday afternoon here in Orange. The sun is feeling warmer than it has in months and the kids are outside making and playing ‘bases’ with their friends. I’ve got an orange cake (recicpe below) in the oven and half an hour to put this post together before joining them for a…

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All about kraut

Erika Watson of Epicurean Harvest is a good friend to Local is Lovely and a regular guest at our workshops. With partner Hayden Druce, she grows superb produce on their small pot in the Blue Mountains and is a wealth of knowledge on preserving and storing seasonal excesses. So it’s with the greatest of pleasure…

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