Winter soup for bonfires and frosty days

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Sunday of the long weekend dawned bright and cold; my favourite kind of winter day, and so we invited a few mates around for a bonfire that afternoon. One mate in particular, the lovely Anna Derham, excelled herself by bringing out a huge vat of her amazing winter minestrone soup (recipe below) which we kept…

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Lunch at the Farm Kitchen, July 16

Winter lunches at our Mandagery Creek Venison Farm Kitchen are my favourite – there seems to be a heightened sense of conviviality at our long table, the fire creates extra atmosphere (of course) and our guests always seem extra excited to come in from the cold and share a meal with us. And so it…

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Hello! It’s been a while, too long since I posted here and I just wanted to pop in and say that there are many good things on their way to the blog, but between a three week working trip in Italy last month and some great new freelance work since returning home, I just haven’t…

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The Ordinary things, baking and Autumn light

I’ve been in the kitchen pretty much all of the past week, and have listened to many a podcast during this time, but one line from one show in particular really stuck a chord – it was Ruth Reichl, food writer and editor of great repute, talking to the team from Burnt Toast, and she…

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Local is Lovely March Workshop – recipes and stories

When photographer and collaborator extraordinaire Luisa Brimble suggested we host a Local is Lovely workshop with German-based photographers and stylists Marta Greber (she of one of my all time favourite blogs What Should I eat for Breakfast) and Simone Hawslich of Fraulein Sonntag I was beside myself. These two women are powerhouses of talent and…

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F.O.O.D Week 2016 – our shortlist!

This Friday, our beautiful region Orange kicks off its 25th F.O.O.D Week festival with the annual, and awesome Night Market in the centre of town (Robertson Park). And then for the next ten days, we producers/farmers plus chefs and proud Orange locals will be hosting a packed program of events showcasing not only the area…

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Happy Easter and a chocolate loaf

Good evening everyone! I hope you’ve all been well. We are heading off to New Zealand tomorrow (I know – crazy, exciting and very last minute) to spend Easter at one of my favourite places in the world, Queenstown (please, any hot tips for the town and surrounds would be very welcome as it’s years…

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Favourites List – February and March

Good morning all! A little late I know, or early depending on how you see things – but welcome to my February/March favourites list…I hope you have all had a great February – for us it’s been dry dry dry, but otherwise good and busy with the kids back at school, and for me, lots…

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Stories from a tree-change …and a peach slice.

I wonder if any of you pick up Country Style magazine each month, scroll through your Instagram and maybe look at blogs like this thinking about all those tree-changers living calm, measured lives in in nurturing country communities then sigh with a resignation that it could never happen to you. Well YES IT COULD. It…

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Glen Innes Show and yeasted waffles

Country shows bring together every positive thread of country life. They are an education in agriculture, an exercise in local pride and a chance for every last person in the community a chance to fly their own flag whether in the cookery classes, horse riding, art, wood chopping, cattle showing, camp drafting, sewing or in…

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Kitchen garden – St Joseph’s Molong

St Joseph’s is a small school in the Central Western town of Molong. And its new kitchen garden is nourishing its 50-odd students on every level. St Joseph’s has a terrifically hard-working P&F committee, and they’re are also a very handy lot. So when it was decided that their regular canteen should start up again…

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