My (temporary) Tuscan kitchen


A Sunday morning in Tuscany. It’s May, church bells are ringing, washing is dangling out of small windows in wonky stone farm houses, wildflowers are brushing against my knees and I’m lost in an overgrown, terraced olive grove. Well not quite lost, but I’ve wandered too far off the track to retrace my steps so…

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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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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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Savoury granola and day 1 of our workshop with Molly Yeh

Matcha fondue, savoury granola, challah donuts, marzapan kangaroos and tahini cakes with buttercream frosting…. Yes. Having Molly Yeh in our kitchen for three days was a sweet experience in every sense! Two weeks ago, super blogger and cake queen Molly Yeh  made the trip from her farm on the north Dakota-Minnesota border to ours just…

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sourdough scones

Sourdough scones

I’ve recently started on a bit of a sourdough journey and am hooked. Completely hooked on the whole process (which I’m documenting over on the lovely Mill House Kitchen blog if you fancy taking a look!). But the one thing I’m not so keen about is all the extra starter you seem to end up…

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Winter soup for bonfires and frosty days

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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