August favourites and orange cake

matcha fondue

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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challah donuts

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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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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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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April Favourites

April has come, gone and now we are well into May – say whaaaaaaat? Honestly I feel like everything/one is on fast forward at the moment. So before we find ourselves in June; below are a few favourites from last month. I hope your April was full of good things to do/eat/read. Oh, and in…

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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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chocolate loaf

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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