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Interests: Food, family & stories
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For weeks. tomatoes from our garden had been sitting in a large glass salad bowl, ripe and fulsome. As I used each one of them up, and my husband George stopped bringing more in, I put them in progressively smaller bowls. Finally, there weren't enough to fill a bowl -... Continue reading
Posted 3 hours ago at The Tribal Tomato
I love stories. And more and more, my work involves hearing them, recording them and sharing them. Does my work help pay the mortgage? It's getting there. No one said it's easy running your own business. The perks? Being home when my kids come back from school. Hearing rosellas from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2015 at The Tribal Tomato
I remember crusty just baked bread, rubbed with juicy tomato flesh, swimming in a puddle of thick green olive oil…. So you want to write about your life, or that of a loved one, but you’re not sure where to start? Maybe you have a few ideas, a bunch of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2015 at The Tribal Tomato
Some years ago, I took my mother away for the weekend. It was hard work getting her to agree to come – the idea of putting her needs over those of my husband and children was anathema. Still, once I’d booked the accommodation, she begrudgingly agreed. I’d planned all sorts... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at The Tribal Tomato
'I could make some pizza dough,' says neighbour Joe. 'I think George will take care of that. He's become quite the expert on making large quantities of pizza dough. You know, what with having a wood-fired oven and all...' I'm inviting Joe and his family to what is fast becoming... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
Some weeks ago I visited a number of op shops in Melbourne's west - what I found there surprised even this seasoned op shopper - if you want to know what treasures I found, and who Wendy the Wonderful is, just click on the links. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
It’s been two and a half years since my lovely friend Katerina passed away. It seems less, and more, than that. I miss her ready laugh, her wit, her cheeky spirit. But, selfishly, most of all I miss our easy friendship. Often she comes to mind unexpectedly – when I... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
The smell of Marlborough cigarettes; the din of soccer finals on TV; the sound of dice against a backgammon board - my lover and I let it all wash over us as we drink cognac in the little seaside café. Outside, the rain pelts the muddy pot holes of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
Our lives are so big. Where does one start in making sense of and recording one’s life story? Digging up memories and stories, and finding the overarching theme or themes of your memoir, is like digging into soil – you never know what you will find. I believe you need... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
Footscray resident Lyndon Fenlon of Urban Honey Co. is a man on a mission – to encourage locals to keep bees. For someone who is allergic to bees, he’s done a lot for the local bee population over the past decade. Check out this story I wrote for Maribyrnong City... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
Most of us know that organic food is good for us – what’s there not to like about food that has been grown without chemicals, in a way that is friendly to the environment and to our bodies? But many of us are hindered by the prohibitive cost. Recently, I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
When it comes to food and exercise, I take my inspiration from the ancient Greek saying 'pan metron ariston' – everything in moderation. Admittedly, I exercise more moderately than I eat. So when my local gym offered a chance for members to participate in our very own Tour de France... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
For any budding writers out there, I will be running my popular 12-step program for procrastinating writers in the leafy surrounds of my studio in Box Hill on Sunday 14 September. Part bookish boot camp, part self-help group for writing procrastinators, this workshop will help you get over the most... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
I swore every year I wouldn’t do it again. Why? Because weeks afterwards, I would find crusted chocolate icing underneath the bench top. Electric blue fingerprints on a corner kitchen tile. And dried butter cake residue stuck fast to the blender that I had been too tired to clean up... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
In Melbourne's West Footscray, there are 15 Indian restaurants within a one-kilometre radius, earning this spicy strip the moniker 'Little India'. Check it out in this blog post I wrote for the City of Maribyrnong. Images by George Mifsud Related articles Ten dollars. Ten minutes. Ten countries. Eating cheap in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
What to cook for dinner? Getting something on the table that is tasty, nutritious and tempts each of the different palates in our house is quite the task. Sadly there are no accolades or medals for achieving this superhuman feat on most nights of the week – the best I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
One fine summer’s day this food-obsessed writer and a hungry photographer were looking for meal in Footscray for $10 or under, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. Just to make it more fun, we decided that the eateries had to be within a ten-minute walk from the Footscray Railway Station.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
Last year, my husband, daughter and I were talking with our then ten-year-old son about relationships, marriage and the like. Despite maintaining that he would never get married, our son did feel he was in a good position to dispense advice for people going on a first date. My scribbled... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
This weekend, I’ve got a gig to cook at Antipodes' Lonsdale Street Greek Festival. I’ll be cooking recipes from my new book, Afternoons in Ithaka. I’m quite nervous about it. I’ve been asking myself, ‘What is this home-cook doing sharing the limelight with the likes of more professional cooks like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
Some years ago, I was in one of my favourite bookshops and saw author Arnold Zable, who I’d met briefly on a few occasions. I had long admired Zable’s storytelling ability, and his stance on refugees. I made my way up to him to congratulate him on the release of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at The Tribal Tomato
Beetroot are sprouting forth from our garden at great speed – we are getting a decent crop every few weeks. They're reasonably priced at markets and greengrocers at this time of year too. This can only mean one thing – it’s beetroot season. This is cause for great celebration and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2013 at The Tribal Tomato
A whole season has passed since my post on our Roman adventure in our suburban garden – the building of our wood-fired oven. Spring is now but days away; bright yellow freesias have snuck their coquettish heads from the earth, the garden beds have more silverbeet than we know what... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2013 at The Tribal Tomato
These are some things I particularly dislike about winter: fingers and toes that refuse to defrost throughout the course of the day; the push and pull of eating too much (‘it’s primal winter behaviour; don't fight it’ says one voice, while another says ‘don’t make excuses’); and watching excessive amounts... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2013 at The Tribal Tomato
It’s been a long time in the making. First there was the idea, now more than a decade old. Whimsical, romantic, just like our younger selves. To bring the idea to fruition, my husband George would have to do a course. But our kids were born and my father got... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2013 at The Tribal Tomato
My mother has a number of tables at her house, and they are always ready for action. There’s the table in the garden bungalow, where many of Mum’s neighbours gather each day for coffee and sweets. There’s the table in the kitchen, where day-to-day meals are had. And there’s the... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2013 at The Tribal Tomato