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Artist, gardener, cook.
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It's hard to know who's out there reading anymore - when the blog began it was mostly traffic from the U.S. I've never been much good at checking stats and stuff, but anyway, just putting this out there in case... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2019 at Nourish Me
Occasionally it feels as though rural life is a little beyond me. A calf was lowing for her herd, wandering aimlessly up and down the hill late last week as I huffed and puffed my way back home in the... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2019 at Nourish Me
The thing that gives me the most solace in life is my meditation practice. It is both the easiest and most challenging thing I've ever done and I rather like that the first time I talked about meditation was right... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at Nourish Me
website and classes, coming soon Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2019 at meditation
Dark Moon decluttering is a monthly routine 'round here, a ritual clean out/tidy up/rethink that helps me honour the cycle of the moon. This month's a digital declutter - I don't own enough stuff anymore to go all Marie Kondo... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2019 at Nourish Me
I rise early each morning, turn right out of our gate, and walk to greet the sun as it rises over Mount Macedon. The stretch of road traversed is never busy, even less so at that hour. There are roos... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2019 at Nourish Me
A magpie befriended me a couple of weeks after Poppy died. Pie (my husband thinks this a better name than my original choice of Mags) is a teenager, a beautiful creature slowly shedding the grey feathers on his shoulders to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2019 at Nourish Me
The older I get - and at 47 and a half I'm approaching older more rapidly than I'd perhaps like - the more I feel an urgent need to draw in all the loose threads of my life thus far,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Nourish Me
Cooking in summer...yes, the produce is beautiful . The peaches of January make my heart sing. And yes, the garden keeps giving (and giving and giving). The heat brings on a particular kind of digging-my-heels-in mindset; the pressure to produce... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2019 at Nourish Me
The kangaroo startled me as he turned on his tail and bounded off into the vineyard at the end of the lane, moving on only when I, the intruder, had myself turned around to head back home up the hill.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2018 at Nourish Me
Nigella has this to say about the drudge of xmas cookery in How To Eat Christmas is every cook's nightmare. Maybe it isn't helpful to say that it doesn't have to be a nightmare because if anything will increase your... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Nourish Me
Now that I've got that off my chest, I feel the pull of writing again. Not that Not Drinking was a block, rather that the changes that accompanied getting to that point was all-consuming - getting married, back-to-back rounds of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Nourish Me
One of my favourite writers, Kingsley Amis (and yes, I do know he was a complete arse, thank you) was a well-known boozehound. In his excellent and often side-splittingly funny "Everyday Drinking", Amis describes the way in which the typical... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Nourish Me
(11.12.16) 2016 in a few lines: exercise changed everything, forever (12wbt - bloody hard work for a 45 year old, but invaluable) met good people (sewing class (jude!), artists i admire, werk peeps, a new tree guy) made this dress,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Nourish Me
How to say it? I am humbled - genuinely humbled - by the responses to my last post. I did not desire, nor did I expect the protests and it certainly wasn't some diva-ish drama call for flattery (even though... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2016 at Nourish Me
When I began blogging about food in early 2006 cabbage was far from a favourite. Loathed cabbage back then; love it enough to be insanely proud of the crinkle-edged rows I'm growing now. Raw cabbage makes really really great salads.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2015 at Nourish Me
I am aware that the picture above is a healthy stand of broad beans and NOT an asparagus bed but I've some asparagus-related news from the trenches, just in, that I kinda couldn't wait to share: you know how, at... Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2015 at Nourish Me
Seems I have, at long last, kicked the deepest and darkest of daily coffee habits that was wreaking havoc on my digestion. From the other side, things feel good, feel...cleaner? spring-ier? Better most definitely. Less anxious, more at ease. An... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2015 at Nourish Me
Stuck in the city today as werk's xmas party - a Christmas in July affair - is tonight. The snowdrops will, I am sure, be up real soon, p'raps even as I type which means that we will be busybusy... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2015 at Nourish Me
Mid-way through this blog's now 9-and-a-half-year existence we lived in a beautiful, rambling house in Elsternwick. On Saturday mornings, Peter and Anselm had a life drawing session thing going on in the loungeroom. Afterward, we would talk, nothing being off... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Nourish Me
Each of us who cooks has the one task that drives them nuts in an otherwise enjoyable pursuit; for Kathryn, it's skinning and de-seeding tomatoes, a task I actually quite like. Me? Creaming butter and sugar. What a bloody faff.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2015 at Nourish Me
This little one was lost for a large part of this weekend. Foxes have been stealing local chickens and a mob of roos has been hanging around our hill at nights. When Bruce and Holly next door met a roo... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2015 at Nourish Me
Too many pink peppercorns, bought in bulk - 'twas the only way to get them at the time - for a bulgar pilaf of Ottolenghi's that was nice, yes, but only made just that once, so not memorable enough obviously.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Nourish Me
Nigel Slater's simple stuff is where he excels, I reckon, and his latest book, Eat, is a welcome return to form. I've made his Root vegetable tangle 5 times in as many nights, varying the vegetables and, in the interests... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at Nourish Me
It feels good to be back on the other side of the highway. Even though I werk on the posh side, know that shopping strip about as well as I will ever know any in Melbourne, living there was, somehow,... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Nourish Me