“Flour on the floor makes my sandals
slip and I tumble into your arms.
Too hot to bake this morning but
blueberries begged me to fold them
into moist muffins. Sticks of rhubarb
plotted a whole pie. The windows
are blown open and a thickfruit tang
sneaks through the wire screen…
for a brief whiff. I want our summers
to always be like this—a kitchen wrecked
with love, a table overflowing with baked goods
warming the already warm air. After all the pots
are stacked, the goodies cooled, and all the counters
wiped clean—let us never be rescued from this mess.”
– from ‘Baked Goods’ by Aimee Nezhukumatahil
About the Blog
I started this blog a few months after my daughter was born. I found myself at home a whole lot more than I had been previously, and much of that time was spent in the kitchen. Our kitchen at the time had sunny yellow splash back and a big window overlooking our green garden; it was a happy place to be. This online space is a personal narrative, a fusion of storytelling and food. I love to cook and to eat, I have two kids and a beautiful partner, I read as much as I can, and I swear a lot. You’ll find all of that in here. You’ll also find recipes for everything from salads to noodle dishes to cakes.
The dishes in this blog are all relatively simple. It is the food that I cook at home, for myself and my family. I rarely eat meat, and I love plant-based meals; local markets are my favourite sources of inspiration. All of the dishes here are vegetarian, many of them are vegan. Most of the food is healthy, but not all of it. I don’t believe in diets; I do believe in good taste.
I’m Sarah. I grew up in Narrm, Melbourne and after a five-year stint in Mianjin, Brisbane we moved back down south. I live with my partner and our two energetic, hilarious and sweet kids. Alongside food, I love reading and writing, feminist history and art theory, writers festivals, Jorge Luis Borges and Ursula Le Guin, traveling and bike riding, taking photos and camping, swimming in the summertime and whiskey neat. My favourite foods are fresh pineapple, ice cream, dark chocolate, sourdough rye bread, roasted beetroot, peanut butter, salads of all sorts.
I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I enjoy creating it.
I live, work and play as an uninvited guest on the unceded sovereign lands and waters of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. I pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and future.
I just found your blog and am so glad I did. It’s gorgeous, and I think I could literally make every single one of your recipes right now. Look forward to following.
Thanks so much Katie! So glad to hear you like it. When you do make some of the recipes keep me posted on how they go!
Sarah, I have just nominated you for the Liebster Award! 🙂
Wow! Thanks so much Katie.
Hi Sarah…I love your blog and your simple and freh recipes ! I will be making this salad this week for sure.
Spring has finally arrived here in Toronto, Canada after a very long and brutal winter. Needless to say I’ve been waiting patiently for the spring veges !
Thanks Carmen! There is nothing like the change of seasons to inspire some new cooking ideas. Hope you enjoy the salad.
Hi there, lovely to find another Brisbane-based food blogger…love the fresh, semi-vegetarian vibe you’ve got going here, beautiful photos too 🙂
Thanks for stopping by!
Just discovered your blog, absolutely beautiful photos and gorgeous recipes…
Thanks so much!
Hi Sarah, sounds great, I look forward to reading more 🙂
Hi Sarah, I just discovered your blog. I used to live in Brisbane and in an old Queenslander. I miss it. I look forward to spending some more time snooping around your blog.
Hi Eva – glad you’re enjoying the blog! Thanks for stopping by.
Sarah, I am so happy to have found your blog. Your recipes are wonderful and your pictures are absolutely stunning!
Thanks so much for the kind words Jasmine!
Your blog is beautiful and I love the flavors that you cook with!
Thanks so much Tara!
I have just come across your blog while googling for a roasted carrot and pearl cous cous recipe. Yours was amazing – everyone cleaned their plates! Ive loved looking through your recipes and they all look beautiful.
Thanks Narelle! I love hearing when people cook my dishes, and so glad everyone enjoyed it!
Love your blog, Sarah! Lots of great recipes and photography and I adore your beetroot logo (did you make that yourself too?) Anyway, you’ve definitely got a new follower in me 🙂 !
Thanks so much Elizabeth. I didn’t make the beetroot logo myself – I wish, it’s so pretty! Do let me know how you go if you cook any of my recipes.
Why are you called Highgate Hill? I am opening a coffee bar in HGH Brisbane. Is that where it’s from?
It most certainly is! When I started this blog, I lived in Highgate Hill 🙂
Greetings from Highgate, London- sweltering summer here! Love your writing and your recipes, thank you for sharing them. Nadine xx