Food is essential to culture, and should never be reduced to a simple to-do list.
– Adam Liaw in The Guardian
I vacillate between thinking food blogging is a vacuous exercise, and just simply enjoying the doing and the reading of the digital communities formed by food blogging. Despite identifying as a writer, I’ve had trouble articulating why it is that I love food culture so much. Then last week I read this article by chef Adam Liaw and he succinctly articulated why food and food culture is essential to our well being, our selves, our histories and our communities. Continue reading “February Favourites”
I want it to go on
this deep blue tide that trembles
at the edge of the sky.”
– from ‘broken’ by Max Ryan
I’ve had better months. It felt as though a plague took our house. Each of us got sick one at a time (poor W got two goes), which meant that at least someone was sick for two weeks straight. I’m not sure what was more of a pain – trying to care for two rambunctious kids while feeling like shit myself, or looking after a small sick little darling who wanted to, literally, cuddle all day long. In amongst it all though were some lovely moments. A weekend away on the blue beaches of Byron Bay with my parents and their partners, my brother and sister-in-law and gorgeous little niece. And being a part of the vigil for Baby Asha in support of the doctors and nurses at Lady Cilento Hospital was heartbreaking, of course, but also heartwarming. Continue reading “February Favourites”
“In my way of thinking, anything is possible. Life is at the bottom of things and belief at the top, while the creative impulse, dwelling in the center, informs all.”
– Patti Smith, M Train
We ended 2015 by having dinner with old friends then sharing a bottle of champagne – just S and I – before getting into bed well before midnight. It was most lovely. We started 2016 with a long walk, a train ride, and coffee. Also most lovely. And since those cruisy beginnings, January seems to have hit like a bomb. S and I are both really busy with work, the weather is heating up to all kinds of crazy fuck-climate-change-is-a-bitch degrees, and I already feel ready for a holiday. Continue reading “January Favourites”
I’m going to keep it short and sweet. It’s been a long week and today I am all kinds of tired. But spring is in the air, and the streets that I walk down daily are blushing red with bottlebrush trees all abloom; last week the kids and I foraged this bunch as we meandered home from the library, and it’s been sitting on my desk ever since. At this very moment I’m en route to a writers festival down south, bub fast asleep in my arms, old friends to catch up with. Life could be worse.
Sarah x Continue reading “September Favourites”
Sometimes writing about food feels… trivial. This week Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, along with six others, were executed by firing squad in Indonesia. Yet another young black man dies in police custody and the Baltimore riots are spreading across the States. Another woman was murdered for no reason other than that she was a woman. A teenager is raped at knife point and the mayor thinks it is okay to suggest that women shouldn’t walk anywhere alone. Thousands upon thousands of Nepalese have died, been injured, lost their families and homes after a devastating earthquake. Continue reading “April Favourites”
As I write this the rain is coming down so hard it is drowning out all sound and thought. The air smells of earth and wet. It’s been raining for the past two days. Grey skies, clouds piled on top of one another bruised purple at the edges. Heavy rain, coming straight down, turning gutters into running rivers and parks into ponds. It’s still warm though, humid and languid, just the slightest hint of a cool breeze in the evening. The best kind of weather for baking, for reading, for cuddling in bed with your family, for after dinner snacks, for early nights, for splashing in puddles.
Sarah x Continue reading “March Favourites”
Sure. It’s well past January. I know that. In fact it’s mid-February already. But dates be damned – here is my January favourites list. It’s been a pretty good month for our little family. We went from a family of three to one of four with the birth of our son. S has been on leave since T joined us so we’ve all been hanging out, eating watermelon, kissing the baby, playing at the park, fruitlessly trying to catch up on sleep. You know. All the life stuff. Plus the endless feedings have given me plenty of time to browse the interwebs…
Sarah x Continue reading “January Favourites”