Apple Island Wife the book finds a home with crowdfunding publisher Unbound

Tuesday was quite a big day for me. I signed a contract with Unbound, a crowdfunding and publishing phenomenon who have changed the face of publishing in the UK. As long as I meet my crowdfunding target they will publish Apple Island Wife – one woman’s adventures on five acres in Tasmania, in digital and … More Apple Island Wife the book finds a home with crowdfunding publisher Unbound

Pride of place – Langdale Farm pork at the Sprout Tasmania dinner at Stillwater

Somebody asked me last night whether I’d be better off stacking shelves at Coles than I am running a small farm and food business with my husband and writing on the side. Luckily he was a charming person so I didn’t mind being asked. I have no idea what you’d make stacking shelves at Coles. … More Pride of place – Langdale Farm pork at the Sprout Tasmania dinner at Stillwater

These little piggies went to market (except for the one that the abattoir lost)

This week the abattoir lost one of our pigs. ‘Did it run away?’ asked Smudge, very sensibly. But no, it didn’t run away, as it was dead. They didn’t lose a live pig. They lost the carcass. We’ve learned to take the rough with the smooth and the unexpected since moving into small diversified farming … More These little piggies went to market (except for the one that the abattoir lost)

Judging the Tasmanian Short Story Writers’ Competition 2017

Blow me down if I wasn’t asked to be one of the judges for this year’s Tasmanian Writers’ Competition for short stories. The competition is run by the lovely people at Tasmania Forty South, with an ‘island’ theme. An anthology of the best entries is launched at the Hobart Writers’ Festival in the years when … More Judging the Tasmanian Short Story Writers’ Competition 2017

Tassie paddock to French plate – legendary French chef Alain Passard woos diners at Peacock and Jones

Not many in rural Tasmania dine in 3-star Michelin style very often, but we had the chance to do so last week, when legendary chef Alain Passard visited our island and created three spectacular dining events, at Josef Chromy Winery, Peacock and Jones Hobart, and Drysdale, the restaurant of TasTAFE in Launceston. In these celebrity … More Tassie paddock to French plate – legendary French chef Alain Passard woos diners at Peacock and Jones

Sticked and mounted. Polo training at The Creech

My only source of knowledge about polo, prior to visiting The Creech in Tasmania, is the Jilly Cooper novels I’ve read. The impression I have from those is that people who play polo are usually Argentinian, born into landed gentry, or live in the English Cotswolds. I’m not qualified to play in any sense, then. But … More Sticked and mounted. Polo training at The Creech

Passard’s chefs cook up a storm with Launceston’s TAFE students

It has begun, the biggest week for students on TAFE hospitality courses in Launceston. Under the captaincy of one of the world’s best chefs Alain Passard, they are prepping lunch for eighty at Josef Chromy Winery, and a fifteen course degustation for one hundred and twenty diners at the college’s restaurant. Monsieur Passard had gone … More Passard’s chefs cook up a storm with Launceston’s TAFE students

The legendary Alain Passard comes to Tasmania for the Great Chefs Series

Alain Passard is packing his suitcase. In a tiny Parisian apartment above his exquisite restaurant L’Arpege, and at a chateaux in Brittany, he is placing an array of fine garments into a Samsonite Cosmolite, and slipping a bottle of Eau Sauvage into his soap bag, because French men smell wonderful and he will be representing … More The legendary Alain Passard comes to Tasmania for the Great Chefs Series

Sam’s triumphant return to the Tamar, at Iron Pot Bay’s cellar door

We’re loyal to good chefs in the West Tamar, to the point where we track them down if they move. A case in point is Sam Adamson, who ran Ilk on Rosevears Drive for what seemed like the blink of an eye but was certainly too short a time. Imagine our delight when we heard … More Sam’s triumphant return to the Tamar, at Iron Pot Bay’s cellar door

Dan Hong puts a flame under the Great Chefs Series at TasTAFE Drysdale

“How do you turn this thing on?” Dan Hong asks as he swings the handle of a wok burner to and fro in TasTAFE’s impressive catering kitchens. We’re here to talk about the Great Chefs Series, the initiative which, well, does what it says on the tin – it brings great chefs to Launceston’s Drysdale campus … More Dan Hong puts a flame under the Great Chefs Series at TasTAFE Drysdale