Author Archives: libby

Going against the grain: Cranberry and orange museli

Food has been getting political in our house recently. It started when our 7 year old son took his distress at seeing images of homeless and terrified Orangutans in Indonesian forests and decided to make our household palm oil free. … Continue reading

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Labour of love: Persimmon and quince muffins

When I was about 32 weeks pregnant with our first child, we made the decision to have a homebirth. Alex’s conception had been accidental and at 5 weeks in our local GP told us we had better take a tour … Continue reading

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Old school: Vinter’s Chicken

I grew up in a big rambling weatherboard house on a quarter acre block in the Melbourne suburb of Surrey Hills. My mum, dad, brother and I lived in the old part of the house. I remember pine floor boards, … Continue reading

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Apocalypse now: Rabbit and juniper pie

One day soon the Apocalypse will arrive. It’s not going to come with the end of the Mayan long-count – I’m an archaeologist for goodness sake and would never believe such a ridiculous notion. More than likely it will come … Continue reading

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Keep cool and remain calm

The day started well, how could it be otherwise when you arrive at work on a perfect Autumn morning to find several kilos of chestnuts waiting for you? Every year in April my employer (the Southern Otway Landcare Network) holds … Continue reading

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Equinox: Spice-stewed rhubarb

The equinox has passed and the harvest season is surely on. Already I am surprised by it’s abundance. Across the weekend an amazing array of produce has arrived in my kitchen. It began on Friday night with beautiful bunch of … Continue reading

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Comfort food: Chicken noodle soup

By and large, I don’t really do maternal guilt. Well, at least not much. Not for me, the hand- wringing, the constant self second – guessing and personal recriminations. Maternal guilt is the first step on the path to martyrdom, … Continue reading

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In the genes: Simple Malaysian Beef Curry

It’s a primordial soup, here. ¬†The clouds and the rain have settled in, sandwiching the town between the smell of the forest and the salt tang of the sea. The Otway¬†Ranges are wet, temperate rainforest sliding down into the Southern … Continue reading

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Family table: grilled honey chicken with Thai green beans

When I was first pregnant with my son, we had invited guests to lunch. It may have been nearly a decade ago now, but for various reasons (other than my savant-like food memory) I remember what we served them: pan-fried … Continue reading

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Bright Moments: Stir Fried Chicken with Thai Basil and Red Chili

Transcribed from my notebook as I sat at the beach this evening: Sometimes, blissfully ecstatic experiences arise unexpectedly. It’s 40 degrees outside, or so they say and it sure feels like it. Our cheaply – built little house with it’s … Continue reading

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