Monday, May 20, 2013
You know one of the things that makes me laugh the most about this whole online world thing? The fact that I can take photos of my breakfast while still in my pajamas, robe (dressing gown) and ugg-boots and no one is none the wiser! Ha. I'm sure if my neighbours ever happened to look over our fence they would think I was crazy, heck they probably already do think I'm crazy from all the fighting they hear my kids doing out in the backyard... but to see some lady standing on a chair hunched over a wooden board taking photos at 7am while still in her jimmy-jams, well that would make for one strange sight!
To make up for my complete early-morning madness yesterday, after breakfast the kids and I did what any sane person would do when the sun is shining and went for a bike ride to the park. See, totally sane and normal eh? I feel like I've not seen the sun this past month as I've been head down - tail up finishing off the book, so it was really so lovely to get out of the house and get a little vitamin D into my system.
On the way to the park, we checked in on a couple of olive trees down the road that we're lining up to raid when they're ready. We watched them all drop to the ground and waste last year so have decided that if the same is going to happen again this year, we'd better just go and ask the owners if we can help ourselves. I hate seeing perfectly good food go to waste!
Monday, May 13, 2013
This list has been piling up over the past few months and I thought before it gets to a full page long I should really share it with you all! I hope all you mums down here in the Southern Hemisphere had a beautiful mothers day yesterday. I had a great day with the kids, topped off with dinner at my mother-in-laws (always a good thing!). And a very happy Mothers Day to those of you up the top of the world celebrating yours today!
So, I've got a winner from Jude's Wholefood Baking cookbook giveaway last week.... I picked a winner using Random.org and the winner is... Justine who left the comment "I have loved Jude's recipes for years now! I'd love a copy of her new book, with a house full of health nuts to try the recipes on." Email me your details Justine -emma(at)mydarlinglemonthyme(dot)com- and I'll pop the book straight in the post for you. Congrats and thanks to all of you who entered. xx
Thursday, May 9, 2013
If you're into real, honest, wholefood then I suspect the person I am about to talk about today will come of no surprise to you at all, especially if you are from or happen to live in Australia. Jude Blereau has been one of the leading voices in wholefoods throughout Australia and the world for over 18 years, she's a natural foods chef, author of four books, food coach, cooking teacher and real food activist. Basically she's one of my food hero's! I first got in touch with Jude hoping to meet-up a few years ago when we first arrived in Perth from NZ (she's a long-time Perth local you see). Even through our emails I could tell straight away what a kind and caring soul she was. Due to the busyness of life for both her and I, two years down the track we still hadn't met up in person! Emails went backwards and forwards again recently as we made plans to finally catch up once our lives both settled down in a few months time and then Jude had a brilliant idea, inviting me to her new book launch right here in Perth!
This was a first for me going to a book launch, but I'm guessing something I should really get used to as it will be me holding them very soon myself (!). Thankfully Si was home that weekend so I could frock up and head out for a lovely afternoon tea, minus the rug-rats. Jude was everything I knew she would be, warm, bubbly, positive and encouraging. I hope she doesn't mind me saying this, and I mean this only as a compliment, but in person she reminds me of my mum. Jude, just like my own mother chose to go against the grain and carve out a healthy life for herself and her daughter in a time when most people were flipping out about buying ready-made meals and nuking them in microwave. It takes a certain strength to do such things (I know first hand, trust me!) and I admire her greatly for the choices she has made and the knowledge she is so willing to share with us all.
Labels:baking,buckwheat,cake,gluten-free,Jude Blereau,rhubarb,spring,sugar-free,sweets | 69 comments
Thursday, May 2, 2013
I can't remember when it was that I first discovered Tara and her inspiring blog Seven Spoons it was that long ago (she's just celebrated 8 years of blogging, far out!). But I have a feeling it was right around the time that I started this space and the visual person that I am was hooked from that very first visit. If I had to pick just one photographer who has inspired me the most over the past three years, it would be Tara. The simplicity of her shots is deceiving, her eye for detail amazing, her recipes are beautiful and her writing, pure and honest. When my grandfather passed late last year, it was Tara's post in which she talked about the loss of her beloved grandmother that I instantly looked up and re-read over again. Reading that post the first time through I felt much love and sorrow, but when I read over it the second time I found so much comfort in her words that it brought me to tears.
Thank you so much Tara for taking the time to share a little more about yourself with us today, it's an honour to have you here.
Much love xx~Emm
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
When Nicola Galloway from Homegrown kitchen emailed the other day with an offer of a guest post there was no way I could refuse, especially when I saw what the recipe was for! She's a published author herself and knows exactly how hard it is to do everything on your own with kids in tow, so her offer was perfectly timed and very sweet. I think she's said everything that I would have said, so instead of going on I'll just hand you over to Nicola.. thanks so much love! xx
I am thrilled to be sharing this recipe on my favourite blog My Darling Lemon Thyme. It was actually coming across Emma’s food blogging 101 post by accident last August that prompted me to start blogging as a more personalised version of cooking for my family. Emma’s warmth and sincerity, and of course her beautiful photos and recipes, instantly drew me to follow her blog. In fact, My Darling Lemon Thyme was the first blog I ever read. That may sound bizarre to some of the long-time bloggers reading this, but blogging is a relatively new thing to many New Zealanders. I have learned a lot over the last 8 months, and extend a big thanks to Emma for setting me up with a solid foundation to share my passion using the wonderfully interactive platform that is a blog.
As you may of noticed Emma and I share the same last name but we are not related (not that we have worked out anyway), however, we do share many common interests, wholesome and tasty food being the obvious. We are both born and breed in the beautiful country that is New Zealand, and are trained chefs with an interest in nutrition. Plus we have a pigeon pair of children (boy and girl siblings), though mine are a little younger, who shape the way we eat and live our lives. I look forward one day to meeting Emma in person, I am sure we will have a lot to talk about. And I eagerly await the launch of her book early next year.
Labels:autumn,cashew nut,dairy-free,dessert,figs,gluten-free,Homegrown Kitchen,raw,sweets,Tart,vegan | 17 comments
Monday, April 29, 2013
First things first, the biggest thank you to everyone who emailed after my last post asking for recipe testers!! I was expecting a handful of my regular readers to put their hand up, but was not expecting so many of my silent followers to come out of the woodwork's too! I was so humbled by your emails and enthusiasm and somewhat overwhelmed at the task of choosing who I would use and what recipes I'd sent out to whom. As you've probably guessed by my longest ever absence on here, I'm still snowed under and most days am feeling like I'm treading water just to stay afloat, so I'll be keeping this post super short and sweet and don't be at all surprised if you only hear from me a few times over the next month (I have a great guest post lined up for in a few days time though, so stay tuned!). I'm really looking forward to getting back into regular posting once my manuscript is handed in...
The kids and I picked up a 10kg box of cheap sauce tomatoes at the markets on Saturday (you know cause I really need to give myself more work and all!?). I'm a sucker for cheap tomatoes and have had to rely on them this year as our own tomato plants got smashed to pieces in crazy winds months ago. The kids and I spent a few hours preparing enough pasta/pizza sauce to last us well into the winter months yesterday, but that still only used up about 2/3 of our market score. So knowing my freezer is now completely full my mind turned next to a few jars of chutney to liven things up when the rain finally comes. This ones super simple, but does use a few lovely spices to give it some grunt. I've used black sesame seeds here cause I've had a bag in my pantry for way too long and they were screaming out to be used, but regular hulled or unhulled white ones would be fine too. You can find fenugreek at your local Indian grocers.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Sorry no recipe today, I'm scrambling (as usual) to get a ton of stuff done before the school holidays start in a few days. I have just a teeny tiny question to ask... I was wondering if any of you might like to try out one or two of my recipes from my book in advance, so I can make sure the wording all makes sense and the recipes work for people other than myself? You will get a huge thank you from me and a shout out in the book too. I finished taking the last recipe photos today (still another few more random shots to take) and only have a little over a month until the whole shebang needs to be handed in (ekk!!!).
All the recipes are vegetarian and gluten-free with many of them vegan and/or dairy-free. There's also a bunch of cane sugar-free ones in there too, if that's your thing.
Please email me at emma(at)mydarlinglemonthyme(dot)com if you are interested and let me know the following:
- are you vegan?
- are you allergic to anything?
- what country are you from (so I can give you recipes suited to you current season).
- which of these do you own or can borrow easily: a blender. a food processor. a juicer?
- are all of the gluten-free flours I use on this blog available where you live? If not, which ones are?
I would need your feedback within 10-14 days of you receiving the recipe/s.
Many thanks in advance my lovelies! xx ~emm
p.s I've turned comments off for this post just to make it easier for me to keep track of things in the one place. Email me if you're keen!
A little update: I'm been completely overwhelmed by the response I've had to this request, receiving more than 5 times as many recipe testers as I actually needed! For now I have the testers I need and will be sending out recipes early next week. I wish I could send one out to everyone who offered, but the cool thing is early next year you will be able to see all my recipes when my book comes out :-) Thank so much everyone xx
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