Last year around this time I bought a diary. The cover promised 2015 would be my year. I feel hard for that idea. Determined that 2015 would see success, motivation and inspiration. That I would be filled with ambition and the year would deliver amazing things. Such a lot of pressure on the infant shoulders of a brand new year. I wasn’t the only one. Many of my Facebook friends declared similar expectations. That 2015 would be the year of abundant success. Read more
It’s a whole new month and a whole new challenge. The past few months of my life have been taken over by a school craft stall. When a huge project consumes your life SO many things are left undone. The project wraps up and you are left with the fall out of all that has been ignored. That’s exactly where I am at.
Time to step back, see what needs to be done and get stuck in. (But I don’t think I can face cleaning my sewing/craft room just yet).
This month I am going to focus on getting it sorted.
The big things and the little things. I need to re-group and re-organise my life. Maybe you’d like to join me?
Food has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember.
Some of my earliest memories are of baking with my mum. My family always grew some of our own fruit and vegetables, or had chickens be it for eggs or meat.
On Christmas holidays we would drive from the Atherton Tablelands to Brisbane and stay with my Grandparents. My Grandfather was a mad horticulturist – fruit, vegetables, flowers, he grew it all in abundance. I would sit in the peach or nectarine tree and just gorge myself. Even now, with his ill health he still instructs my Grandmother on what needs to be planted and done in the garden at their retirement village.
These days I also love growing my own herbs and vegetables and am hoping to expand into some fruit trees this summer.
I love reading and watching chefs and cooks who focus on the importance of good produce, Stephanie Alexander and Maggie Beer are my all time favorites. And then there is Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall of River Cottage fame, and of course the adorable Jamie Oliver, and the charming Valentine Warner.
Something I am always complemented on is my salads. So as a way to share my passion with you, our lovely readers, I have put together a small collection of some of my salad recipes – Sarah’s Salads. These are the ones people constantly ask me the recipes for. I’m big on pimping salads and taking them to the next level. So each recipe has an optional “pimp it” section as well.
These recipes are not original, they are all influenced from others I have tried. I do hope that you enjoy them.