I’m feeling grateful for all that has happened the past 12 months since moving back to Melbourne… the projects, exhibitions, workshops and opportunities this year brought my way have been wonderful. It’s good to be back, and I’m feeling excited about what 2017 has in store.
Before I take a little hiatus from online blogging and news sharing, I wanted to share something I’ll be working on this summer… a special event to welcome the new year that is part dinner, part performance and part installation.
The working title is Spice Trails & Trade Routes…
Imagine an ancient map as your dinner table, with plates being served, or rather, travelling across this map to tell a story from the perspective of spices… maybe there will be cinnamon, saffron, nutmeg, star anise, cloves, pepper, chilli, cardamon or other aromatic herbs… Following Silk Road, the Way of the Sea, the Ridge Route and other important trade routes between Asia, Europe and Africa that have shaped the way we eat today.
Each stop on the map will deliver a special course featuring a herb or spice, and so as guests take this journey across the dinner table, stories of spice merchants and traders unfold at each stop and with each course.
Stay tuned for more news on this project…
For now, enjoy your end of year break. And may 2017 bring you all your hearts’ desires.
It’s been 3 years since I released my short film the Growing Food Project (2013), and as this year is coming to a close, I’m feeling quite reflective thinking about how things have changed in the last few years… and how many more local food projects have sprung up around Melbourne since this little film was made.
This 15-minute film documents Melbourne’s local food movement and community food initiatives, where people come together to build local, fair and sustainable food systems. I feel honoured that most of the people featured in the film & others who have worked behind the scenes are good friends of mine. To learn more about the film check out this blog post from the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).
The film had a great run screening nationally & internationally. And I’m really humbled by the feedback I received and the number of emails telling me that since watching this little film, some people felt inspired to start a garden in their homes or their neighbourhoods.
It makes my heart smile knowing that the art I create resonates.
The film has been offline for a bit, while screening at international film festivals. But the time has come to share it with you again… So click here to watch it.
In loving memory of my dear friend & teacher, Glenda M Lindsay Jan 23 1954 – Jan 15 2017.
Earlier this month, myself & friends from around Moreland got together to celebrate six years of food activism, community gardening, local food projects and other amazing achievements by our group the Moreland Food Gardens Network (MFGN).
As a co-founder of MFGN, it makes me so proud to see how this group has become an important asset for our community. The network provides an opportunity for people in Moreland to come together on a regular basis, to share information and collaborate in a variety of ways to improve access to seasonal produce and growing food in & around the area.
Recently MFGN was involved in the Urban Agriculture Forum hosted by Sustain & Melbourne University’s Burnley Campus to discuss Urban Agriculture in Melbourne, its achievements, lessons, enablers and opportunities.
Inspired by my grandmother’s kitchen, this two-hour workshop will take you on a sensory journey into Palestinian cuisine.
During the workshop we will focus on:
– an introduction to herbal medicine, from selected herbs and spices used in Palestine and the Levant
– cook a delicious 2 course vegetarian lunch & discuss nutritional benefits of seasonal produce
– learn about herbal infusions for good sleep, digestion & immunity
Participants will go home with:
– a jar of their personally crafted herbal infusion
– recipes of the meal shared on the day
– a deeper understanding & curiosity for delicious foods from Palestine
Workshop limited to 12 spaces. So, bookearly to avoid disappointment!
Vegetarian lunch included – please contact me asap if you have any allergies (vegan options also available on request).
Cost: $65 , to book click here.
When: 10am – 12pm, Saturday 12th November 2016
Where: CERES Community Kitchen, cnr Roberts & Stewart St Brunswick East VIC 3057
If you have any questions, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll be hosting another delicious workshop at the Flower & Garden Market on Sunday 9 October at Barkly Square in Brunswick. You’re invited to balance and renew your energy with medicinal herbs from your home garden or pantry, and learn about the benefits of seasonal produce.
As we enter the warmer months, support your body & mind into healthier rhythm and vitality, away from the sluggishness of winter. The Spring Rhythm workshop will include an introduction to selected medicinal herbs commonly found in a home garden & pantry, along with a herbal infusion tasting. And we will discuss some benefits of selected seasonal produce & have a tasting of a yummy Spring Cleansing juice.
This 45-minute workshop will run twice during the day, at 11am & 12.30pm. Spaces are limited, so arrive early to book your spot in advance.
For more information visit Barkly Square’s website at this link.Also at the market, Ben Taylor CERES horticulturalist will be hosting gardening workshops & the Glasshaus’ pop-up nursery will be open. There will be opportunities to learn about potting and caring for plants with propagation masterclasses, kids gardening, pot painting and terrarium workshops from the colourful creative team at Home-Work. You’re also encouraged to bring your heirloom seeds & seedlings to swap with your neighbours.
Sounds like a pretty great day to me! See you at Barkly Square on Sunday 9th October (located at 90 – 106 Sydney Rd, Brunswick).
Last Thursday, I spend the afternoon styling for a personal photoshoot with my talented friend Marleena Forward. We had a great time shooting these lovely colours and an even better time when two year old Sonny joined us!
Here are some of the ‘behind the scenes’ photographs from the day… Thank you Marleena & Sonny for a fabulous afternoon.