Food Writing

This little pig…

Would you just look at this young lady I found today foraging in a paddock?

I’m wondering if her mum Celeste would mind if she comes home with me in a few weeks.

And if only my orchard looked this idyllic and bountiful!

An enormous amount of love has gone into this farm – you can see it, but you can also really feel it, and you will certainly be inspired by it. I can’t wait to share the story soon.


Selector Autumn Edition

It’s always a pleasure to head to Coonawarra to research an article, stock up on some wine and chat with a great bunch of locals.

There’s also some fabulous photo opportunities – here’s my shot of the Coonawarra siding, a true local icon. You’ll find it along with my words in the new Autumn edition of Selector.

Click here to read the article in my Portfolio.

Cover image by Sharyn Cairns.

Australian Country Style Coonawarra Chef

I’ve been contributing articles to Australian Country Style for almost a decade now, and just love this mag. The March 2012 edition featured my profile on former Coonawarra chef Tim Foster. Photographer John Laurie sent me these fabulous images as a keepsake.

Tim Foster

Tim recently left the divine Upstairs at Hollick to work in the Yarra Valley.

Hollick Wines at Coonawarra

Upstairs at Hollick

The recipes which accompanied the article were divine, and, most importantly, “do-able!”.  Styling by Simon Bajada.

Snapper, Creamy Mash & Salsa Verde

Pork with pan-roasted brussels sprouts

Orange cake with poached pears and ice-cream

Chef Guy Grossi comes to Zema Estate, Coonawarra

Italian chef Guy Grossi cooked up a storm at Coonawarra’s Zema Estate this week as part of Tasting Australia.
I MC’d the event – a fabulous opportunity.

Guy Grossi

My husband and I were invited to a feast of pasta, quail, venison, orchard fruit and some particularly spicy peppers at the Zema family home. Francesca Zema moved to Coonawarra with her family in the 1950s, and introduced many in the Limestone Coast to Italian hospitality and cuisine. She is a famous local cook – a humble woman, not used to written recipes, merely those she learnt from her mother and by cooking and tasting herself. Guy Grossi relates well; his latest book, Recipes from my Mother’s Kitchen, takes him straight back to his mother’s kitchen table.

Francesca Zema, Gretel Sneath, Guy Grossi

Guy is recognised as the country’s leading authority on Italian cuisine, and has three Melbourne restaurants along with Grossi Trattoria in Bangkok. In his exclusive “pop up” restaurant at Zema Estate, we feasted on ravioli filled with southern rock lobster, ribs, and pears with ricotta ice-cream…with Zema wine, of course!

Ravioli filled with southern rock lobster

Several days prior to this event, I was lucky to be a guest of Rymill Coonawarra at their Harvest Luncheon with Stephanie Alexander. Another wonderful feast, and Stephanie gave a fascinating insight into her career and life. The Rymills are direct descendants of Coonawarra founder, John Riddoch, and their fascinating story will feature in a couple of articles I have in the pipeline…

Photograph by Jo Fincham