Dried basil and dried tomato bread before folding

Naturally Leavened Bread Baking Class, Sunday 15th September

Naturally leavened bread baking class. Time: 9am -5pm Date: Sunday 15th September Cost: $95 ORTO Straw Eco Farm, Blampied (just outside of Daylesford). Overview Learn to make your own delicious sourdough bread loaf to take home. We will also make…

Natural Dyeing Workshop at Orto Farm, Sunday First of September

Natural Dyeing Workshop at Orto Farm, Sunday First of September

My dear friend Ilka White is an extremely talented handloom weaver and dyer of natural fibres. In the 1990’s I loved visiting her in a studio she shared with Nicola Cerini. I would ride my bike through the bustling city of…

Naturally leavened bread baking class for you

Naturally leavened bread baking class for you

Naturally Leavened Bread Baking for Beginners Class I really love baking bread and I really love teaching. Come and join me at my home in Blampied. 9:45am-5pm Sunday August 4th. Cost: $95pp. Max 6.  All tools and ingredients provided. Each…

Identity, village life and how to make lemon and lime marmalade

Identity, village life and how to make lemon and lime marmalade

I have hosted dozens of young travellers here at my farm over the past three years. With each I have been privileged to witness the identity search that comes with this age. The question that often arises from my young…

Preserving

Preserving

I have had a great summer. I must thank all my volunteer fairies for without them I would not be able to do all that I do. No way. There are so many tasks that take hours and hours to…

Summer Harvest

Summer Harvest

I really try and make the most of summer…it is the most productive time of the year on our property. A time to restock the larder and discover new foraging opportunities. During summer I think about water a lot. Every…

Human induced

Human induced

More and more people from all sides of politics are feeling anxious about the really serious science of Human Induced Climate Change. And more and more people are taking action. Could 2019 be the year when we see large scale…

Kitchen...garden

Kitchen…garden

In November after the November frost I planted about 70 tomatoe plants in Orto two…Ralf had said ‘wait another week after cup day because there is a frost coming’…’great and thank you’…so I waited. The tomato seeds I had sown…

Cheese

Cheese

At the Daylesford Sunday market I met Nardia, the cheese maker. It’s the first time I have met a local cheese maker. A small scale, hands on artisan cheese maker who supports her family by making cheese. Had I been…

Soap - Season Two

Soap – Season Two

I made soap again, this time with Maria. Maria from Veneto Italy. Maria who makes excellent gnocchi and really simple, delicious pasta dishes. Maria the fantastic pizzica/bio-dancer. Maria who corrected my Italian when I made mistakes. Maria who got a…