About me

A few weeks ago The Husband and I were enjoying our annual get-together with an old school friend of mine and her husband.  Julie, the friend in question, is a high-energy, get-up- and-go kind of girl who has been urging me to take my interest/passion in all aspects of food to the next level for quite some time now.  I have clung to the excuse of literary ineptitude, but her suggestion of writing it as a conversation seems reasonable enough for me to have a shot at a blog.

I haven’t been hiding under a rock, so I am aware that food is very fashionable now.  However, unlike an apparently large proportion of the rest of the world, I have been fascinated by food for many years, an interest perhaps stimulated by coming from a home of truly appalling cooks.  Both my mother and her mother were very ordinary cooks indeed and I suspect that my own curiosity and delight in food began as a matter of survival! My love of books and reading nestles very happily next to this interest in food, resulting in bookshelves groaning with recipe books and works on food history, rituals and culture and a Graduate Certificate in Gastronomy from Le Cordon Bleu!

I live in Australia just out of a small town only 1/2 hour from the state capital on a modest landholding where we grow Black Angus cattle and teenagers, surrounded by rolling hills covered in vineyards, orchards and olive groves.
As for the name of this blog?  The inspiration came from looking past the computer screen and out of my window at the rampant Lambs Ears which have been flowering extravagantly, attracting the ardent attentions of zillions of diligent bees.

January, 2010.


24 responses to “About me

  1. Hey Ho.. you have made my day! I am so thrilled that you managed to get out of the kitchen and get this going it is wonderful and dare I say it I even considered (for a brief moment) printing off a recipe! A thought long since forgotten…I will forward the link to my friends all of whom are extremely jealous of my capacity to get other people to take responsibility for my terrible cooking and rescue my family from the same! Oh How I look forward to eating at your place soon…..I’ll bring the chocolate!

  2. Congratulations. It is great and good to see you used WordPress – wish I had, but knew absolutely nothing when I started.

    It will be a wonderful addition to food blogs – congratulations.

  3. I’m so pleased you decided to share yourself with the world.
    Have I told you my daughter’s husband is from Tunisia so the Middle-Eastern recipes are especially interesting to me?

  4. Hi there,
    I have found you from a link mickeydownunder. I look forward to following your journey 🙂

  5. Hi and well done- I found you via Zaar – love the title of your blog, just love it. I started my blog as my New Year resolution, please visit if you have time – Kate

  6. I’d like more pictures of your creations, if you have them.

  7. Thanks for the encouragement, folks! I’m glad that you like things so far.
    I will try to get some more photo’s on as I go, but I am on a steep learning curve, here!!

  8. David Inverarity

    Well done , you vastly understate your literary skills, it’s entertainly well written. Next time I visit I’ll read some recipes as well.

  9. I love this – makes me feel closer to home too, being an Aussie living overseas.

    I I found you from Mickey too – so yet another zaarite to visit this blog. Its great!

  10. I think this is a wonderful sight, I have loved visiting and being entertained by your descriptions of such mouth watering recipes!

  11. Hi Amanda, I’ve had a great time looking at your site!! Good work!!

  12. Amanda….YUM!
    Youre right. Chocolate DOES solve things!!

  13. so many new friends so little time to tell them about our wonderful part of the world a recipe for sauvignon blanc edible not drinkable please!

  14. Hey Mandy. I am very impressed with your musings, recipes and blog. Excellent. By the way our grandma made really great pancakes when we were good!!!! Tell the cupcake princess I am interested in a taste test.

  15. stop it right now mandy how can i fit into any clothes if you keep doing this too me!

  16. Hello Mandy
    very good blog indeed and I can’t wait to try some of the recipes in my new kitchen when it is ready to go.

  17. Hi Mandy, Wonderful blog! I look forward to reading it regularly 🙂 Those cupcakes look wonderful…regards Kiwidutch.

  18. Amanda, love your blog and recipes. You set a standard for us to aim for.

  19. Hi Amanda

    I just found your blog through the 101 cookbooks stackism group. Your writing is wonderful – far from inept! I laughed when I read of your mother’s cooking skills – my mother was a very ordinary cook so I understand. Looking forward to hearing more about life in the Adelaide Hills (I’m in Sydney).

  20. Moira McInerney

    Great work Mandy, and I am happy to spread the word here in NZ. Cousin Joy is right though, Nana made great potatoe pancakes……….if only I could find the recipe.

  21. Hi Mandy
    How wonderful to see you sharing such a great gift with the world. I love your work! I agree with the comments about your mum, I think our mum’s must have gone to the ‘There’s more to life than cooking’ school. Your blog now heads my favourites page.

  22. Hi there,

    Welcome to the blogosphere. Not sure if I’ve met you. I finished the Gastronomy MA last year and have had ‘The Foodologist’ for about 4 years now.

    Hope you enjoyed tasting Australia!



    • Hello George,
      Congrats on achieving your Masters – must be a great feeling of accomplishment!
      I enrolled in the programme and finished the first 2 Certificates online in 2008. I went to a couple of the Orientation week functions – I may have met you then – otherwise we probably haven’t met.
      I deferred last year and, of course, now the pin has been pulled on the course!
      I have only recently begun the blog and am enjoying it immensely, although struggling with the technology a little! For example, I have spent an hour this morning trying to work out how to set up an email address attached to the blog, but have now given up!
      I enjoy reading your blog and am most impressed with the last minute burger rescue – what pressure!!

  23. Hi Amanda

    As the mother of 4 sons, I’ve been simultaneously impressed and horrified by the power of the mighty “ale” on the male species and I know this is not just an Australian phenomenon!
    Beer is held in such high esteem by my sons and their friends, that they (easily) convinced our youngest boy to choose Arnold as his saint’s name for Confirmation. Saint Arnold of Soissons of course being the patron saint of beer and brewers!
    Love the recipes – I’m a recipe-a-holic and your writing is great.



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