Carrot Vodka. Yes really.

First there was carrot beer. Then came the carrot bread. This year we've launched carrot vodka. My friend Gen, who is also married to a vegetable farmer, had the idea to turn wonky carrots into vodka. Sensational idea. You can try it at the Scenic Rim Eat Local Week Winter Harvest Festival on Saturday July 1. It's also available to buy from the Flinders Peak Winery … [Read more...]

Moving focuses mind on what matters

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I’M writing this column from my home office crammed with boxes. Those boxes are bulging with the work and memories of the past 12 years of my life. We moved house on Saturday. There’s nothing like a big shift to focus your mind on the passing of time; on how quickly the years fly by; on how much life changes year to year. We arrived to this house the month prior to … [Read more...]

Sink your teeth into a food story

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FIFTEEN years ago I met a vegetable farmer from the Scenic Rim. He was one of the first full-time farmers I’d met. Prior to meeting him my only real exposure to farm life had been a school holiday visit to a Moree cotton farm with a school friend. I remember returning from Moree, to my cushy life on the Gold Coast, and exclaiming to my parents, ‘Who would be a farmer? … [Read more...]

In search of joy

Marie Kondo

I looked at the calendar and was horrified. It's already June. Shouty advertisements announcing the end of financial year sales are assaulting our eyes and our ears and the middle of year is nearly here. Where has the first half of 2016 gone? What have we achieved? What do we have to show for the time? Dear world, please stop, I want to get off. I don’t know about … [Read more...]

Craft, community and cake

Irish Skinner, Sue McFarlane and Olive Neuendorf

In the small Scenic Rim town of Kalbar old-fashioned crafts are being kept alive thanks to a group of women who meet every fortnight. The Kalbar Craft Group formed 33 years ago. The group is as much about friendship and community as it is about craft. I recently attended a Kalbar Craft Group meeting to speak with one of the original members, Olive Neuendorf and Kalbar … [Read more...]