What's It All About—
This blog began as a side project when we opened Nook Eatery in 2009. In September 2012 we sold Nook, and sadly it now no longer exists. We have a new blog (see A Good Place to Gather). As always we remain inspired by the ingredients we use and the food we cook. This site remains purely as an archive of our three years at Nook Eatery and the recipes I created.
It was so nice (see what I did there) to be asked to contribute a Ten Things feature for Issue 3 of NICE Magazine, a free online editorial brought out monthly by Niceworks. I had loads of fun creating my “inspiration board”, and even more so with the edible components. Cupcake header, nom nom nom. Thanks to Catherine Green aka Wolf Eyebrows for including me in this, and big hugs to missmoss through whom these awesome little opportunities always seem to present themselves.
- My Guy – Luke and I met 5 years ago in his final year at Uni. We have been boyfriend and girlfriend, travel buddies, business partners and, as of March this year, engaged.
- Cookbooks – Forget shoes, give me books filled with pages of inspirational recipes and stunning food photography. I love going through my books, and it is easy to know which recipes are my favourite. Those are the pages stuck together with a variety of ingredients.
- Baking – It was when I was 10 years old that I decided I would be a baker. Of course as I got older my mind drifted from photographic journalist to viticulturist, but I should have known baking would always find its way into my life. Even when I spent a year working as a PA in a British office I would bring in muffins or some form of baked goods for my colleagues. They almost demanded it.
- Nook Eatery – Our cosy little Nook, where the smell of homemade croissant pastries and freshly ground coffee fills the air every morning.
- Vintage – Our little shop is positioned next to the historic Skuinshuis in Ryneveld Street. Until recently this was the home to Nest, my favourite “bric and brac” shop. They have moved to Dorp Street now, but luckily just around the corner from where I live! A beautiful collection of antiques and quirky decor items, it is the perfect place to buy unique gifts, for a friend or simply for yourself.
- Boiled Eggy and Soldiers – Nothing beats a perfectly cooked eggy. Morning, noon or night.
- Farms – Mainly the Karoo, both Little and Great. My earliest memories of family holidays were of escaping the rain and heading for the desert. Crisp dry days and starry starry nights. Farm-style cooking also makes my heart skip a beat.
- Childhood Nostalgia – Zoo biscuits and everything about growing up in the 80s and 90s.
- Ice Cream - My lifelong favourite is Mint Choc Chip. I will consume the stuff come rain or shine! Making your own is fun too.
- Gardens – I live in a flat on the ground floor, which is nice. We have a courtyard covered with vines, which is also nice. But I want a garden. And by garden I mean Frances Hodgson Burne’s Secret Garden. The gardens of Versailles. The kind of garden that would inspire Claude Monet. That would be nice.