belinda jeffery's news and events
Over the past two months, I’ve been lamenting the fact that the cold weather hasn’t arrived - well, today I take all that back! Winter has come with a vengeance. There’s a bitterly cold sou’ westerly wind roaring up the valley and whistling around the house, and even though the sun is shining, the temperature has stayed hovering around the 16C mark. It’s lovely, but a bit of a shock after yesterday when we were swimming at the beach on what could only be called a diamond day! How does that work! Although I have to say that the cove where we swim is tucked away out of the wind, and the water is still surprisingly warm at this time of year.
For me the beach is at its best now. The seas are calm; the water, crystal-clear; and there are usually only a few hardy souls and their dogs tramping the sand. It really is my favourite time of year, especially as the dolphins come in close to shore, and we can almost guarantee we’ll see them. There are also whales - lots of whales! The best view of them is from the lighthouse as they come in quite close to the headland, and in the half hour or so we were there we must have seen at least 20 whales pass by. Some only give their presence away by a whoosh of spray as they spout; while others come in really close, rhythmically slapping their tail flukes on the water. It’s spellbinding, and so heart-warming to see these massive creatures and to know that this year there are more than ever making their annual trek north.
Aside from whale watching, I’ve been working hard on my next book. They take me a long time to write, and although the deadline isn’t until next year, I just know that if I don’t work steadily now there will be a mad scramble to the finishing line…And I really don’t want that! I think I mentioned last month that Rodney (Weidland) my lovely photographer was coming up for a week of shooting for the latest book we’re working on. Well, that has been and gone, but one special thing that happened while he was here is that an advance copy of our new book together, Belinda Jeffery – Utterly Delicious Simple Food arrived. It’s never happened before that we’ve both managed to see the first copy of a book we’ve done together at the same time, and it was really wonderful. I’m terrible when a new book arrives, I sit there for ages with it on my lap, too scared to open the envelope….whereas with Rodney here, he had it torn open before I could blink and we were leafing through it, pointing, laughing and reminiscing about the shots. It’s funny, but we can both remember taking every one of them, and the circumstances surrounding each photo. The day, the air, the light; it’s fascinating how it imprints on your brain. I’m very pleased to report that we’re both thrilled to bits with it, and can’t wait for it to go on sale. That’s not until the end of September, which, come to think of it, isn’t all that far away now.
It’s time for me to finish, but before I do, I want to say a very big thank you to all the Instagrammers out there who have made me feel so welcome on my new Instagram feed. I’ve found the whole experience to date to be incredibly rewarding. There are so many talented people linked into it, and I love seeing what you’re all doing. And it’s also been particularly lovely for me to have such a personal contact with many users and readers of my books - thank you all so much.
To see more of what I’m up to, you can follow me on Instagram.
Upcoming events and classes
In October (20th and 21st) I shall be giving cooking classes at the Accoutrement Cooking School in Sydney to celebrate the publication of my new book, Belinda Jeffery’s Utterly Delicious, Simple Food. If you would like to find out more about the classes, go to Accoutrement
I shall also be holding a hands-on class featuring recipes from my new book at one of my favourite cooking schools, the Pepper Tree Kitchen in Lismore, on Wednesday 8th October. For more information contact Helen Nott on (02) 6622 0180.
To listen to my radio interview with ABC Brisbane’s Mary-Lou Stephens about my latest cookbook, Desserts click here...
My favourite charity
Just A Drop - www.justadrop.org
My lovely sister-in-law, Fiona Jeffery, started this international water aid charity in 1998 when she learnt that less than $2 can deliver clean water to a child for up to 10 years. From this knowledge, and her passion and commitment, Just a Drop was born, based on the premise that if people can be encouraged to give a little then collectively we can make a huge difference. I’m so proud of all she has achieved over the years and encourage you to visit the site and see the fantastic work they do.
Favourite websites & blogs