belinda jeffery's news and events
Those of you who visit my site regularly will probably notice the Instagram links that have appeared on some of the pages these past few weeks. I must admit that it’s taken me time (rather a lot of time actually!) but at last I’ve bitten the bullet and dipped a toe in the water of social media, and I would have to say that despite some initial trepidation on my part, I’m really enjoying it. I’m definitely still on trainer wheels, but I’m already loving the contact with people whom I might not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise.
I was discussing this at the farmers market this morning with a friend who also started Instagram at similar time to me. We both work in rather solitary occupations and we were saying how lovely it is to have this new ‘community’ in our day. She is a cheesemaker, and already she has had help from, and given help to, other cheesemakers. In fact, she runs fantastic cheese-making workshops. (If you’re interested in reading more about these, go to https://www.facebook.com/CheeseMakingClasses.) I must admit, the only downside that I can see is that I could spend an awful lot of time looking at so many beautiful photographs, which is not quite what I need to be doing when I’m meant to be writing my new book!
Apart from this foray into social media, the month has been a steady plod of cooking, writing, and getting ready for the first round of photography for my book. It’s always a busy, slightly nerve-wracking time as we (Rodney Weidland, my lovely photographer and I) try to get the right ‘look’ for the book. It takes a bit of trial and error, but eventually we get there - well, to date we have, however I must admit my fingers and toes are always firmly crossed!
So it’s been a quiet month, but a good month. The only slightly unsettling thing has been that our run of balmy weather has continued, and there still isn’t a hint of winter in the air. Beautiful as it is, it’s not quite right either, and we shall be glad when a cold snap finally arrives. In fact, I was just thinking to myself that I’ve obviously chosen this month’s recipe for little chocolate puddings in the hope that those chilly winter’s nights will soon arrive as they make absolutely perfect comfort food.
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.
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