belinda jeffery's news and events
Do you sometimes get the sense that you’re going around in circles? I feel as though I have been doing just that this past month, and I really can’t pinpoint exactly why it is. I rather suspect that our steamy, stormy February has contributed to me feeling this way - not that I mind this weather, I actually rather like it, but the constant rain and thunderstorms, and being wet all the time, can get a bit wearing. However, I don’t really feel that I can put the way I’ve been paddling furiously the past few weeks with work and life in general (and not really getting anywhere fast), completely down to the weather! More’s the pity. I have to confess that it’s far more likely due to the fact that I can be a terrible procrastinator at times, and never more so than when I have a deadline fast approaching!
I have been working on another cookbook these past 9 months which is due into my publisher soon, and I find myself having to use what that famous author, Bryce Courtney, called ‘bum glue’! Meaning the discipline to remain at my desk, bum firmly attached to chair, writing! And believe me, I can find myriad Suddenly Very Urgent Things To Do instead of this. However, it’s when I find myself cleaning out my wardrobe, or that infamous third drawer down in the kitchen, that I realise I’m in trouble! So, with his words firmly fixed in my mind, I have been disciplining myself to stay put and write until I’ve achieved a certain amount each day. I wish I could report that it’s working, but as I have only recently embarked on this, I can’t truthfully say that yet…but watch this space next month!
Other than that, I have been working on recipes for my baking class at the Agrarian Kitchen www.theagrariankitchen.com in Tasmania. I can’t begin to tell you just how much I’m looking forward to being there. Over the past 5 years, I’ve read and heard so much about this beautiful, sustainable farm and cooking school that I have to pinch myself to believe that I’m actually going to be teaching there soon! Do have a peek at their website – it’s so inspiring to see what Rodney Dunn and his wife Séverine Demanet have created in this beautiful part of Tasmania. (By the way, Rodney has written a really wonderful cookbook, The Agrarian Kitchen, which I can’t recommend highly enough. He cooks the food I love – simple, seasonal, and quietly perfect.)
There is one final thing I would like to mention - Meat Free Week is on again from the 23rd to the 29th of this month. It’s a cause I feel passionate about, and I really encourage you to visit their website at www.meatfreeweek.com to find out more. I think the way they have approached this topic is fantastic, for they’re not trying to convert everyone to being vegetarian by any means; however they do encourage us all to think about how much meat we eat, where our meat comes from and the impact eating too much meat has on our health, the environment and animals. And if you’re concerned about just what recipes to cook for your meat free week, please don’t be; the website has a raft of fantastic recipes contributed by many, many well-known cooks and chefs from all around the world.
And that’s it from me. I hope you have a peaceful and productive March.
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Upcoming events and news
I have firmed up another cooking class for this year, and it will be at the Accoutrement Cooking School in Sydney on Tuesday 14th July at 6.30pm. I would love to think that I see you there. If you would like to find out more about the class, you can do so at www.accoutrement.com.au
I’m really chuffed to be teaching at the wonderful Agrarian Kitchen cooking school in Tasmania in March 2015. At this stage, the class has sold out, but they do have a waiting list. This brilliant cooking school has a holistic paddock-to-plate philosophy that informs everything they do. Their website is fascinating and I highly recommend a visit to see what they do...I rather suspect that, like me, you will be hooked once you read it! www.theagrariankitchen.com
I was recently on Channel 7’s The Morning Show, making Asparagus and Goat’s Cheese Tarts …if you’re interested in watching the segment, follow this link… http://au.tv.yahoo.com/video/watch/25322696/springtime-asparagus-tarts/
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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