belinda jeffery's news and events
I’m afraid this is going to be a rather short catch-up, as I’m in the throes of working on a new website and everything is in a state of flux at the moment. It’s all rather exciting, but right now my eyes feel as though they have become quite square from constantly staring at a computer screen. Still, it will be wonderful to have things up and running, and I’m thrilled that I shall be able to sell my books directly from the site, which is something I’ve long wanted to do. However I won’t jump ahead of myself, as I still have much to learn, and no doubt there will be some glitches along the way that will need ironing out!
It’s certainly a busy start to spring, and I’m feeling a little like Alice in Wonderland as I’m about to tumble down the rabbit hole for a week-long shoot with my dear friend and photographer, Rodney Weidland. The house is already in pre-shoot chaos with props piled on every spare surface, trestles up and waiting to be shot on, cakes in the oven, and the kettle never off the boil to keep us fuelled with cups of tea. They are wonderful times, but demanding too and there is always a feeling of both sadness and relief when we are done.
Enough of all that! It’s time to head you off in the direction of this month’s recipe, which is a particular favourite of mine. When we picked up sticks and moved to our home on the north coast of NSW, the last thing I expected to find thriving in our humid climate were citrus trees. Yet they absolutely love it here and despite our awful clay soil, and at times monsoonal rainfall, our citrus trees have flourished. We have lime, lemon, orange and mandarin trees, and now much to my joy, our two blood oranges have had their first ever proper crop of fruit.
I love the way that the fruit looks quite plain on the outside, however cut open reveals its startling crimson and tangerine-coloured flesh with its wonderful, rich orange flavour. The brilliantly coloured juice would have to be the best breakfast eye-opener I know, however more often than not when I only have a few fruit, I use them in this month’s featured recipe - a beautiful smoked salmon, fennel, and blood orange salad, which stretches just a handful of blood oranges into a stunning salad for four. I hope you enjoy it.
P.S. I have just confirmed some NEW EVENTS for later in the year. If you are interested in attending, details are below.
P.S. FREE WORLDWIDE DELIVERY OF MY BOOKS!
Hooray!! The Book Depository is now stocking all my books and is offering free worldwide delivery. To buy them go to www.bookdepository.com/search?searchTerm=belinda%20jeffery&search=Find+book
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Upcoming Cooking Classes, Events & News
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September
They’ve been under wraps for a long while, but I’m thrilled to announce that I shall be teaching two baking classes at Tamsin Carvan’s beautiful farm cooking school, Tamsin’s Table. I’m so happy and excited about these classes. On Saturday we shall be baking cakes, and Sunday is an exclusive pastry class. Please do come and join us for one (or both!) days. For more information go to www.tamsinstable.com.au
23rd & 24th September
I'm pinching myself that I'm returning again to the wonderful Agrarian Kitchen Cooking School in Tasmania to teach two more baking classes on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th of September. (At this stage the classes are full however there is a waiting list in case of cancellations). This beautiful school is one of my all-time favourite places to teach, and their holistic paddock-to-plate philosophy resonates strongly with me. Their website is really lovely and I highly recommend a visit...I rather suspect that, like me, you will be hooked once you read it! www.theagrariankitchen.com
As I do just once a year, I shall be teaching at the renowned Accoutrement Cooking School in Sydney on Tuesday 18th October @ 6.30pm, to coincide with the release of my latest cookbook on Salads. For booking enquiries, go to the Cooking School page at www.accoutrement.com.au
25th, 26th, 27th October
Hooray! I’m coming back up to Brisbane to teach 3 more baking classes with the super-talented Jocelyn Hancock at her lovely bakery, Cake & Bake. We loved cooking together earlier in the year, and decided that we should do some classes with Christmas in mind. Please join us for a glass or two of champagne, lots of baking tips, and of course, plenty of delicious cakes and pastries to try! If you would like to make a booking, contact Cake & Bake on (07) 3844 1088
4th & 5th November
To celebrate the launch of my new book, The Salad Book, I shall be teaching two classes at the very lovely Sauce Kitchen in Toowoomba www.thesaucekitchen.com.au. I have never taught here before, and I’m greatly looking forward to visiting and teaching in this wonderful-looking shop and cooking school. For bookings, go to their website.
Friday 25th November
To celebrate the launch of my new book, The Salad Book, I am doing a cooking demonstration and book signing at the place where it all started, our beautiful Mullumbimby Farmers Market. Timing is to be confirmed but I shall do a few dishes through the morning, and would love to see you there.
I think there's nothing nicer than both giving and receiving handmade gifts for Christmas. There is just something so special about knowing that someone has put all that TLC into making you something, so I thought it would be a lovely time of year to do a class on simple but gorgeous edible gifts. For bookings and enquiries, please contact the Pepper Tree Kitchen at www.peppertreekitchen.com.au and click on the link to their classes. You can also phone Helen on 02 6622 0180.
Wednesday 7th December, 10.00am – 11.00am
I’m very much looking forward to a morning tea and book signing at the lovely Pepper Tree Kitchen at Lismore. If you would like to come along, contact Helen or Cecily at The Pepper Tree Kitchen on (02) 6622 0180.
If you would like to watch me making Asparagus and Goat’s Cheese Tarts on The Morning Show, 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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