I think it’s safe to declare Spring is finally here. Oh YAY! Winter has dragged on, and I’m fed up with the cold weather. I’m so ready for warmer days and lighter, fresher eating. A while ago we had a surprisingly delicious Italian style cabbage salad as a side dish at this cute little Italian … Continue reading Spring at Last: Fresh and Crunchy Cabbage Salad.
Oh the irony! I’ve been trying to get this recipe for a truly delicious and nutritious winter salad up on the blog since I made it ages ago, and finally manage it on the first day of Spring. I’m sorry. Busyness is my excuse. That’s not much of an excuse really is it? Anyway, I … Continue reading I Give You My Winter Salad On the First Day of Spring!
When I started The Urban Nest, nearly four years ago, I had just come out of an exciting but brutal 25 years in the fashion industry. Not knowing where it would lead, I was happy to go along for the ride. At first I’d thought my blog would mainly be about craft, but that went out the window … Continue reading The Penny Drops, Lightroom Magic, and a special offer.
I have this wonderful friend who recently hosted an incredible event at her amazing hobby farm home. She has been battling a rare and brutal form of cancer for the last year, and the moment she’s had the first clear scan she’s immediately thought of giving back. That is the sort of person she … Continue reading Mini Rosewater Pavlovas for The Biggest Morning Tea.
Rhubarb is one of those things I love to eat, but never cook myself. I’ve always thought of rhubarb as the domain of the ladies of the Women’s Institute, and my granny – seriously good, slightly old-fashioned cooks. Admittedly, I thought it a bit scary, and maybe complicated. I have no idea why. Going about … Continue reading Ravishing Rhubarb and Almond Cake with Star Anise Syrup.
It was 1979, Birmingham, UK. A young band called Madness, on their first tour – the One Step Beyond tour. My first ever gig. Exhilaration, raw energy, a night I’ll always remember. Fast forward 38 years. 2017, Melbourne, Australia. A band of a certain age, still going strong. Madness on their latest Can’t Touch us Now tour. Exhilaration, raw … Continue reading Roast Veggie Lasagne: Could this be the Secret to Eternal Life?