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?
This warming dinner is something I cook if we are all a bit weary at the end of a busy day. Not too much to think about or plan. No endless watching or stirring of pans. A cheerful meal when we are out of sorts. Healthy, delicious, gluten free and vegetarian. Anna Jones, you are … Continue reading Lentils and Beets with Salsa Verde: A recipe by Anna Jones
It’s been a bit over a year now since we started on our family gluten free, vegaquarian, 5:2 fasting diet food odyssey. I first wrote about it here if you’d like to find out the whys and wherefores. So far so good. Actually, really good. Miss E’s gluten free diet is continuing to keep her … Continue reading Is your Finger on the Pulse? Lentils, and how they’ve inspired dinner time.