It’s been a tumultuous couple of months, both in my own everyday life and in broader, world terms. I’ve been low and then high and then low again. Anxiety and sadness came to stay for a while, and I learned a new way of coping with them until a new project brought positivity back and … Continue reading Taking Stock.
Today I’m welcoming the first ever guest writer to The Urban Nest. Erica Murdoch and I have been friends for aeons, first meeting when we lived in Hong Kong over 20 years ago. Erica is a born and bred daughter of Melbourne, and was the main welcoming party when Mr.B and I first rocked up … Continue reading Interview: Hana Assafiri speaks to Erica Murdoch
For more than a decade I’ve been dreaming of the Chickpea Bake from Melbourne’s humble restaurant treasure, Moroccan Soup Bar. If you are in Melbourne, go there for the earthy, inclusive and unpretentious experience, packed with happy diners and chatter, and taste, first hand, the unforgettable flavours and intoxicating aromas. This modest establishment has been my favourite Melbourne … Continue reading Cooking the Books – Moroccan Soup Bar: Recipes of a Spoken Menu by Hana Assafiri
I have absolutely loads of cook books, many, I’m embarrassed to admit, I have never used. I am so easily seduced by the mood in the book shop, drool-worthy images, mouth-watering descriptions and the tactile feel of quality paper stock. I’m carried away by the lifestyle images and not really thinking about weeknight rushed cooking in my cramped … Continue reading Cooking the Books.
Australia is in the middle of an egg shortage, especially free-range eggs, with Melbourne and Sydney worst hit. It’s a major news story at the moment. This is worth a listen to hear different points of view http://ab.co/1Pi6stz. As I understand it, there are three reasons for the shortage: Increase in egg consumption is up by … Continue reading Which Comes First, the Chicken or the Egg?
I first met the quirky and talented Lucy Ward way back in 1997, when Mr.B and I had just moved to Melbourne. Lucy’s husband, Fred, and Mr.B, both architects, worked at the same practice, and these two young, pre-kid couples would often hit the town together and be found having cosy dinners and chats in … Continue reading The Cute and Quirky Crochet Stylings of Lucy Ward.