Since my brother’s tragic and untimely death at the end of last year, grief has been my constant companion; at first ferociously overwhelming me, later following me around as I existed in a kind of emptiness, and more recently just giving me a light nudge every now and then, whilst real life welcomed me back. I … Continue reading Make-do and Mend.
Last week I had an Op-shop win, and bought this cute little cake tin for $2.35. What a bargain! So much more than a second-hand cake tin though; it was pure inspiration. It conjured up a vision of a lemony, rose-petally kind of creation, and I set about trying things out in the kitchen. I based the … Continue reading Inspiration Strikes! Flourless Lemon, Almond and Moroccan Mint Cake, and a Lesson in Moody Lighting.
I’ve always loved Op-shopping for all sorts of things, and currently it’s props for food photography, but second-hand clothes have been a passion since I was a teenager, and that’s quite a long time ago now. I think it’s partly the rush when your eye alights on that attention grabbing colour, texture or whatever, and your … Continue reading Fashion: The Op-Shop Edit
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