About me

 

Lambs Ears and Honey is a blog that knows how to eat, where to eat and how to find the best local food and drink wherever she happens to be in the world.  From Varenna (Italy) to Vancouver and San Francisco to South Australia, I shine a light on some of the best local produce and producers – finding culinary treasures in whichever corner of the world I am traveling.  In between trips I still write for Tiger Tales and Fairfax Press, write food book reviews for online bookseller Boomerang Books, conduct blogging workshops and seminars, am co-founder of Food Bloggers Australia, appear regularly on Australia’s regional ABC radio talking food and travel South Australia meeting the remarkable food producers of my home state and telling their, often inspiring, stories.

April, 2013.

PREVIOUSLY ….

It has been pointed out to me that two and a half years is far too long to have left updating this page so here I am, at last, to fill you in on what an extraordinary difference this blog has made to my life!

Far from it’s early days as a vague conversation about whatever food-related topics were on my mind, Lambs’ Ears and Honey quickly developed a specific focus upon local food production, local producers and food security in general.  Writing this blog has led me places I couldn’t have imagined and has given me the opportunity to meet an astonishing array of the most remarkably talented and passionate people around.

I’ve been the guest of local, regional, national and international food and wine producing groups and organisations.   I’ve enjoyed conversations – some of which have grown into friendships – with an enormous amount of incredibly committed, skilled artisans and producers and have tried in some way to be a voice and advocate for them, while sharing their message to my readers.

I have been published in various publications including Tiger Tales, the inflight magazine for Tiger Airlines, Smart Farmer, the Fairfax Press, written recipes and content for national food producing organisations, food/recipe book reviews which are published both here on my blog and on an online book store and am now the regular Australian contributor to The Rambling Epicure, a Swiss-based, international food chronicle.

A few weeks ago I was approached to co-organise Eat Drink Blog 2012, the third national Australian Food Bloggers Conference here in Adelaide.  Seeing this as a perfect opportunity to show-case my much loved South Australian food producers and their products to the rest of the country, this is not a chance which I was prepared to let slip by.   We have taken this exciting challenge on and Australian bloggers can very shortly expect to see a conference program which will set a new benchmark in food blogging events in Australia.

So, new hobby, new skills, new opportunities – what a lot of change in two and a half years.  Where on earth will this lead me next?!

Amanda
July, 2012

 

PREVIOUSLY ….

A few weeks ago The Husband and I were enjoying our annual get-together with an old school friend of mine and her husband.  Julie, the friend in question, is a high-energy, get-up- and-go kind of girl who has been urging me to take my interest/passion in all aspects of food to the next level for quite some time now.  I have clung to the excuse of literary ineptitude, but her suggestion of writing it as a conversation seems reasonable enough for me to have a shot at a blog.

I haven’t been hiding under a rock, so I am aware that food is very fashionable now.  However, unlike an apparently large proportion of the rest of the world, I have been fascinated by food for many years, an interest perhaps stimulated by coming from a home of truly appalling cooks.  Both my mother and her mother were very ordinary cooks indeed and I suspect that my own curiosity and delight in food began as a matter of survival! My love of books and reading nestles very happily next to this interest in food, resulting in bookshelves groaning with recipe books and works on food history, rituals and culture and a Graduate Certificate in Gastronomy from Le Cordon Bleu!

I live in Australia just out of a small town only 1/2 hour from the state capital on a modest landholding where we grow Black Angus cattle and teenagers, surrounded by rolling hills covered in vineyards, orchards and olive groves.
As for the name of this blog?  The inspiration came from looking past the computer screen and out of my window at the rampant Lambs Ears which have been flowering extravagantly, attracting the ardent attentions of zillions of diligent bees.

Amanda
January, 2010.

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie (the original!) February 3, 2010 at 9:21 am

Hey Ho.. you have made my day! I am so thrilled that you managed to get out of the kitchen and get this going it is wonderful and dare I say it I even considered (for a brief moment) printing off a recipe! A thought long since forgotten…I will forward the link to my friends all of whom are extremely jealous of my capacity to get other people to take responsibility for my terrible cooking and rescue my family from the same! Oh How I look forward to eating at your place soon…..I’ll bring the chocolate!

Thermomixer February 4, 2010 at 8:03 am

Congratulations. It is great and good to see you used Wordpress – wish I had, but knew absolutely nothing when I started.

It will be a wonderful addition to food blogs – congratulations.

Isabelle February 10, 2010 at 12:23 am

I’m so pleased you decided to share yourself with the world.
Have I told you my daughter’s husband is from Tunisia so the Middle-Eastern recipes are especially interesting to me?

Jenny (Jen T) February 10, 2010 at 7:36 am

Hi there,
I have found you from a link mickeydownunder. I look forward to following your journey :)
Jenny

Kate February 11, 2010 at 1:56 am

Hi and well done- I found you via Zaar – love the title of your blog, just love it. I started my blog as my New Year resolution, please visit if you have time – Kate

Isabelle February 11, 2010 at 4:31 am

I’d like more pictures of your creations, if you have them.

lambsearsandhoney February 11, 2010 at 4:36 am

Thanks for the encouragement, folks! I’m glad that you like things so far.
I will try to get some more photo’s on as I go, but I am on a steep learning curve, here!!

David Inverarity February 20, 2010 at 3:28 am

Well done , you vastly understate your literary skills, it’s entertainly well written. Next time I visit I’ll read some recipes as well.

Joy February 22, 2010 at 5:02 pm

I love this – makes me feel closer to home too, being an Aussie living overseas.

I I found you from Mickey too – so yet another zaarite to visit this blog. Its great!

Jane February 23, 2010 at 12:34 am

I think this is a wonderful sight, I have loved visiting and being entertained by your descriptions of such mouth watering recipes!

Trudy February 24, 2010 at 2:02 am

Hi Amanda, I’ve had a great time looking at your site!! Good work!!

Monique March 1, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Amanda….YUM!
Youre right. Chocolate DOES solve things!!
M
x

margie March 8, 2010 at 9:10 am

so many new friends so little time to tell them about our wonderful part of the world a recipe for sauvignon blanc edible not drinkable please!

Joy Hailes March 14, 2010 at 11:20 am

Hey Mandy. I am very impressed with your musings, recipes and blog. Excellent. By the way our grandma made really great pancakes when we were good!!!! Tell the cupcake princess I am interested in a taste test.

margie March 20, 2010 at 8:12 am

stop it right now mandy how can i fit into any clothes if you keep doing this too me!

Johanna March 26, 2010 at 6:48 am

Hello Mandy
very good blog indeed and I can’t wait to try some of the recipes in my new kitchen when it is ready to go.
Johanna

kiwidutch March 29, 2010 at 6:12 am

Hi Mandy, Wonderful blog! I look forward to reading it regularly :) Those cupcakes look wonderful…regards Kiwidutch.

elizabeth April 3, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Amanda, love your blog and recipes. You set a standard for us to aim for.

Melissa April 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Hi Amanda

I just found your blog through the 101 cookbooks stackism group. Your writing is wonderful – far from inept! I laughed when I read of your mother’s cooking skills – my mother was a very ordinary cook so I understand. Looking forward to hearing more about life in the Adelaide Hills (I’m in Sydney).
Regards
Melissa

Moira McInerney April 24, 2010 at 9:46 am

Great work Mandy, and I am happy to spread the word here in NZ. Cousin Joy is right though, Nana made great potatoe pancakes……….if only I could find the recipe.

Gaye Buckingham May 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Hi Mandy
How wonderful to see you sharing such a great gift with the world. I love your work! I agree with the comments about your mum, I think our mum’s must have gone to the ‘There’s more to life than cooking’ school. Your blog now heads my favourites page.

Doc-G May 17, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Hi there,

Welcome to the blogosphere. Not sure if I’ve met you. I finished the Gastronomy MA last year and have had ‘The Foodologist’ for about 4 years now.

Hope you enjoyed tasting Australia!

Regards,

Doc-G

lambsearsandhoney May 18, 2010 at 10:58 am

Hello George,
Congrats on achieving your Masters – must be a great feeling of accomplishment!
I enrolled in the programme and finished the first 2 Certificates online in 2008. I went to a couple of the Orientation week functions – I may have met you then – otherwise we probably haven’t met.
I deferred last year and, of course, now the pin has been pulled on the course!
I have only recently begun the blog and am enjoying it immensely, although struggling with the technology a little! For example, I have spent an hour this morning trying to work out how to set up an email address attached to the blog, but have now given up!
I enjoy reading your blog and am most impressed with the last minute burger rescue – what pressure!!

Mary-Anne May 26, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Hi Amanda

As the mother of 4 sons, I’ve been simultaneously impressed and horrified by the power of the mighty “ale” on the male species and I know this is not just an Australian phenomenon!
Beer is held in such high esteem by my sons and their friends, that they (easily) convinced our youngest boy to choose Arnold as his saint’s name for Confirmation. Saint Arnold of Soissons of course being the patron saint of beer and brewers!
Love the recipes – I’m a recipe-a-holic and your writing is great.

Regards

Mary-Anne

Doc-G June 23, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Great new look. The whole thesis thing is looking good. Bit more involved than other themes though!

admin June 23, 2010 at 9:55 pm

Sure is, George. I’ve been on a very steep learning curve!

Michelle July 19, 2010 at 6:14 am

Congratulations Amanda, a great blog!
Angus cattle, surrounded by vineyards and olive groves, almost teenage children, shelves of cookbooks, a love of food ( and our thermomixes) sounds like someone I know :-) The only thing missing is the Gastronomy degree and the closest I came was meeting Barbara Santich’s cousin in my cookbook shop. Oh well, looks like I will benefit from your experience here .
You write beautifully , looking forward to more. Must go and find some Duck Confit. Michelle

Anna Johnston August 5, 2010 at 8:18 am

Great to read your journey, love your writing style….., now I’m off to find these recipes you speak of…..
Cheers
Anna

GregC August 30, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Hi Mandy you know who it is and this response is at the end of a comprehensive trawl through your site. I must admit I am the troglodyte of tecnology despite having grown up with it and blogging may be beyond me. BUT the thought of missing your further erudite and entertaining references should inspire me to keep trying.
Cant figure out how to do this but there are plenty of people here in Beechworth who I am sure would be excited with your contribution to enriching food.

Mandy - The Complete Cook Book October 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Hi Amanda

Thanks for stopping by my blog, which led me to yours. I am thrilled you are blogging about your culinary journey and I look forward to sharing in it with you as I have subscribed to receive your post updates, and your recipes sound fabulous too!

:-) Mandy

Rita November 14, 2010 at 12:53 am

Hi Amanda!
I found your blog through Mandy’s The Complete Cook Book (see above… :P ). I just want to pay you my compliments for this site is really beautiful, clear and professional. Great job!
And you’re so lucky to be surrounded by such a beautiful landscape!

Ayden @ Himalayan Salt October 18, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Hi Amanda, not sure which way I ended up on your blog to be honest, but I’ve enjoyed the stay nonetheless. Thanks!

Johanna March 15, 2012 at 10:20 am

Hi Amanda,
It’s nice to meet fellow Aussie bloggers, I found your from Diana Jacob’s blog. You caught my interest because 1. You are Aussie and 2. You run Black Angus cattle – I’m from North Queensland and we have a cattle properties in the West. I love you blog and your writing! Let me know if Dianne ever comes to Oz, would love to do a workshop with her! Cheers, Johanna.

Glenda July 28, 2012 at 1:35 am

Amanda
I was just checking out your blog and I noticed your ‘Eat Your Books’ link. I love it. How did you do it? Glenda

Amanda July 28, 2012 at 7:18 am

Glenda – contact Eat Your Books – I’m sure they’ll be very happy to help you out.

Debra H July 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm

Luv the Eat Your Books.

Wendy Applebee August 20, 2012 at 11:31 am

hi Amanda, just read your comment on Not Quite Nigella about the silky smooth hummus and i also have a TM. however i did make this hummus in the TM and it was amazing, different colour, different texture, worth a try just because…

Gluten Free Julia January 22, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Hi Amanda,
Finally discovered your great blog! Less than a year ago, I also started my own blog http://www.glutenfreejulia.com/ (after being diagnosed with coeliac disease), as a fun and informative way to cope with my new diet. I am sorry I missed the 2012 Eat Drink Blog conference but would love to attend this year. Do you know when it is on? It would be lovely to meet you!
Thank you!

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