Lambs Ears and Honey is a food/travel blog where I, Amanda McInerney, demonstrate that I know how to eat, where to eat and how to find the best local food and drink wherever I happen 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.
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?!
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.