belinda jeffery's news and events
1 october 2013
Phew, I don’t really quite know where to start this month! The best news is that I’ve just dotted the last ‘i’ and crossed the last ‘t’ on my latest manuscript, and I’m about to send it off, with a huge sigh of relief, to my publisher. I’ve loved writing and photographing it, but I must admit that despite working steadily for the last 18 months, like all my books I find there is an incredible amount of detail to be finalised at the pointy end of proceedings. For now, I’m just enjoying the feeling of having it done and dusted, as I know all too soon it will be winging its way back to me after my editor has gone through it with a fine tooth comb. In the meantime, I can no longer justify avoiding dealing with the piles of papers that have accumulated on nearly every horizontal surface in my office over these past few months. Aaagh!
October is an exciting month for me, which has started already with my being included in the latest very special 80th birthday issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly. Along with five of the women that I most admire in the world of cooking – Maggie Beer, Stephanie Alexander, Margaret Fulton, Kylie Kwong and Anna Gare – I was invited to take part in a discussion on where the future lies for our cuisine here in Aus. We all expressed concerns about sustainability, the environment, fast food, and how best to imbue children with a love of cooking in this pacey world we live in. Fortunately, the other side of the coin was that we agreed that home cooking will continue to be key to family life, and something that new generations will learn to cherish too. I must admit though, that I had to smile to myself when I saw the photograph of us all in the magazine, as the weather looks positively balmy, however nothing could have been further from the truth - we were shivering in our spring outfits and swaddled in blankets between shots!
Mid-month, along with a wonderful group of volunteers, I’ll be cooking up a storm at the Federal village hall in what has become a much-loved annual fund-raiser. (For those of you who have my Country Cookbook there are some lovely photographs and diary entries about the night in it.) The hall literally bulges at the seams for a special sit-down dinner and movie - in fact this time around it will be two Coen brothers movies. It’s a really special community event and an absolute hoot as well! If you’d like to find out more go to www.facebook.com/pages/Federal-Film-Society/325214947517889
As I mentioned last month, the following weekend I’m off to Sydney for the Food & Words Festival which is being held at The Mint on Saturday 19th October. I’m talking about what makes a great recipe, although I’m actually most looking forward to being part of the audience, as there are some really fascinating speakers including Peter Gilmore (executive chef of Quay restaurant) chatting about seeds, plants and cooking; and Paul Allam and David McGuiness from the Bourke Street Bakery telling the story of their Bread and Butter Project, which is a terrific social enterprise venture that invests in bakery training and creates employment opportunities for individuals and communities in need. I so love to hear about these things, as they give me hope for the future. For more information about the festival go to, www.facebook.com/foodandwords?ref=hl or www.foodandwords.com.au
And then it’s back home to finish a rather special cookbook that I’m involved with, which will help raise money for an orphanage in Kerala – but more of that a bit further down the track. Meanwhile, I hope you get the opportunity to try this month’s recipe – I can’t begin to tell you just how good it is!
To listen to my radio interview with ABC Brisbane’s Mary-Lou Stephens about my latest cookbook, Desserts click here...
My favourite charity
Just A Drop - www.justadrop.org
My lovely sister-in-law, Fiona Jeffery, started this international water aid charity in 1998 when she learnt that less than $2 can deliver clean water to a child for up to 10 years. From this knowledge, and her passion and commitment, Just a Drop was born, based on the premise that if people can be encouraged to give a little then collectively we can make a huge difference. I’m so proud of all she has achieved over the years and encourage you to visit the site and see the fantastic work they do.
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