28 Aug 2014


A profuse of wattle blooms, the story of a gum tree, sand pit adventures, afternoon light, homegrown lemons, sunshine in a cake... something about those golden hues that enliven the tired-of-wintering (and not-quite-well-feeling) self. 

It's true - the last few weeks have passed in a haze... packing eggs, planting trees, learning to build farm fences, sickness, preserving seasonal produce, making new friendships and rekindling old ones, keeping up with a toddler, planning our own business - we fall into bed early, heavy-lidded. 

We three are transitioning to a new life in the countryside - and it is an exhausting, wonderful daunting thing...

Very lemony yoghurt "sponge" cake
(a satisfying tea cake with just enough tartness - and gluten free of course)

100g softened butter
3/4 cups cane sugar
pinch sea salt
2 large, pastured free range eggs
1 cup unsweetened greek yoghurt
zest and juice of two lemons

1 1/2 cups gluten free flour (I blend rice/tapioca/arrowroot flours)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Using beaters cream butter and eggs until light. Beat in eggs one a time. Beat in yoghurt and lemon juice and zest. In a separate bowl whisk flours and baking powder together - gently fold into wet mixture until just combined (it will look a bit lumpy). Pour into paper lined 20cm square or round tin and bake in a moderate oven (180'c) for 35 minutes or until lightly golden and an inserted skewer comes out clean. Cool in tin and cut into squares. Eat plain with a warm cup of tea or with a generous dollop of fresh cream...


  1. Good to get an update - so nicely textured and colourful too. Hope you start feeling your best soon!

  2. That cake looks delicious. And you sound so busy - I look forward to glimpsing elements of your new life. We're exhausted here too, I'll be having a cup of tea and heading to bed early. I think it's an August thing.

  3. That tree.

    I hope you're feeling healthier and less overwhelmed. What you and Alex are setting out to do is brave, difficult, noble. I am so excited for you.

  4. LOVE the wattle! WOW! My all time favourite Australian flower!!! :)

  5. Gorgeous photos as always, especially the 2 rows of little pink 'peas on a tod' (-dler) xx


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