Rachael Ray — Discover

The official website of culinary TV personality and author Rachael Ray — home to over 5,000 recipes.

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David Griffen — Discover

David Griffen, a UK-based food photographer, shares shots of gorgeously plated dishes from his travels and culinary adventures.

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Dry fly fishing the Snowy Mountains — fish thinkers

Warm afternoons, insects hatching and brown trout looking to the surface for a feed – A couple of weekends ago my old man and I had a great weekend fly fishing the Snowy Mountains region. After mid-week snow and rain the creeks were running well and the trout eager for well-presented dry flies. Below are […]

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Sticks in the Smoke 32: Upper and Lower Grosvenor Gardens, Belgravia

STICKS IN THE SMOKE (a sketchbook in London)

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Like two wedges of Camembert pointing at each other across the cheese board, these two gardens are laid, with a whiff of France, at the edge of Belgravia. They sit within a long ‘X’ of mid- nineteenth Century Parisian style houses, tall and stately, with white stone arches 032aand pillared porches, and ornamental ironwork balconies. Built in the mid 1860s, these palatial terraces were designed by Thomas Cundy II to celebrate Gallic design and culture, echoing the newly opened French Renaissance- style Victoria Station. In fact there were 3 generations of Thomas Cundys (or would that be Cundies?), all of them surveyors to the Grosvenor Estates, spanning most of the 19th century. Between them they created the grand squares and terraces of Belgravia. This area was instantly fashionable, but I’m imagining the 3 Thomases collectively spinning in their graves at the thought that the houses they built are now some of the most expensive in the…

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Week 28: birdsong

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birdsong-collage-stitiching Listening to Birdsong (detail) ~ screen print & stitching on indigo dyed banana paper

It’s Spring and the birds are waking me up earlier and earlier each morning with their birdsong. As I listen I give thanks for where I live; this suburban setting abounds with birdlife in the paperbark forest behind and a park filled with gum trees next door.

When we lived in the Victorian high country, birdsong was a constant refrain, an orchestra of melodious sounds which woke the plants from their sleep and called us into the garden.

This week I’ve been writing my exegesis, an 8,000 word document about this project. The chapters have been divided into the process of making paper of which I’ve written in detail in this blog. Chop, Beat, Form, Pause and Birdsong. This latter chapter was a last minute addition, not technically about making the paper. Yet it was the surprise sound at…

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