Last friday we visited The Stables of Como, also known as ‘the Stables’ in South Yarra, Melbourne. Entering via the beautiful heritage listed Como house grounds, the charming Stables sits out the back of the property. Greeted by the simple white exterior, the inside is a delight for the eyes with cakes, lemonade scones, savouries and an assortment of sweets beautifully displayed on a mint green counter top.
I’m such a believer in this line: “Food does not need to be fancy to be celebrated” and the Simple Provisions blog by Amelia Cook is a gorgeous demonstration of exactly that. As Amelia says, she started the blog to remind herself to prepare and eat food that made her happy.
In 2011 Amelia moved from Melbourne to New York City and was lucky enough to work for Martha Stewart. Amelia says on her blog that she found the craziness of New York City required a counter balance gained through exploring local markets, small producers and eating with the seasons.
Just before Christmas we took a quick peek into the People’s Market in Collingwood. The summertime market is open from Thursday – Sunday until April 2013. I might have to go back soon and get another Phat Brat and a Chinotto before this nice weather runs out.
I must confess, I find myself buying cookbooks and only looking at the photos, forgetting about the book and then realising some years later that i’d never cooked one single recipe. Even as a kid, I’d rarely actually read the book, I just lose myself in the pretty pictures.
I happily stumbled upon Remedy magazine when honeymooning in New York City in a cute little deli in Brooklyn. I stupidly didn’t buy a copy at the time (don’t ask me why) but I thoroughly kicked myself once I got home. I needed to get my hands on a copy to have another look, so along with purchasing the latest issue, Remedy’s lovely editor Kelly Carámbula, was kind enough to throw in a couple of back issues for this post.