My friend Michael, AKA Birdman, is a quiz whizz, as in preparing the questions. He puts in a lot of effort to research and write them himself, they are broad and tricky, and he holds his own as a great MC at the South Lismore Bowling Club Trivia nights. The Bowlo is friendly as most Bowlo’s are, with food available and some great wines by the glass or bottle. It is a fun night out and you don’t need to bring a whole table, just come along yourself and lob onto someone else’s team! – that’s what it’s all about – a bit of fun with others, a chance to earn some cash, a brain stretch and a laugh.
NORPA’s 2015 Season Launch is on Friday Feb 6, from 6pm. This is a free event. Come and hear about the fab season this year, and enjoy dinner afterwards at the Popup Diner. All tickets on sale after the presentation – get in quick to Subscribe to 3 shows or more and receive a discount on your ticket price. Then stick the tickets on your fridge, mark the dates in your phone – easy!
17 Jan 2015
Rooster and Beef Curries: Sam Hall Images 2015
Sunday afternoon is perfect for people, food and a beautiful farm. Greg and Alison Cromwell opened their farm gate in early January and invited friends to a glass of their ‘Top Shed’ label home brew beers followed with a lunch prepared by Graeme and Jen Stockdale (Stockpot Catering). I first met Graeme when he was the Head Chef at Lilianas, Possum Creek – a hidden hinterland gem now sadly closed. Jen has joined him in the catering, bringing her talented Pastry Chef (and all things baking) skills to the party. Guests shared in rooster and Dexter farm Beef curries, alongside Stockdale’s pickled cucumbers and shredded carrot and coconut sides and then Jen produced her legendary Coconut Panacotta with mango, lychee and shredded mint leaves. It rained. A lot. But it didn’t matter we stood, we got wet, we sat under the marquee, we explored the farm and visited the 2 day old litter of baby Berkshire piggies. Sign up at Cromwell Farms for 2015 Food Events.
Waiting: Sam Hall Images 2015
Cromwells Farm Lunch: Sam Hall Image 2015
My little sprig of jasmine bloomed yesterday. The first whiff jsut sends me back to all my past spring/summers. It is somehwat apparent that the jasmine bloom is earlier and earlier in the year…..I recall it truly was a late spring/summer occurance before..and here we are in August. Or maybe that’s just the north coast. Are the bees awake from their winter hiatus and ready to lap up the sweet nectar? I hope so. Got to protect the bees. We need them.
Without them we don’t eat most of our vegetables and our fruit. But I digress!
COME TO Lismore Handmade Market on Sept 6 for the Spring market.
If the community doesn’t support Art and Food events in the CBD such as these we simply won’t have them. A lot of love and effort goes into creating events such as these for our community. Be part of this fab evening in the Back Alley Gallery and sample some of Clayton Donovan’s delicious cooking plus conversation with Digby Moran – an Art and Food conversation. Canapes and champagne on arrival. More info
Yes, long time no hear from this blog. I have been busy being employed and recently worked at the North Coast National, AKA Lismore Show. My first time at the Show. It’s an aboriginal meeting place, the Showgrounds site. It’s a little rundown in places but retains the ‘old school elements of Pavilions showing the likes of “Champion Of Show – Best Pikelets”, and my favourite, “Champion Of Show – Honey Frame” from a bee hive. Of course we can thank the Bees for that design and construction, such masters that they are. Go girls, we all love ‘ya honey.
We had a variety of local Chefs cooking up a storm on our Demo Stage, in the Food Hall pavilion. BIG Thanks to them for their time and effort and delicious samples and inspiring ideas. Simon Pagotto (Trattoria Pagotto, Keen St next to the Gollan Hotel – go there) got away with a mighty f*#k at one point, while wearing his headset microphone. Graeme Stockland from Lillians Cafe (Possum Creek – go there too) effortlessly made two dishes at once, chucking some stuff in a blender and a couple of fry pans, barely taking a breath, and then serving up a twist on the Summer BBQ. The Gourmet Goons with moustaches are simply a delight to be around, priceless one might say, and their food is always tasty and great. They travel around the countryside and pop up at Festivals and markets. Check them out.
Spring has most certainly sprung in our neck of the woods. Jasmine, blue tongue lizards lolling in the sun, butterflies dancing and prancing. And it’s time to buy some daffs or other merchandise to support the Cancer Council and their efforts in the fight against cancer. I will be working one of the two Daffodil Day 2013 stalls at Lismore Shopping Square on FRIDAY 23rd AUGUST, from 9-1pm if you want to say hi to me :). Spread the word, tell your friends, buy a bunch of daffs for someone you love (or someone you would like to love!). See you there!
“Cancer Council is Australia’s peak cancer control organisation and invests approx. $50M a year into research into the causes of cancer, prevention and improved treatments. Nearly 125,000 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Australia this year, with that number set to rise to 150,000 by 2020. 1 in 2 Australian men and 1 in 3 Australian women will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 85.” www.daffodilday.com.au