Intern Wanted

Intern Wanted.

Must love eating food and meeting new people. Adventurous spirit necessary and a willingness to say “yes” to random opportunities is a must.

Day trip driving is desirable and an ability to see through new fads to the heart of lovingly made food and good hospitably.

Payment is in crackers, bacon and the occasional cook book.

Email for more on this golden (latte) opportunity.

———————————————————————————————-My weekend started strongly with my attendance at a rooftop party to launch Pinkster Gin.

I don’t really “do” alcohol on my website but an opportunity to visit Madame Brussels and my love for a moderate tipple of gin drove me to it.

Saturday morning then sees me brunching with my two boys in the Yarra Valley at the awesome Old Butcher Shop Cafe. The lovely proprietor Natasha comments to me “You must be busy running a food blog and having three kids” and I nod sagely and politely stop myself from revealing the hilarious truth.

Which is this, I am too busy to look after three children and run a food blog, run my own small business and hold down a part-time job. Which is why I haven’t been writing much lately.

But boy, how I miss it.

I miss writing every day and I miss cooking creative meals in my kitchen. I also really miss having the energy to head out on new adventures to check out great cafes and restaurants, attend markets and write my own recipes. Because I really, really love all that stuff.

It is my little dream to do it more often.

But for now, life beckons elsewhere, often.

So if you have hung in there for my journey, sporadic posting and all, I say thank you.

And if you are insane enough to want to join in, then send me an email. Because I need someone to who is equally in love with the whole process, who can head out on my behalf.

Until then, sporadically yours, Dani.


The Epicurean Deli Bendigo

The Epicurean Deli Bendigo

The final day of the holidays saw me wondering around down town Bendigo in search of coffee and brunch. Bendigo dining has changed a lot over the 17 years that I have been visiting it, but it has always been good, full of hidden treasures and treats and welcoming hospitality.

Back when I first started visit Bendigo many years ago,  a visit to Bath Lane always allowed a reliably good breakfast or lunch and The Green Olive was our number one cafe to visit. The queues and busy tables meant we often had to wander past, but I always looked in longingly as the most amazing array of salads, cakes and dishes.  Eventually the cafe passed into “new hands” still as popular as ever.

The original owners then moved to a new location that was slightly less dripping in charm, but the food and service was still wonderful. Fast forward nine or so years and I find myself again at the gorgeous Epicurean Deli Cafe.

We had meant to head to the very popular Cortile Cafe, but it was so busy and full that it was bursting onto the footpath and our table was stolen away from us just as we went to sit down. “Sorry, I need half this table for these people” said a very young and attractive waitress just as we laid claim to our spot.

We walked on a little and tried the next bustling cafe in what appears to be the new hottest part of town with it’s obvious qualifications of exposed brick and timber and a black clad, cool-looking and slightly aloof staff.

Eye contact is brief and never fully engaged. A quick flit of a glance, then back to the biznezz. Coffee is life I am sure.

Alas, they do not serve food and so when we eventually arrive once more on the doorstep of the Epicurean. We are relieved to be greeted with a friendly welcome and a comfortable table. The counter is full of excellent food and the menu reads like a dream. No one is rushing and we are not bustled, rather people quietly sip their coffee in two’s and three’s and enjoy their food laced with conversation. Ahh, Bendigo hospitality at its best.

Our brunch is amazing and perfect and I am told that the new owner has an Italian chef who is responsible for this delicious food. I could easily enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner here with their amazing and well priced range of salads, cotoletta and assorted dishes.

We order three cheese omelette and nutella pancakes along with a perfectly and perfectly unpretentious coffee.

Visit for excellent, classic food made me love and care and with flavours that really deliver thanks to a reliance on great ingredients.

Be sure to take home something great to eat from the delicatessen when you are ready to leave. I am sure you will be tempted just like I was.

Happy Eating.

Dani xx


79 Mitchell St, Bendigo VIC 3550
Monday Closed
Tuesday 8am–5pm
Wednesday 8am–5pm
Thursday 8am–5pm
Friday 8am–5pm
Saturday 8am–3pm
Sunday Closed
Phone: (03) 5443 2699

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Dani B is a food and wellness writer from Melbourne. She posts recipes, reviews, events and more. You can follow along on Facebook or Instagram to learn more. 


It’s a bit personal

My Dad died on my birthday 8 years ago. It was heartbreaking and wretched and for a long time I felt like the earth had given way beneath me and nothing was as it was supposed to be any more.

I didn’t mind that he died on my birthday. Some people said maybe he waited for such an occasion and others insisted it was just a coincidence but either way it didn’t really matter to me because I was just glad that the suffering was over for him. The fact that he died on my birthday will forever be special for me because if you are going to rip the centre out of someones life then it doesn’t really matter when you do it does it?

A number of my friends were very helpful to me through the difficult time proceeding his death. I still couldn’t begin to articulate who and how but suffice to say, we definitely rely on our connection with each other to get through this life. Some people gave me words and some gave me lasagna, other people gave me time and all of it helped in its own way.

Afterward I also spent a lot of time writing, first a book and then some poetry and I guess in some ways this blog came out of that time too.

I don’t miss my Dad as much today as I did 8 years ago and that is a good thing because my sadness was too much to carry for too long. But still, I occasionally have a moment where I think of him and it hurts all over again. This week I was listening to a podcast on “The Hidden Life of Trees” by Peter Wohlleben and I desperately felt the need to talk to my Dad about the wonderful idea that trees can talk to each other and they talk to us too.

Oh, how he would have been thrilled by that idea and I think he would have innately known it to be true, just as I did when I first heard of it.

So I guess this means that tomorrow is my birthday. At 39 I am starting to become slightly less excited about the whole birthday caper than I once was. Add to this fact that it has been an unusual week at my house with sick children and interstate trips and lots of pressure. They say it takes a village to raise a child and this week I am very grateful for my village. My niece and nephew, my sisters, my Mum & stepfather and my kids all drawing together to pull of a miracle.


This time last year I was in Port Fairy on a blogging trip with thanks to Great Ocean Rd tourism. Well this year my blog has led to the wonderful opportunity to be involved with a great restaurant in Sydney. Macelleria is a great restaurant with locations in Bondi and Newtown. “The Butcher who cooks for you.”

Macelleria combines the beautiful concept of restaurant quality Cape Grim beef cooked fresh for you at your table and accompanied by a healthy and socially conscious selection of side dishes. My kind of food. Take a look at their website and their social media pages because I am sure that you are going to love what they are doing as much as I do.

So yes, life is a many splendored thing with highlights and low lights and everything in between.

Today I played two square with my 5 year old and drank tea with my 12 year old and was just grateful for these moments.

Tomorrow I’ll be a little bit older and looking forward to what might come next.

Dani xx

Almond cherry cake recipe. Easy to bake at home.

Almond cherry cake recipe

I love to have a cake ready fresh out of the oven for my kids when they come home from school in the afternoon. In reality, this does not happen that often Almond and sour cherry cakebecause I work and have a whole host of other things that take up my time besides baking cakes. But I guess that is part of the charm when it does happen.

This cake really seemed to hit the spot this week and I am not surprised because it is based on the recipe for one of my favourite sweet treats, the Friand.

I first tasted a raspberry friand when I was pregnant with my first child and a lovely friend brought a tray of them around to my house for morning tea.

I remember the sweet, intoxicating days of the first pregnancy well, when I did not have other children to look after. Who knew that my life was about to change so dramatically- certainly not me.

Anyway, we ate cakes and talked and it was wonderful to have a friend who was so excited for me and my growing bump.

I have been addicted to the buttery goodness of friands ever since.

Part of the other appeal of this recipe is that it does not have much gluten in it, and my next challenge will be to remove the gluten all together by perhaps using a coconut flour and some raising agent in place of the half cup of SR flour. Fingers crossed I can get it to work.

Earlier in the week I bought myself a jar of Morello Cherries as an impulse purchase from the supermarket. Anyone else love looking through the “European foods” section of the supermarket to find unusual products? Well these cherries were my discovery and while they are too sour to eat on their own, they were perfect in this sweet, buttery cake.

You can really substitute nearly any fruit in to this recipe. Peaches, plums, pears, cooked apple, frozen berries, almost anything you could think of. So it can be a great recipe to have in your repertoire.

I found this recipe in a cook book somewhere when I was younger and I did the nineties version of “pinning it.” I wrote it down on a piece of paper and popped it in a folder.

So thank you to wherever it came from!

Almond and sour cherry cake

Financier Cake Recipe
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Serves: 6-8
  • 150 grams of butter
  • 6 egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 185 grams cups of almond meal
  • 240 g of sifted pure icing sugar
  • ½ cup of SR flour
  • 1 cup of drained (pitted) morello cherries or similar fruit
  1. Preheat oven to a moderately low temperature (160 celsius)
  2. Grease and line a deep 20cm round tin, I used my heart tin but it works better in a round tin.
  3. Place your egg whites in a bowl and whisk until combined
  4. Melt your butter in a small saucepan.
  5. Add the milk, vanilla, melted butter, icing sugar and self raising flour. Stir until it is just combined.
  6. Pour the mixture into a prepared tin and top with fruit.
  7. Bake for about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  8. If the top gets too brown during the baking process you might like to place a piece of foil on top to keep it from browning.
  9. Allow to cool slightly in the tin before turning it out onto a wire rack to cool.
  10. Dust with icing sugar and a few extra cherries and enjoy.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Dani xx

Almond cherry cake recipe

Dani B is a food blogger and writer from Melbourne. You might like to see some of her other deliciously sweet and sweetly traditional cake recipes. 

Welcome to Create the Happy


Welcome to Create the Happy.

I thought it would be good to take a moment to explain what Create the Happy is all about so that you can decide if you would like to follow along. So here goes.

What is it that makes you happy?

Do you know? Some of us have some kind of idea of one or two things that give us a fleeting sense of happiness, but what is it that makes you really happy long term?

Often somewhere along the way, we forget to think about this anymore or we may not take the time to realise that it is important to reassess what makes us happy based on our current circumstances.

Or maybe we give up, or forget, or become distracted or become neglectful of our own happiness in order to build up someone else’s.

All these things are normal and practical and part of life’s journey.

But they normally land us all in the same place eventually; wondering what happened to our happiness and questioning wether or not we can get it back.

Well I am here to tell you the good news- you definitely can.

There is a lot of research and there have been a lot of boffins, scientists, scholars,  academics, hippies, freaks, geeks, entrepreneurs and more who have researched it and the consensus is this; there are things you can do to create the happy in your own life.


But what are they I hear you mumble to your computer screen?

Well here is a little cheat sheet.

  • eat well
  • exercise
  • volunteer
  • have a spiritual life
  • connect with others
  • be optimistic
  • problem solve

The longer version is this…

For me happiness is about a sense of inner wellbeing. It is about purpose and hope and connection. It is about sometimes smiling and sometimes laughing and sometimes crying but always being present. It is about the ability to experience joy and peace and gift these good things to the people that surround you.


Contrary to popular opinion though, being happy is not about avoiding being sad. Nor is it about avoiding anger, grief, frustration anxiety or any of the other more daunting emotions. In fact people who seek after happiness by squishing down these other emotions will only end up with a preoccupation with pain.

All of our emotions are there to be expressed and experienced and most importantly they are signposts for us as to what is going on in our world, or what has gone on in our world in the past.

Create the Happy is about taking a little bit of time to explore ways to increase happiness in your own life.

In trying to create your happy you might find yourself getting a little lost, a little stuck, with some other emotion and that is Ok. When we set about to repress, block or avoid any emotion we set up an internal battle within ourselves that is powerful, consuming and painful. Importantly if any one emotion becomes too strong of overwhelming a simple solution is to seek out a professional to help you straighten it all out.

Life can be complicated, messy and hard but seeking solutions is empowering and powerful and getting help is often the perfect solution. It is important to remember that life is not too complicated messy or hard in fact it is just the amount that it is. Counteract with equal intensity and you will find yourself getting through it.

So being happy is not about avoiding unhappy, so what is it?

Create the Happy is all about creating the life you want, one step at a time.

I really believe that people have mastery over their own lives, and that everyone can make daily choices that bring joy, peace and wellbeing to their door.

Here at Create the Happy we encourage you to make small decisions daily that will provide you with a sense of happiness in your life. This includes chasing the way you respond to your circumstances, identifying what it is you want out of life and working hard to make those things happen.


Create the happy is not about what you do, but how you do it and it is not about the big things, rather it is about the small droplets that make up your happiness puddle.

So no matter what your life experience and no matter where you are at right now, chose to create your own happy today. Be the master of your own inner world. Build your own happiness lake by starting today with one drop.

So if you would like to follow along then head over to Facebook or sign up on the blog.

I try and post a Wednesday Wellbeing “Create the Happy” post and every now and then I run a little series.

Currently we are in the middle of the 31 days of gratitude challenge. Come join in .

I would love to hear from you so please join in. Sharing is caring and we all have different experiences and and perspectives to share with each other.

Thanks for reading along and I look forward to getting to know you.


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Day 13. If you are happy and you know it clap your hands.

If you are happy and you know it clap your hands.

What a funny little song. I am sure most of us used to sing this at some point in our lives. Children, or course, are always happy and are therefore more than willing to go along with such instructions.

clap. clap.

Unless they are crying and sad at which point they still might be willing to go along with it.

Adults on the other hand are much more analytical and prone to intense thought and comparison. Our lives are also dramatically more complicated thus leaving the consideration of whether or not we are happy, a far more complicated question.

What really makes me happy and what makes you happy? And what kind of happiness is it that we are after anyway?

The point of the gratitude challenge is to really bypass all of that and to just think mindfully and purposefully about three things in the day that we are thankful for. Full stop. No further analysis required.

So in the spirit of gratitude then, here are my three.

1. My health.

As a very nasty flu rages its way around my workplace, with people dropping like overheated, shivery flies I am thankful that currently I am feeling rather well. Winter in Melbourne never does great things for my health and in the many years that I have spent at home with little children, they have give me nearly every single one of their colds and coughs. But today, thankfully, is not that day.

2. Encouragement from a friend.

I was texting a friend yesterday and made mention of the fact that I was having a rather “complicated” day. She immediately offered to say a prayer for me which I found rather dazzling. The older I get, the more I am touched by the kindness and love shown me by other people. Something to do with having 99% of my brain dedicated to looking after other people and the other 1% dedicated to complaining. Kindness from a friend is such a breath of fresh air.

3. Doing Mum stuff with my boys.

I am still adjusting to my new work hours and as a result I have missed two important games of basket ball. When I say important, I mean it in a sentimental fashion because you will never witness a more hilarious and gorgeous sight than this little band of 5 year olds running wildly around the basketball court.

Well yesterday, I swung in at the last quarter and managed to catch some of the game. Then to top it all off I spent the evening dancing with my boys at the school disco. Very funny, very cute and a good dose of heart warming.

So, how has your week been?

To help you along I have created a free printable. We have been going for nearly two weeks now so there are bound tone days where you can’t think of anything new. So to help you out I have a list of prompts. Cool.

Gratitude prompts

If you like that, you might be keen on my free gratitude journal pdf.

Sign up to grab that baby

Dani xx


Join the 31 days of gratitude challenge now to be reminded of all that is good in your life. You will not regret it.

Dani B is a food and lifestyle blogger from Melbourne. She has three kids, a naughty puppy, too many jobs and hankering to live in an Agatha Christie novel. She writes about good food for the good life in Melbourne and beyond.





Todays post is bought to you by the busy Mum’s happiness creator “Marley Spoon.” Because we could all do with a little help in the kitchen now and then. Am I right?

The best accounts by Melbourne foodies on Instagram

Melbourne foodies on Instagram




Melbourne foodies on Instagram

Admit it, you love a pretty picture of a fairy floss topped brunch item as much as the next guy. There is just something so appealing about looking at pictures of delicious food, and although the research sometimes suggests these pictures are making us eat more and think less, we really just can’t help loving them. Am I right?

So I present to you, courtesy of the many hours I myself spend on Instagram, the best accounts by Melbourne foodies on Instagram. You’re welcome.

I have had the pleasure of meeting quite a few of these food eating super stars around town and some of them are now my friends.  These guys work hard, so feel free to visit their gorgeous feeds and show them a little love.

@Crumbs of a Foodie

You know I love a fellow Melbourne Mum and this one has the most spot on skills as a photographer and a food lover. Follow Crumbs for some of the most pristine food photographs and for regular updates on what’s new and what’s hot in the Melbourne dining scene.


This is one very popular Instagram feed where Robert and Jane eat their way around Melbourne.


Breakfast, lunch, diner and tones of foodie picks. Visit to keep up to date with what’s new, what’s trending and what’s delicious in Melbs.


Eating out and exploring restaurants in Melbourne.

@The World Loves Melbourne

David covers food, restaurants, events and a whole host of Melbourne happenings on his website and Instagram account.


Anyone else fancy eating dessert for dinner on occasion? Then you are going to love Amy from Inbetweendesserts. She doesn’t just eat sweet but she has been known to order an ice cream sandwich and an oreo cheesecake for dinner so make of that what you will.

@Penguin Eats

Penguin Eats has been chomping his way around the dining scene in Melbourne. Follow for great, honest reviews of popular Melbourne cafes and restaurants.

@Vibrant Vegetarian

Vikki the Vego has the most beautiful vegetarian Instagram feed in the biz. With an eye for colour and a sensibility straight from the eighties, the food on this page will make you smile every time. Plus the girls got talent and has released her own book, among other things.

@Lisa Eats World

Y’all know I have a love and passion for Victoria wide produce and sometimes our great country food regions get a little neglected on the old Instagram feed, but not with Lisa Eats World. Lisa travels and takes stunningly evocative photographs along the way. Follow Lisa and get dreaming about where your next foodie adventure.


Photographer, writer and one of the top Zomato bloggers Nicole is also one of the nicest folks in the biz.


Come hungry leave happy is the motto of this Melbourne food reviewer and there is  great variety of food shots on display.


Absolutely beautiful images of food from some of Melbourne’s best cafes and restaurants. Jane only recently started eating out at restaurants but she has quickly gathered an enthusiastic following as she shares her adventures. This girls got skills behind the camera.

Special mention


With a M.A. of Gastronomy, Jacqui is based in Adelaide but travels across all of Australian to dine at every single restaurant in the Gourmet Traveller Top 100 list. She is the go to girl for the best recommendations. She is also super talented and pretty funny.

Who is your favourite Melbourne Instagram foodie?

Do you run your own account? I’d love to see it.

Dani xx

Dani B is a food blogger and writer at  You can follow along on her enthusiastic foodie adventures on Facebook or of course, please on Instagram. She’s little but full of enthusiasm.

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Day 9. Things I won’t miss when my kids grow up.

I tend to be very sentimental about my children growing up. I took a good 6 months to grieve about my youngest going off to school and I occasionally think wistfully of those early days of breastfeeding and nappy changes all through the night.

I have written about it before  and I talk about it a lot and I honestly CANNOT HELP SAYING “enjoy every minute” because it goes way too fast.

Honestly, I am powerless.

But today when I was wiping up around the children’s toilet for the fifteen -thousandth time I realised that I really look forward to the day when I never have to do this again.

It got me thinking about other things that I am never going to miss. Here is a list for your enjoyment. Please play along.

  • Playing endlessly on the play equipment at a boring suburban park.
  • The “toddler years” nappy changes. If you’ve ever changed one you will know what I mean.
  • Doing the grocery shopping with an over tired toddler because: running, crying, begging, crying, dancing, stealing, hiding, crying, screaming. Etc.
  • Picking up endless, literally endless, miniature plastic toy pieces. I am looking at you loom bands, puzzle pieces, pretend play food and Pokemon cards.
  • Washing the hair of a little one who is going through “that stage” of fear of water.
  • Putting in eye drops/ ointment/ cream.
  • Sweeping up endless, teeny, tiny bits of food on the floor and wondering how it is that my children have ever grown taller given ALL the food is on the floor.
  • The whingeing and whining for the latest, greatest, often awful toy.

Which brings me to my gratitude list for today.

This is literally almost never true, but today I am grateful that my children are growing up. Aren’t they clever with all their new skills and independence and ability to do things almost out of no where. It seems almost to be a miracle when you really think about it. A beauty to behold and pleasure to watch but I am really grateful that some phases come and then they go.

I’m going to stop right there though because I feel the sentimental longing is coming to get me, because having little children is such a blessing and I miss the early years

So what won’t you miss when your kids grow up?

Until tomorrow.


Join the 31 days of gratitude challenge and feel the love for the simple things around you.


Day 6 of 31. I’ve got this feeling, inside my soul.

Yesterday I had a very exciting thing happen.

We all naturally spend a lot of time doing tasks that are important but not very exciting. Occasionally we might get an opportunity to do something that we are passionate about, talented at and skilled at. Pundits call this the “sweet spot,” “purpose,” “win” or simply “dang it, you go girl.”

Yesterday I was offered an opportunity that will allow me to work in this space for a bit and I am so very thrilled and grateful.

Petrified too of course, because new opportunities are challenging and when we get something we really want in life, the stakes are so high.

Previously I have shied away from opportunities when I have been scared of failure. But thanks to maturity and my ever-increasing age, I have learned to just face my fears and jump right in.

So today I am grateful for.

  1. Awesome opportunities for working in my “sweet spot.”
  2. The maturity and experience to face my fears and “just do it.”
  3. Music. Because nothing quite works to life the mood and bring on the tears and help express our un-explainable feelings like a well written song. Plus dancing around the kitchen with my embarrassed kids is pretty awesome too.

Did you catch the very excellent Facebook live post on Create the Happy by Annette from “I give you the verbs” yesterday? It was funny, inspiring and sincere and recommend you check it out.

So what are you grateful for today?

Have you ever managed to find opportunities in your own sweet spot?

I’d love to hear about it.

Until tomorrow.



Create the Happy. 31 Days of Gratitude Challenge.

Day 1. Some days are easy.

Day 2. Some days are harder than others.

Day 3. Getting on with it.

Day 4. Laughter is the best medicine. 

Day 5. Oprah and George Costanza give life advice.

Dani B is a food and lifestyle blogger from Melbourne. She has three kids, a naughty puppy, too many jobs and hankering to live in an Agatha Christie novel. She writes about good food for the good life in Melbourne and beyond.






Day 5 of 31. Oprah & George Constanza give life advice.

I have written quite a lot in the past about what an awkward ninja I can be.

Basically stick me in any kind of large group setting and I get uncomfortable enough to wish I was wallpaper.

I can write about this part of my life  because I  have made peace with it, and indeed I am very accepting these days of the fact that I can be a little bit of a social ding bat.

Memorable flash back that illustrates my point.

  • Attending an important work party and getting so flustered that I dropped a plate of dip and corn chips  so everyone’s toes & ankles were splattered red for the remainder of the party. I like to think of that one as a surprise dress up event where I was responsible for everyone else’s fancy outfit.

Which leads me to today’s gratitude post.

  1. I am grateful that as I get older, I am more accepting of who I am as a person. Because really, honestly, it is just so much better to understand and accept myself than to be endlessly trying to be like someone else. So occasionally, when I still feel the pressure, I just make like George Constanza and vamoose.


Somewhere along the line I learned “best to be true to yourself, because if you don’t live your own life, no one else will.” I can’t remember who told me but it rang true and I haven’t forgotten it.

It was probably Oprah. It was always Oprah right?

2. The sunshine.

Yes it has been very cold in Melbourne lately and yes I talk a lot about the weather but I honestly just feel better with a little sun on my skin. So today we had a little bit of blue sky and it was glorious and uplifting and I loved it.

3. Afternoon tea with my babies.

Two days a week I get to have a quiet afternoon tea with my kids after school.

Granted this is not always as blissful as you might imagine, but that doesn’t really matter because I still love it.

I spent years at home with my children and now that I am back at work I really long for these domestic moments hanging out with my kids.

Sometimes I cook something super impressive and then they think I am the most awesome Mum of the year (for 24 seconds). Other times we hit the park or just hang out at home and I loves it.

So that is day 5 of 31.

If you are joining in at home then shoot me an email so that I can feature you in my weekly wrap up.

Thanks to those of you who have already “played along.”

Why not try this at home?

I was reading Dr Andrew Fuller’s latest book earlier in the week and it points out the benefits of teaching gratitude to your children. So why not ask for three things next time you are all around the dinner table together.


Create the Happy. 31 Days of Gratitude Challenge.

Day 1. Some days are easy.

Day 2. Some days are harder than others.

Day 3. Getting on with it.

Day 4. Laughter is the best medicine. 

Dani B is a food and lifestyle blogger from Melbourne. She has three kids, a naughty puppy, too many jobs and hankering to live in an Agatha Christie novel. She writes about good food for the good life in Melbourne and beyond.

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What’s in season. August in Melbourne & beyond.

What's in season August in Melbourne

August in Melbourne

August, the last month of Winter and the occasion of my birthday.

The perfect month to join Get Cosy at Home and create a little hygge. 

In August we have slightly longer days and the sunshine pokes through for occasional bursts of warmth and inspiration. The daffodils may be flowering in your garden and Spring time is so close, yet also so far away.

It is also a great time to join a local food swap group as those gluts of lemon, lime and artichoke set in.

Here in Melbourne we tend to spend a bit of time dreaming of a holidays somewhere warm, and some lucky people even head off and take that holiday. Cue wistful longing as we view their sun kissed holidays photos.

It is also the month that we celebrate the following food days on the Aussie food calendar. 

August in Melbourne

Potato, honey and lemon juice. Quite a grand list of foods in my humble opinion.

What’s on. August in Melbourne and beyond.

The Melbourne International Film Festival comes to town and so does the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Out of town you can attend the “Words in Winter” Daylesford Writers Festival or the Bendigo Writers Festival. 

Other great events include

This Friday 4th of August is Cafe Smart as part of the StreetSmart Australia fundrasing initiative. Local cafes across Melbourne will be donating money from every coffee sold to fight homelessness. Use this interactive map to find your local participating cafe. cafe smart the timber mill cafe officer

The Timber Mill Officer 

rhubarb from the O.My restaurant farm
The O.My Restaurant Cardi Farm

Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables

Seasonal fruit and vegetables for the month of August in Melbourne include:

Fruit: cumquats, grapefruit, lemons, lime, mandarins, nashi, olives, oranges.

Vegetables: beetroot, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, cauliflower, carrots, celery, celeriac, fennel, jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leek, mushrooms, parsnips, potatoes, rhubarb, pumpkin, silver beet, spinach, spaghetti squash, spring onions, swedes, turnips, witlof.

Herbs: bay leaf, parsley, mint, rosemary, thyme, chives, oregano, marjoram, sage, bronze fennel, garlic and coriander.

Is there anything you are growing in your garden that I could add to the list?

With some of my favourite vegetables in season (cauliflower, beetroot, pumpkin) and some great fruit coming to us from Queensland, I actually find it really easy to think of great recipes to cook in to cook August in Melbourne

Spaghetti squash with home made passata.

Cauliflower steaks recipe with lemon and capers

Cauliflower bites

Minestrone soup

Mushroom recipes

Beetroot and goats cheese tart

Potato dauphinoise

Lemon tart

Fresh lime cordial.

Mandarin and star anise sorbet

Broccoli risotto pie

Brussel sprouts with bacon and almond. 

Rosa’s Mitchell’s Stuffed Fennel (Join her mailing list. It is awesome). 

8 killer Kale recipes with Jamie Oliver

Baked Jerusalem Artichoke with fennel

Cheesy pumpkin pasta with sage.

Macadamia and Mandarin Cake with cinnamon syrup.

Stefano de Pieri’s aglio olio

Harissa and coconut roasted leeks with coriander rice

Beetroot and buckwheat risotto with Amy

Ottolengi’s Cabbage recipes

Pumpkin and chickpea curry with Magdalena Roze.

So what will you be cooking, growing and doing this August?

This time last year I was heading off for a most magnificent trip to Port Fairy on the beautiful Great Ocean Road. The weather was definitely not warm, but it was a perfect way to spend a cosy, Winter weekend and  I loved every moment of it.

August in Melbourne. travel to Port Fairy

The food was sensational and I discovered two of my now favourite restaurants.

Fen Restaurant serves uniquely Australian food. You can almost taste the ocean and crisp countryside on the plate. They were also awarded two Hats in this years Good Food Guides Awards and I think it well was well deserved.

Coffin Sally Pizza serves some of the best, on point pizza in a very unique venue right in the heart of Port Fairy. I’m not sure if I loved the food or the old stone building more.


Pan MacMillan Australia were kind enough to send me a copy of two cook books from their range and I am loving discovering heaps of new recipes.

The Energy Guide by Dr Libby is an absolutely amazing treasure trove of information on nutrition, sleep, energy levels, stress, gut health and emotions.

Dr Libby gives practice advice on how to manage your time, hormones and work life. I was very impacted by her advice to quite walking around with a “to do list” in my head as this only increases stress and frustration, with very minimal benefit. So true. and obvious but somehow I still hadn’t quite realised it.

I am very slowly readying my way through this book and picking up useful tips every single time I pick it up. Dr Libby is a very practical and straight forward and with a Bachelor of Health Science and a PhD there is a real sense of trust in what she says.

Check out Pan MacMillan for more info.

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This year to celebrate my birthday I am doing something from home in the shape of a 31 days of gratitude challenge. The more I read the more I am absolutely convinced of the benefits of practising gratitude daily. You can join me over on Create the Happy or just read along. Can I make it the full 31 days? Let’s wait and see.

Dani B is a food and lifestyle blogger from Melbourne. She has three kids, a naughty puppy, too many jobs and hankering to live in an Agatha Christie novel. She writes about good food for the good life in Melbourne and beyond.

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