A Night Beside the Gloucester River

A Night Beside the Gloucester River

A little while ago we took a much needed road trip away from the studio and found ourselves camping beneath the shade cast by the tall forests of Blue Gums in a small clearing in Barrington Tops. The impending cold weather had kept the grounds void of campers, its emptiness accentuated by a chorus of strange shrieks that echoed out from the tree line as dusk fell.

Emergency Miso Soup

One ingredient our fridge is never without is a jar of fresh miso paste. I like to think of it as the 'Asian Cup-of-Soup' as you simply scoop out a tablespoon, add hot water and stir for an instant savoury bowl of nourishment. When we are famished though and reluctant to venture out into Sydney's winter for a store foraged dinner we make our Emergency Miso Soup. This recipe is more of an easy assemblage of ingredients we can usually find in our kitchen - all cooked simply and arranged in and around a bowl of steaming hot miso broth.  

Yakushima, we love you

Yakushima, we love you

We were standing in the middle of a long metal bridge, suspended high above a sharp tree-covered valley with crystal clear waters gushing below. We could hear a roar start to descend from the mountain tops, gathering in gusts until it reached us. The bridge began to shake and it felt like the island was showing us that it still was the master of this domain - the metal structure beneath our feet feeling very temporary, as did we.

The Road to Laputa

The Road to Laputa

An early Japan adventure found us driving back and forth upon the craterous skyline of Aso in search of a place Studio Ghibli fans had dubbed 'The Road to Laputa.' Guided by a ménage of offline Google Maps, a Japanese Navman and a paper map we set off to discover this mythical scenery for ourselves which was said to appear straight from the Hayao Miyazaki animated film 'Castle in the Sky.' 

Sakura and Sesame Onigiri

Snacking during the Japanese cherry blossom season brings with it a pink menu of sakura themed offerings. Caught up by the festivity of the moment we curiously bought a jar of preserved cherry blossoms. We found these sweet and salty buds act as umami explosions through the pillowy neutral tasting rice of this onigiri recipe, making it the perfect snack for adventuring, to sustain you through an afternoon of work or to make life a little more delicious.