I ♥ Brisbane Food Bloggers

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Here are some of the Brisbane based food bloggers:

Sorry no more updates to the list. You are more than welcome to leave a comment with your details.

Masterchef blogs and websites

In this perfect weather, Matt is cleaning out the shed and I’m inside sorting through cooking books.

I’ve recovered from the Masterchef series, but I can still keep up with the contestants on their blogs, websites and twitter:

And from last year’s contestants:

Check out the Masterchef judges over at:

Keeping records

We’ve been keeping a record of our garden in a number of different ways. Records help to keep track of what is working and what doesn’t, so you don’t repeat the same mistakes next year. It also helps to make a note of what is planted where, because it’s easy to forget. I have trouble trying to identify the most common flowers, let alone immature heirloom plants!

I first started recording notes in a week-to-a-spread diary. I liked the idea of dates, but found the space for weekends wasn’t big enough, which is when we spend most our time in the garden. There are specialized diaries for gardeners and they might suit you.

I also started a spreadsheet with a grid of plant common and scientific names, purchased date and where planted. It took a lot of effort to keep it updated and I soon lost interest. I don’t really need to know the name of every native in my garden.

I’ve enjoyed blogging about my garden the most. Illustrating blog posts with photos adds so much more information then I could describe. I also love receiving advice from fellow gardeners. There are a number of blog sites you can join: Blogger, TypePad and WordPress.

I keep a mud-map of our four vegetable patches with what it planted where.

We also tally up our harvest totals in a simple ruled notepad.

There are some gardening software programs and online communities that you could use. MyFolia is free and appears to be a popular choice.

I’ve found that keeping records is necessary, but keep it simple so you stick with it.

See also Keeping records: photo album and our progress.

Books by bloggers

I can’t remember when I first started following blogs, but some of my favourites I’ve been reading religiously for several years now. I’ve heard about their ups and downs, births and deaths.  I’ve even seen photos inside their houses and what’s on their creative desks. I’ve shared their favourite books, movies and music – many times before they’ve hit the mainstream. Oh the privilege of lurking and seeing glimpses of other people’s lives from all around the world. Thank you for putting yourselves on the line, online.

Here’s a round up of some of my favourite bloggers who have been published:

Cooking and food

A Homemade Life – by Molly Wizenberg of Orangette website, Camilla Engman (website).
Chocolate and Zucchini– by Clotilde Dusoulier of Chocolate and Zucchini website. Also wrote Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris
Gluten-Free Girl– by Shauna Ahern of Gluten-Free Girl website.
Super Natural Cooking– by Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks website.
Vegan Lunch Box– by Jennifer McCann of Vegan Lunch Box website.

Craft

Bend the Rules Sewing– by Amy Karol of Angry Chicken website. Coming soon is Bend the Rules with Fabric
The Creative Family– by Amanda Blake Soule of SouleMama website. Later in the year is Homemade Home
The Gentle Art of Domesticity – by Jane Brocket of Yarnstorm website. Recently followed up with Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer: A Golden Treasury of Classic Treats
Seams to Me – by Anna Maria Horner (website).
Stitched in Time – by Alicia Paulson of  Posie Gets Cosy website.

Gardening

The Urban Homestead – by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen of Root Simple website. 
You Grow Girl – by Gayla Trail of You Grow Girl website.

Have I missed anyone?