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A Magical Family Garden As Productive As It Is Pretty

Anastasia Elias renovated her home in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs at the beginning of 2019, and began planting the garden in winter of the same year, just before her young family moved into their new house. In that short time, the garden has become an abundant wonderland – sprouting with vegetable patches and self-seeded flowers that scatter the meandering front grass of their own accord.

Anastasia is a self-taught gardener, and her passion for horticulture is guided by a concept called biophilia: the belief in an intense and symbiotic affinity between humans and the natural world. This approach permeates the entire garden, from the cubby house overgrown with jasmine and violets, to the lunar calendar that she uses to plot her planting cycles.

This is a deeply holistic family garden, one that is constantly informing and framing the human lives that tend it.

Patatas Bravas with Unnecessary Chorizo – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Rohan Anderson is back with us today, sharing a seriously more-ish (Moorish?) winter dish.

As the name implies, Rohan’s ‘Patatas Bravas with Unnecessary Chorizo’ is inspired by Spanish flavours.  Chorizo is one of Rohan’s FAVOURITE things, he’s prone to add it to just about any savoury dish in need of a kick!  With its smokey Spanish spices, this particular dish is delicious with or without this meaty addition – after all, crispy potatoes are pretty darn tasty, no matter what you put on them.

Rohan’s brand new book, A Year of Practiculture, is out now through Hardie Grant Books.

Celebrating + Advocating For First Nations People With Social Enterprise Clothing The Gaps

You’re probably familiar with the t-shirts bearing statements such as ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’; ‘Free The Flag’; and ‘Not The Date Celebrate.’

What you might not know is the story behind this merchandise, created by social enterprise Clothing The Gaps (formerly known as Clothing The Gap).

Co-founded by health professionals Laura Thompson (a Gunditjmara woman), and Sarah Sheridan, Clothing The Gaps supports the health of First Nations peoples through fitness initiatives, funded through sales of their Australian-designed and made merchandise.

Laura and Sarah are also activists who publicly campaign on issues such as free-use of the Aboriginal flag (which you can read more about here). Their work has helped raise awareness of this ongoing matter, leading to a Senate inquiry into copyright and licensing arrangements for the flag design.

Given how quickly Clothing The Gaps has risen to prominence, it’s hard to believe this social enterprise is officially only one year old. We caught up with Laura, Sarah, and their team in their new Brunswick store to hear all about it!

Meatless Monday: Butternut Squash 4 Ways

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Meatless Monday: Butternut Squash 4 Ways

Forget about summer and celebrate fall this Meatless Monday with tasty recipes featuring the versatile butternut squash.

Fall is here, and although that means that summer is officially over (sad), it means a few pretty awesome things as well. One: squishy leaf piles for jumping in; two: chunky knits and fuzzy sweaters; and three: butternut squash.

Butternut squash is a winter squash, meaning it’s eaten when it’s mature and its skin is hard. Its flesh has a sweet, nutty flavour, and tastes delicious baked with just a touch of butter and pepper. However, if you’d like to try something a bit more fun this Meatless Monday, the following butternut squash recipes will make you glad it’s finally fall.

Butternut squash is an excellent soup base. Blended baked butternut squash takes on a creamy consistency that pairs well with a variety of flavours. Try this filling Roasted Butternut Lentil Soup, flavoured with Indian spices such as turmeric and garam masala, or this Maple Squash Soup, which appeals to a sweeter palette, but with a touch of spicy cayenne.

Tossed with extra-virgin olive oil and fresh herbs, roasted butternut squash is the perfect accompaniment to a variety of dishes. Try this recipe, which also features fresh-out-of-the-garden carrots and sage. Serve it as a side to this lovely Orange Bergamot Roast Chicken. 

As the days get shorter and the temperature drops, you might find yourself searching for a new favourite stew recipe. We’ve got it for you here with this vegan Curried Black Bean Stew. Not only is it hearty and satisfying, but also it’s so easy, which is especially good after a long day of work. Looking for something with an ethnic twist? Try this one-pot Moroccan Chicken and Rice.

This Deep Dish Butternut Squash Pizza is made in a skillet for extra crunch and character. Instead of the classic pizza sauce, this fall-inspired pizza uses a homemade butternut squash spread. Topped with chewy kale, roasted red peppers, and creamy goat cheese, this is a new twist on a classic. 

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