Bookshelf Review~ A Table in the Orchard- My Delicious Life by Michelle Crawford

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When I walked past this book I just had to pick it up and with the title, A Table in the Orchard- My Delicious Life by Michelle Crawford I could not resist. Then when I flicked through it the gorgeous pictures caught my eye and captured my imagination, I had to take this book home.

This book is full of stories and photo’s of Michelle’s life changing move from Sydney to Tasmania, and her life looks and sounds delicious. Michelle left Sydney to live in Tasmania with her husband and two children. They now live in a Georgian Farmhouse on a small farm in the Tasmanian Country side.

The book is full of gorgeous photos of food, and life in picturesque Tasmania. Michelle has mouth watering recipes accompanying all her stories. It’s theme of home grown, locally bought, being resourceful whilst cooking from scratch and passion for food permeate this book.

Take- aways from this book:

Take time and hard work to grow your own vegetables and fruit, it not only results in a tasty crop of food, but a greater appreciation of that food. There is joy in the experience of growing your own food. For myself, this means getting out into my backyard vegetable patch.

Be resourceful, grow your own food, barter for foods, use good locally grown ingredients, and cook from scratch using what you have. Good quality food, home grown and home cooked result in delicious good quality meals.

Enjoy the experiences of your environment, and community, and make food part of that experience, discover the yumminess around you. For myself, as a suburbanite, this could mean visiting a Farmers Market, Local Markets or going for a drive in the country side on the weekend and discovering new foods.

It was quite clear that Michelle did not have a lot of money to spend. That she was patient and saved up for the important things they valued for their home like her wood stove and renovating her kitchen. She was resourceful using what she had to create amazing recipes. Her family enjoyed the simple things in life and the experiences of farm life and exploring their local community.

Richness in life also came from being connected with family and friends, and the way that food connected them, that celebration of gathering and food. Yes, I am thinking more family gatherings, friends over for dinner, BBQ’s, picnics and camping weekends.

Finally, understanding that richness comes through our simple daily experiences, the way we interact with family, food, home, and nature. It doesn’t take a lot of money to live a rich life, it takes a passion for life, appreciation of the moment, and current circumstance. It takes a dream of that delicious life we desire, and a slow moving towards it, enjoying the journey as we go.

More details about this book go to  Michelle Crawford’s website  Hugo and Elsa 

This book is a must read for all those Happy Suburban Chicks out in the world. A frugal tip, try borrowing it from your local library.

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

FRAN DISHON

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