G’day and welcome to Strayed from the Table. My name is Lizzie and I am a writer, cook and fourth generation farmer on our property in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. I grew up in rural Queensland learning the traditions of the pioneers which supplied naturally organic dairy, meat and vegetable to our family table. Surrounded by family and working alongside them from a young age in the paddock, I have learnt the skills to be a self-sufficient farmer.
Strayed from the Table is a journal of living a ‘simple life’ and providing food for ourselves and our local community. As we grow and develop our land while taming wild weeds we are working towards building a sustainable CSA program. Starting with vegetables and in a few years we will have fruit from our fruit trees. We would like to even get more chooks and maybe some piggies one day. Our produce is currently selling from our farm gate to the surrounding locals who can’t live without my okra, tomatoes, kale and silverbeet. I know offer my service to others who want to start their own vegetable gardens but don’t know where to begin.
I am really fortunate to have Roy (hubby) by my side as we go through this enormous project together. What started out as a passion for eating authentic food, local cuisines and travelling the world has become an obsession for both of us. We will always travel there is so much to see out there and Roy keeps me motivated to visit these foreign countries and to try weird foods like guinea pig, alpaca, grasshoppers, sashimi and shark bones to name a few. Our travels are usually off the beaten track it’s usually us two white looking people in a town with our small backpacks and the locals. We are very independent finding our own way around cities, sites and getting to the next town. Our holidays are cheap; most of the money goes into airfares not food or accommodation. Street food is where it is at, if not a hole in the wall, find where the locals are eating and take a seat for the best fare. These days Roy doesn’t write so much about food on the blog but instead his passion for folk & country music drives him to write the blog Transient Folk.
Our little plot on the internet has been going since 2007 we are always changing and growing with our space yet food and travel will never leave this site. I first started writing recipes on Strayed from the Table a few years ago while I worked in numerous kitchens in Brisbane. Now that we got married and have traveled some more we have settled in to our farm life. Realising that there is not much advice for Queenslanders when it comes to talking about raising seeds, growing vegetables and basic gardening so I thought I had better start sharing some of my secrets. Most of the gardening books here in Australia are all based in Tasmania, Victoria and Southern NSW. A little unfair don’t you think.
As time progresses and things start to take shape on our property I hope to create a space for affordable hands on cooking and gardening workshops. This will be to share my knowledge with others and hope to educate them to keep the information about sustainable farming alive.
With our passion of traveling, eating and getting outdoors to enjoy what the world has to offer both on and off the table. We support the use of regional foods that are grown and made in Australia (unless overseas) and sustainable farming practices. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
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