Sunday, July 13, 2014

the strangest meal

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I still get so excited when I see my work published in a magazine. I mean it's one thing to write and photograph stories for my own blog, but it's something else entirely when an editor or publisher chooses me. It feels validating, like I'm on the right track. I love it.

Last week the winter edition of Slow Living Magazine came out and along with a story I wrote and shot about life on our farm in The International Year of Family Farming.

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There is also a story about my sister Meg and her bike riding, foraging, adventuring family,

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A story written and photographed by friends of ours Sahm and Andrew about locals Wayne and Chris.

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Of course Slow is filled with loads of other articles written, shot and about amazing people and places that have nothing to do with me too.

Before the magazine went to print Tim Baker, the editor, sent out an email asking all the contributors to write a three or four line bio that included a brief description of who we are and what we do, followed by an account of the strangest meal we've ever consumed and our current favourite dish.

Mine never made it into the magazine so I thought I'd include it here;

Kate Ulman is an organic farmer, mother of three and wife to her handsome farmer boy. One Autumn evening a few years ago while they were walking around their farm admiring, discussing and smelling the soil, Farmer Bren suggested she have a taste. She hesitated, but then wondered who was she to question her husband's precious soil, his life's passion. So she ate a bit. It tasted like gritty earth. Luckily it grows the most gorgeous fruit and veggies, including the Mutzu apple which is her favourite fruit in the world.


I hope you are having a glorious, slow weekend folks, and if you have the time I'd love to hear about the strangest meal you've ever eaten and/or your current favourite dish. It's such an interesting one.

Big love!

xx

23 comments:

  1. Well done on the magazine articles Kate, Slow is a beautiful magazine isn't it? Good on you for testing your soil! The strangest meal I can remember was years ago at a wedding, it was buffet style & I had curry, potato wedges, a sausage roll, salami, crackers and cheese all on one plate. It was the most confused meal ever! My current favourite dish is toasted sourdough topped with avocado, haloumi, pepper & a little Tabasco. Simple but tasty. Have a great week x

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    1. Thanks so much Jane, and your current favourite dish sounds delish and is making me hungry. I hope you guys have a gorgeous week too. xx

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  2. Congratulations, it must be wonderful to see your work in print!

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    1. Such a buzz Lila, and thanks. x

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  3. Kate, wonderful magazine articles and I didn't know that Meg (Artist as a Family) is your sister. I was just reading their blog yesterday following their journey. Lisa's Beanie is going strong and she said yesterday that she is so grateful for it as it keeps her head warm. We had 2.6 degrees in Brisbane yesterday which is unheard of really (not for 20 years). Love the pics...so heart warming. What a great life you have that you let us share with you since we all can't live on farms. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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    1. Hahaha yes, I am number one and Meg is number two out of four girls. I'm so pleased to hear Lisa's beanie is keeping her head warm. I hope she's doing well. Love to you guys. xx

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  4. That is all wonderful Kate. Both and your sister - wow, what a family! Lovely bio. It is always nice to hear how lovingly you talk about your husband - you two seem like a good team.

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    1. I know Katie, such a thrill to be in the same magazine as them. x

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  5. What a lovely treat, published !~! So sweet to see the girls growing strong and healthy under the tutelage of you and that handsome man of yours. This is the way the world Should work; I'm thankful that you share with us.

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    1. I'm always so grateful to you Lynda and your sweet comments. Thank you!! x

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  6. Wow - what a great feature. Your photos and words are so yummy that it is hardly surprising :)
    I once ate Alpaca San Choy Bow. It was packed with gristle and disgusting. Which was such a shame. I had had high hopes that it would be like a silkier version of lamb... given the yarn comparison. I was, sadly, very wrong.

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  7. I can't believe you ate dirt Kate! You must really love Bren lol

    The strangest meal I have ever eaten was cooked by Tim. Years ago I used to work full time in a day care centre so I'd always take things from the freezer before leaving so they were ready to cook when I got home. Tim had picked the kids up from school & come home & started cooking dinner, which was both lovely & surprising as he doesn't normally cook. I had taken out mince thinking I'd do a quick spag bol but Tim had cooked the mince with garlic, tomatoes, olives & WHOLE COCKTAIL ONIONS! It was very, very strange & not very nice but I did try & eat as much as possible because the gesture was so sweet.
    His cooking style is still very experimental. Sometimes it works & other times not so much :)

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  8. Looks like a beautiful article, you must be so excited!

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  9. That's wonderful Kate - they look fabulous! :)

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  10. I was at work recently (as a gardener at an open air museum), and a French visitor bent down and picked up a pinch of the soil from the veggie plot I was tending. He sniffed it, tasted it, then pronounced it 'du bon terroir'. Praise indeed!!!

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  11. Now I haven't tried this but my husband tells me when they were kids they ate spaghetti red, which is spaghetti with ketchup as the sauce. Yuck! And he loved it!! My favorite thing to eat right now is homemade guacamole. I had never tried to make it before and found that it is much better than the stuff at some restaurants. I had it yesterday. Yummy!

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  12. Hello, not sure if I have left a comment before, but I wanted to say congratulations on your article, very exciting for you indeed! I look forward to reading more from you. xx

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  13. Loved the article Kate! As for the strangest meal...well I'll try anything! Sea urchins, maple leaf tempura from a temple in Kyoto, all sorts of wild game and foraged greens. Yesterday's lunch was a bit special though. Husband shot some rabbits and daughter 13 cooked the move a fire as a special treat before she heads back to boarding school. She was laughing and joking and smiling. A moment in time I will treasure forever. Kx.

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  14. Well done on getting your lovely article and photos published. The strangest thing I've ever eaten was a pickled walnut. Utterly vile, and really, why pickle a nut, why? My current favourite thing, difficult, maybe noodles with satay sauce, or something with lemon or chocolate and lots of thick double cream. So many delicious things it's hard to choose.

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  15. kids eat dirt...your think we would learn! Your farmer boy asking you to taste the earth made me laugh and I still wear a smile...The dirt on his hands I can fully appreciate for the loving ,caring ,hard working hands that nurtured the fruit to the beautiful ripe tomato it is (and lovely photography Kate). Me I prefer my soil to come through in a good cab sav- a round and mellow earthy gritty flavour cant be beat on a cold winters night!

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  16. Kate I love seeing your work in print as well. Your photos are divine and words always wonderful. Love it dear lady. And Slow of course. (Also happy to see the lovely Greg Foyster wrote your sisters article as well :-)
    Oddest meal....hmmm, another who has eaten sea urchin, from the back of my pocket knife in the Mediterranean. (maybe not so odd, but memorable.) Oh and horse meatballs.

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  17. Congratulations on all your magazine wonder! That's so special that your article, photography, family, and sister were all in the same issue. What a treasure to keep forever :)

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  18. Haha! My mum and brother often say that any particularly rich looking soil is good enough to eat, however I don't think they've ever gone so far as to put any in their mouths! :)

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