2012 has been a huge year for me. I completed a television series – Lyndey & Herbie’s Moveable Feast plus two Christmas specials – Lyndey’s Cracking Christmas for LifeStyle Food as well as embarked on another – Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Australia.
Taste of Australia embodies everything I love about Australia – our diverse landscape, our natural environment and the characters that grow and make the food we eat. To date we have filmed five episodes, with eight more due next year. My highlights so far: riding a camel along the beach, chasing a winemaker around a maze, driving a tractor at a macadamia farm, being whizzed around Floriade in a cherry picker, beating a drum on a dragon boat, flying in a chopper over Orange and finally cooking with some of Australia’s best produce.
Speaking of produce, I’ve fallen in love all over again with Australian cheese. I worked with the Good Food & Wine Show organisers this year bringing artisanal cheesemakers to a mainstream food and wine show and hosting corresponding cheese masterclasses. The response has been phenomenal. Some of Australian’s best cheesemakers have participated: Bruny Island Cheese and Ashgrove Cheese from Tasmania, Milawa Cheese, Yarra Valley Dairy, Puglia Cheese, That’s Amore and Tarago River from Victoria, Bangalow Cheese, Hunter Belle and High Valley from New South Wales and Barambah Organics from Queensland. I was suitably supported by Karen and Ben from Kurrajong Kitchen and Prof Lyn from Majella Wines. The good news is that we are doing it all over again next year. I can’t wait!
I’ve also continued to contribute to Selector magazine. My recipes are featured in the section Lyndey Milan At Home. Selector, Australia’s highest circulating wine and food magazine, is a visual feast. Some of my favourite recipes of the year include: Jambalaya with prawns, pork and smoked sausage and Mississippi mud cake with mint julep syrup.
Next year I’m looking forward to visiting some more amazing parts of Australia for my series Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Australia including Tamworth, for the Country Music Festival and my Australia Day ambassadorial role, plus some hidden gems in Queensland and Victoria.
On a personal note, I’m looking forward to having a bit more down time and levelling out the work/life balance axis, cooking with Australian produce and drinking Australian wine.
Wish you a fabulous holiday season full of family, friends and good food and wine.