A Surreal Banquet

“For there is an aspect of cruelty in eating, nourishing one life at the expense of another. It is an aspect usually avoided – the crudeness of a slab of blood-red meat is disguised by cooking it, camouflaging it with sauces and garnishes.” – Barbara Santich, Looking for Flavour (Wakefield Press 1996) It was the … Continue reading

Meditation on Pomegranates

If you buy a pomegranate, buy one whose ripeness has caused it to be cleft open with a seed-revealing smile. Its laughter is a blessing, for through its wide-open mouth it shows its heart, like a pearl in the jewel box of spirit. The red anemone laughs, too, but through its mouth you glimpse a … Continue reading

Meditation on Lemons

Meditation on Lemons When I move house the first tree I plant is a lemon biblical dour and versatile I much prefer it to those cloying salesgirls the soft stone fruits   –      Kate Llewellyn, excerpt from “Lemon”   It’s a hot summer afternoon in the Tallebudgera Valley in the hinterland of Queensland’s Gold Coast. … Continue reading