Hello it's Susie; the jam girl, local baker & organic farmer. Budding horticulturist. Some of you know me from local Farmers Markets. Others perhaps from the bakers oven at Le Petite Pantry, Palm Beach. For those of you I haven't yet met, here goes ...
I operate a small handmade Preserves business from our registered farm kitchen here at Weka. We use our own organically grown fruit exclusively. I started chopping & bottling jams, jellies, marmalades & relishes in 2004 & haven't stopped since. Selling my beloved Pantry cafe in September 2010, I’ve been re-training my body to sleep instead of bake at 4am.
Most recently I've been studying horticulture, learning how to give our orchard all the love & attention it deserves, propagating succulents & collecting gardenalia treasures.
My life before hobby farming, cooking & over-eating was filled with travel & writing. My two big obsessions that make me, well... me. I worked at Qantas & Swiss Airlines for many years and lived in Italy for several more. I shacked up in foodie heaven, otherwise known as La Cucina Italiana, based in Siena, Rome & Sardinia. I took a massive bite of ‘la dolce vita’ everyday. I almost lost my way home but never forgot where I came from.
The air was never sweeter or clearer when I finally returned. I've so many recipes, jam jars and jottings to share with you. I adore cakes that don't require fuss or fancy icing. Ingredients & flowers picked at the back door. A basket full of cumquats turned into shiny rows of marmalade & an overripe hand of bananas into loaves of Coconut Banana bread.
Stay in touch with seasonal updates via the Blog or via our Facebook Page. At this time of year I’m often found in the orchard, robbing the best fruits for my jam pot & your enjoyment. Warm regards Susie x