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  1. Hello, first off, love your writing. Makes me hungry every time I read!

    I was wondering if you had a recommendations for for kitchenware, specifically someone who is just starting their first kitchen. I’m a recent university grad and I’m not sure where to begin. I’m not looking for brandname specific, more just an understanding of what you look for in a skillet, pot, etc.

    Thanks for your time!

    • Cheers Joel!

      To be honest this is where you can spend good money on poor quality items. I steer clear of non stick pans, they never last. Your better off with cast iron all the way! Just use olive oil like they’ve been doing for centuries in the Mediterranean!
      One decent enamelled cast iron pot with lid is a certaintiy for stews and slow cooked roasts.
      One large cast iron fry pan
      A boning knife, and a chef’s kitchen knife and a sharpener. No good having good knives if they’re blunt.
      A few pots and strainers for pasta, risotto, soups.
      Wooden spoons, a metal cooking spoon

      A herb garden with the basics or just your favourites.
      Olive oil and make your own stock.

      An open mind.

  2. Thank you! I really appreciate this!

  3. said:

    love your posts. and photos. and the new magazine is brilliant & the texture of the paper certainly enhances the experience. i have passed it along to dear friends and, most recently, by brother-in-law; whom desires to live much like you & those who read your blog. we are moving in that direction here in northern california…thank you for all of the time you spend composing for the rest of us to enjoy.
    much appreciated,

  4. Re today’s Age article in which you say to give cooked bones to your dog-cooked bones should never be given to dogs, as they can splinter and perforate the bowels (ask a vet what they have seen if you don’t believe me). I know plenty of people out there do this and say their dogs have no problems but it’s important to remember that you are the custodian of your dog’s health and well being, and the dog is not a garbage disposal unit.

  5. Aviva Lowy said:

    Can you recommend anywhere to eat in Ballarat? We are planning a day trip in the next week. Also, where to go for a good coffee?

  6. Susan McMillan said:

    Rohan: I read a quote by you in an article in the Good Living section of The Sydney Morning Herald today (17/1/12) that if you are going to take an animal’s life in order to fuel your own, then you should waste nothing “Roast it whole, then use the carcass to make stock, then feed the bones to the dog & the scraps to the compost”.
    Feeding dogs cooked bones is very dangerous for them. Cooking changes the nature of bones, rendering them prone to splintering. Ingestion of cooked bones at the very least can cause vomiting and/or constipation. It can also lead to perforation of the gut wall & life-threatening peritonitis. I am a practising veterinarian with over 30 years experience & have lost many patients over the years as a consequence of their owners feeding them cooked bones. It is worth remembering that in the wild dogs only have access to raw bones. It would be great if you could help reinforce the message to owners not to offer cooked bones to any dog.
    I applaud the ethics of nose to tail eating & think everyone who eats meat should witness every step of how that animal gets from the paddock to their plate. Good on you for making people think.

  7. G’day Rohan. Great blog.
    What’s your opinion on hunting and eating wild rabbit? Do you have any concerns with disease? There’s a plague out there and if we can eat into it then the environment will be better for it.

    • No problems or concerns about disease. I always check the eyes for clarity not cloudy and check the liver. If it’s nice and dark and not pale you’re onto a healthy beastie. A diseased rabbit, bird, fish is easy to spot. And you’re spot on…..the more wild rabbit we harvest the better our Australian environment will be from these introduced pests……(that just happen to taste great) ;-)

  8. Aviva Lowy said:

    I promise I won’t come after you if I don’t like your choice! But thanks anyway for the cafe recommendations.

  9. Hi Rohan
    I just read about you in The Age and used the link to your blog… And the penny dropped that you are behind the lovely vege garden at Dana st. Small world. Anyway, just wanted to tell you about a funny little place called Koweinguboora. It’s between Daylesford and Ballan and is home to a little truffle farm and a little known mineral spring called Spargo Creek. My uncles property has some great chestnut trees which my dad harvests and lovingly cooks, peels and eats every night in their brief season ( mid autumn I believe). Anyway, reading your blog just brought this to mind and I thought I would share it with you.

    • Yeah I know Koweinguboora…..and I’m interested in fins gin those chestnut trees! They make great stuffing for Autumn feathered game! Yes I did run the Dana St garden last year…..not sure whats going to happen this year but it was fun teaching the kids some veg garden joy while it lasted!!! Thanks for popping by!

  10. Rohan

    have just discovered your blog.Have a 22 acre property half hour from Ballarat with a dam full of yabbies,rabbits galore,100 metres from a continuous river with fish .If you need rotting hay for compost I have plenty from last year and also soil from an excavation I am pleased to give to you.Have poplars 10 years + am am looking at doing the truffle thing next year what do you think about growing truffles-realise that it is a long term thing



  11. Hi Rohan!
    First of all your words and snaps are amazing! As a long time fan I have been patiently waiting to see them in book form.. would this one day be possible? in the mean time I was wondering if you have any book/magazine suggestions centred around self-sustainability, am in search of a perfect gift and thought you might have a few in mind!
    Thanks for your time!

    • Hi Courtney!
      My book comes out in October this year. So I guess watch this space. In regards to books I can’t recommend enough Angelo Pellegrini’s book called ‘the unprejudiced palette’

      Very inspirational. Although slightly dated in its language the life he wrote about is inspirational and at the very core of everything I do.

      • Thanks Rohan it sound’s perfect !I shall definitely purchase. I’ve also been following your posts on Smith Journal, is there any DIY publications you can suggest? “Scrumping In The City” really caught my eye, I’m a country girl desperate to ‘country up’ my city living.

        Looking forward to your own book!
        Thanks again,

  12. Hi

    I was wondering which Mora knife you you choose to use? The Mora Classic 1 or 2?
    And is there a reason for that? i ask before i was about to get one and then i noticed your article in the smith journal.

    Let me know

    Keep up the good work!

  13. Samuel O'Reilly said:

    I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of a roasted chicken recipe? I want to try something new with a common dish, and would like to pair it with some root due to the strong winter at hand.


    • The best thing I can recommend…especially if you want the most amazing roast chicken you’ve ever tasted would be to source the chicken from a home grower. And maybe not a bread that you’d normally eat. The difference in flavour will be enough to keep you coming back for more. I’d be inclined to use a herb and better rub, with either thyme, oregano, rosemary or even marjoram. They all work well with chicken. Maybe mix some smoked pimenton with butter and pepper and rub it all over the skin. That sounds nice. Do you stuff it? If so…chestnuts, sage, diced chorizo and bread crumbs make a nice stuffing. Any help to you?

  14. hello, i have a simple question. your fotos are looking fantastic, may i ask you what type of camera you are using? thanks a lot and greatings from s’pore.

    • I currently use Nikon but am thinking of getting a canon

      • Thanks for your answer. Currently I use the Nikon D5000 and a Samsung-Compact-Camera. But the last one, I don’t like really. Now I think about to by the CANON Powershot S100. Which Nikon you are using and do you can advise a special Canon camera? Thanks for your time and information. Greetings, Nicole

      • I use a few different Nikon DSLR’s but I don’t like to promote one brand over the other. They all do their job respectively. I’m looking at getting a Canon 5D mrk2. I’ve seen good work done with that camera.

  15. Poul Tvermoes said:

    Hi Might suggest an exploration of two knife makers for good tools:

    With Mr Roselli form follows function and the knives are to be used……

  16. hi there! we corresponded over the summer(the american summer). i had asked for advice on blogging, etc.
    anyway! it is getting to be that time again to start planting veggies in LA. i was wondering your take on germinating vs. buying plants ready to be planted. i might be a bit late on germinating some plants…however am ambitious to try whatever is the best method! curious what your thoughts and experience are!

    • Hey again Annie!! Lovely to hear from you!
      There are some plants that just get a better start and fruit better if they get planted direct as seeds. But as you mentioned this is not always possible and sometimes by the time you’ve decided what to put in it’s already well into the growing season and you may have missed the boat.

      I usually have a mixture of buying seedlings, raising my own seedlings in a mini hot house and direct seed planting.

      Things I plant (mostly not always the case) by direct seed in spring:
      Carrot, Onion, Leeks, Beans, Peas, Lettuce, Potato

      Things I tend to raise in seed trays in my little hot house:
      Pumpkin, Zucchini, Tomato, Egg plant, Capsicum, Chilli,
      (the reason I use a hot house is because I live in a cool climate/Mediterranean and these are sensitive plants that need warm soil to get a good start. Our Springs are just too cold to plant them directly into the soil)

      But it may all be different with you living in California. I believe it’s a pretty warm climate there.

      Good luck!

      • Thank you Rohan! I appreciate your advice and help very much! I am excited to get started again. Your posts are so inspiring! I envy it all!

    • Are those necklaces for blokes or just the ladies….

  17. Hi There Rohan

    I am a new convert and I love your work!

    A quick question – I am curious about your garden and how you have set the all the plants out so they grow well. You indicate in one of your blogs that you have a fairly small back yard and most of it is under seed. It would be great to see a plan showing how you set it out so you get the most out of it. Keep up the insights into your day and recipes I look forward to reading every one.

    Cheers BB

    • Brett it’s a bit of a mess the garden. I kinda have a little organisation to it but normally it’s more the case of me planting where something has just been pulled out or harvested and trying not to plant the same thing in the same spot two years running. I use natural compost and fertilise with sheep, horse and cow manure. I also plant legumes over the winter to fix nitrogen in the soil.

      This time of year the back yard garden is truly a mini forest.

  18. I’ve just quit my job in …ahem… ‘energy resources’ to move to the country and start farming a significant amoutn of my own produce, I guess akin to yourself and Kim,??! Anyway i was required to provide a four week notice period, which i negotatied down to two but thats irrelevant, tomorrow is my last day at said corporate job and hoenstly i have read nothing but your blog (and the occasional peak at for the past 9 business days aka two week notice period. so thank you thank you thank you for making my remaining days at work bareable and inspiring me to continue with my own little dream.



  19. said:

    plain & simple….i love your blog…. if i had to describe it simply, i’d say it “feels like home.” my partner & i are living a similar dream here in northern california…gatherings of friends who also desire a much slower pace of life and food! saving to get a little plot of land to call our own. in the meantime, learning & living off the land as much as we can. thanks for the australian inspiration. cheers!

  20. Hi,

    Just a quick one from me. I just wanted to say that my partner and I are addicted to your blog, and you have definitely opened our eyes and inspired us Gen Y’s to start living our lives in a completely different way.

    Many many thanks!

    Caitlin and Stuart

  21. Britta Nugent said:

    Hi Rohan,
    I was given your contact details from a fellow student where we are both doing a micro business operations course. I’m going into corporate catering, concentrating on the “top-end”. Want to reintroduce the refined dining in the boardroom with 5 star service!! My next challenge is to find a chef and I’m positive there’s someone out there that has similar ideas and wants to be their own boss! Anyway, Arron told me about you and I’ve read a few things on your blog here, sounds great. Do you grow and sell? What and where about are you??

    Look forward to hearing from you soon.


    Corporate Boardroom Catering

  22. I just stumbled on your blog courtesy of Etsy and was just browsing until I got to some photos of property and thought to myself – gosh, that looks rather Australian. What a surprise to find out where you are. There is something immediately identifiable about the Australian bush.

    Anyway, just wanted to drop you a line to say that I was really enjoying reading your blog and keep up the great work

  23. Same as above, was just browsing etsy came across your fab blog! (wicked and looks so delicious!)
    I just wanted to say ~as I am in the first leg of whatever that thing is called when happy people in love grow up have kid(s) and wander off down different paths~ I really found a huge amount of comfort in your open hearted honesty. Thank you for sharing. Blessings to you and yours

  24. I really enjoy your posts and photos. In fact they’ve inspired my wife and I to convert parts of our backyard into garden! We’re hoping one day to find a place with a land and room to grow.

    Quick question for you if you don’t mind. What kind of camera do you shoot with? Do you fancy any particular lens?

    Keep up the great work,

  25. Hello Sir,

    I’ve been reading this blog for a few weeks now and I really just have to tell you that what you are doing here is amazing. I love the writing, the stories, the pictures, everything.

    By the way, any updates on the book? :)

  26. Well hello,

    Let’s just start by saying that I love…no wait, I mean LOVE, Whole Larder Love. It makes me want to give up city lights and move somewhere where I could keep a pen of hens and a grow avocados, bake fruit crumble and chase around my dogs. You’re on my reading list now. Keep up the fantastic job!

  27. G’day Rohan. I have really enjoyed reading all your stuff mate. I love my cooking and hunting, and looking to get a little more into fishing and growing bits and pieces too. Can’t wait for your book. Do you hunt bigger game too? Cheers Tim

    • No Tim, at this stage I hunt whats regionally available trying to stick within the local agenda. I believe there are deer near by but I’m not yet set up nor knowledgable in that field. Something I’ll be looking at in the future mate!

  28. Hello mate,

    Love the site. I fancy having a go at foraging for mushrooms as I live attached to a large forest on the NSW mid- north coast. Was wondering if you had any recommendations on a book or field guide on the subject.? Wouldn’t mind dodging the poisonous ones!

  29. Cyclone said:

    I admire your back-to-basics approach, and your photographs are beautiful. But the bitterness of your text – your ‘us’ and ‘them’ attitude – is off-putting. Who are you so angry at? What have city-dwellers done to attract your ire? Where did you get the impression they were all slothful and disconnected from nature? It isn’t my experience.

    I come back to site every couple of months, hoping your writings are less angry. I think I have only one more revisit in me before I give up.

    • Cyclone, firstly let me say you have the power to visit my site or not.

      Yes I am angry. The western world is full of many (not all) greedy, lazy, selfish, apathetic, materialistic people. Any person with observational skills can see that.
      I’m not aiming at city dwellers as you suggest, I’m aiming at most people in the western world. Most people in our society are asleep. Asleep in the context that they have lost the relationship with nature, lost the connection of where their food comes from, the real price of energy and fuel, and with these connections lost they have no qualms of being wasteful, lazy or greedy. I’m frustrated at the people that are driven by materialism and contribute to the ongoing damage of capitalism and also I’m angry at the people that are lazy in life, those turning into robotic like beings in their apathetic lifestyle, television consumption and poor choice food consumption (here I am referring to processed prepackaged food and junk which is clearly killing us off with health consequences of diabetes, obesity and hearth degeneration and becoming a huge burden on our health services).

      There is so much beauty in the world, a better system is out there, I’m trying to show people an alternative, I’m not suggesting my way is perfect or it’s right. I’m just showing my story. My anger in my posts is me venting from frustration of what I see in my everyday dealing with all people I run into or observe. I live in the country, I work in a large rural city, where the people are some of the worst in regards to their approach to life. They’re either trying to out do each other in ‘wealth’ acquisition or they’re floating their life away with TV rubbish and commercialism.

      You can feel free not to return to my site. I’m not writing this blog to attract reader numbers, or pander to anyone’s rules or expectations. This is the internet. I am free to write what I want. You also have your freedoms, which is to read or not to read. And I suggest that you think about that, and if my writing bothers you, then I propose you no longer visit. That’s up to you Tess.

  30. Hey Rohan,

    I saw your post on wanting to build your own home, and thought it was great. It reminded me of a dvd i saw called “Alone In The Wilderness?” He builds his own cabin in Alaska, all the while documenting it on a 16mm film camera. Its about this guy.

    I’m really looking forward to your book coming out, and cant wait for it to hit my mailbox.


  31. Hey mate, thanks for dropping by my blog the other day! Love your work, have a look at my latest folio work when you have a chance would love to hear your thoughts!

    • Those stylish shots on the snowy ranges look pretty damn enticing. Where you using bead nymphs?

      • Thanks mate I appreciate it! Normally I tend to run a small bead nymph under a dry when fishing the high country, these shots where for my folio so I had to set it all up unfortunately. If you ever need a fishing or hunting partner let me know :)

  32. R
    heard you are coming to NYC
    need some editorial contacts? i got em

  33. Wow! When my neighbor from down the road started asking me if he could grab some of my blueberries, who could have known! Congratulations on the book Rohan, looks fantastic. Look forward to catching you in the street again. Sarah and Sam.

  34. Hi Rohan, my name is Douglas. Im the Chef at a new Cafe called ‘Silo by boost’ in Melbourne. Me and the Barista forage everyday. We love the book and everything you’re doing. Would we be able to tag along one day soon?

    • Foraging wise it’s all about stinging nettle right now. Thats what I’m on.

      And the very rare, very confused mushroom. But apart from that, I’m doing more growing this time of year. Happy to meet other people doing good food things. Let me know more about your story!!

  35. Nettle soup is my favourite! Im a young chef, trying to cook responsibly… i work for a man called Joost Bakker who is big on sustainable design. Lachie (Our Barista) is obsessed with your book, he makes de-caff coffee with dandelion.
    We would love to help out one day, if you could spare the time? I think we would gain a lot… ideas, inspiration etc.

    You should come to Silo when your next in the city. I think you would really appreciate what we are doing. We have zero waste policy and have a great network of farmers/suppliers following similar ethics.

  36. Jarrid Fish said:

    You (and your dog) are simply an inspiration to me.


  37. Hey there! Man, I gotta say your cooking is something of an inspiration (and an art). Using the fresh herbs and spices… delicious! I suppose my question is, how did you get started? I have hunted and trapped (caught a few rabbits myself) But a lot of the things I see you do with some basic herbs and meats blows my mind. We usually just make stews or barbeque them… now I have gotten off track. Where should -I- start, as far as a home garden for herbs and greens is concerned? What are some easy, year round greens I can keep in the yard (I live in Seattle, WA) And finally, please keep it up!

    P.S. That smoked salmon, for the smoked salmon pizza… how did you not eat it all…


    • Oh, I should add here one more thing. In the above comments I read about a book you have out, concider me a buyer! And thanks for what you do, again!

    • I get ribbed a bit for saying that about fresh herbs. But I know so many people that buy dried herbs from the supermarket still. There is a massive difference in the taste. It was a big culinary eye opener for me years ago. I still like to mention it. But it’s a no brainer for fancy foodie people but not everyone is a foodie obsessive. I know I’m not! I just like cooking simple peasant food!

      Here are the basic herbs that will be mega useful in the kitchen.

      Rosemary – Good with Lamb, beef
      Thyme – Great with wild meats like duck, quail and wild mushrooms
      Oregano – Perfect with tomato based sauces, and red meats
      Sage – Great with wild meats like duck, quail and wild mushrooms
      Mint – Good in summer boozy cocktails with vodka!!! And in potato salads
      Tarragon – Has an aniseed flavor. Great with trout
      Dill – Similar to above
      Coriander – Mega Asian herb
      Parsley – The peasant herb of choice. Does everything.

      Some herbs will grow all year round in the right climate. And some are a bit needy….like a one of those annoying girlfriends you had in high school. They have ‘special needs’. Some like it hot and lots of humidity and some like it in winter. There is a bunch of info online. Yo may even find something specific to your climate.

      Eat well brother.


  38. Hi –

    Love your site, your images and most of all, I love your ideology. Cheers for making such a proud and motivating statement.


  39. Bill Di Donna said:

    I hope you receive this as I’m not very technical in computer matters.My wife suggested I look at your blog as there are lots that she looks at but there are very few that would be of interest to me. It is always good to see head shot rabbits out to about 100 m with a 22 magnum. Similar to my own JGA which I brought in 1983. Good on you to walk about too. I rarely get out of the vehicle when spotlighting. You may want to consider though I haven’t gone over old posts, an axe refurbishment. I just reworked an old 90’s cyclone which had laid unloved and rusted. Cleaned up the hickory handle (its second) and painted the poll and sides red so I wouldn’t lose it. I’m awaiting an old Plumb to clean up and put into service now that this years wood is all but burned. As you shoot on smaller holdings you may want to buy some traps from say, Western Trapping supplies in Queensland. It’s hard to get the old models now.They work well after you have welded a spike on the end of the chain. An old favourite is brass picture wire used for snares. After they are staked and twisted to shape, burn off your scent with a cigarette lighter and return the next morning for the result. Safe for kids to try too. You could try a Dewey knife too, they seem ok and are made here.
    Would be interested to see how you go on a Sambar hunt rather than spend time in the US chasing Mule and Whitetail deer.
    Have recently brought a swag for my 14 year old who is still keen on a tent but we shall see. If you have an idea for the use of a high lift jack under the likes of your cherokee without damaging the panels or having it slip off, I would be interested. See if you can find a good duck shooting spot in the coming months as next yasr is looking good.
    Wishing you well on the rivers now that the trout season is open again.

  40. Hey blogger, whoever you are!
    I found your blog a few days ago, and i love the concept – if I remember right, I found it through
    I just love the concept, hunt, gather, grow – and I’m already planning to do this myself one day, nothing happened yet since I’m 18 years old. My grandparents has a little house far away from the city, with no running water or electricity – I started to spend weekends out there with a friend, and planning to go out by myself there someday. Well, enough of that, I actually wanted to ask you something :)
    Can I use some of the drawings in the logo (the shovel, fishing rod etc.) to finalize my first tattoo? I’m drawing it myself, and I just fell in love with that style the logo is drawed in :)

    Thank you!
    Jacob from Denmark

  41. Hi Rohan,

    My friend and I (both city dwellers) found your blog through and we absolutely adore it! You are such an inspiration to how we want to live our lives in the future, so thank you so much for providing such a wonderful blog and source of knowledge. Every time I read your posts I am just in such awe and jealousy of what you do, and I can’t wait until I have the means of doing it myself. We’re both so excited to buy and read your book :)

    Keep up the fantastic work!

  42. This is inspiring stuff Rohan, I am slowly realising that life is best kept simple. Plans are being hatched to escape the Big Smoke and live an altogether more sustainable existance in and around trees, rivers and hills. Keep doing what you do

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