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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Fire and Flour Day, 2017

We have been hosting Fire and Flour Day on our property every winter since 2013.  What started as an amateur sourdough workshop at our wood oven has slowly transformed into more of a long table lunch in the paddock. 


We still have an epic swap table and there is still plenty of flour, mixing, resting, dividing, cooking and fire.  Affogatos are always served mid-afternoon and there is always something crafty for the younger folk or anyone else who might like mixing craft with a glass of red at the fire.  There is no financial contribution from participants, instead everyone shares either a skill or food or other resources on the day. 


As the years have progressed our day has become more about winter sunshine, talking and sharing and less about learning a particular skill, although sharing ideas is something that happens naturally. 


When I look around at our participants I think about the children that have arrived, other children who have grown considerably, relationships that have been adjusted, dear friends that have left us,  friends that have joined us and so the natural flow of life continues.


Every year as we all take on more commitments we could quietly end this day and put the memories into the archives.  However, standing around a table making pastries, pasta and bread with friends is something very special.  It gives us all a reason to stop and talk and listen and observe.  It makes us all step away from our everyday lives and sit down together to share lunch on a table that my husband built specifically for this day. The swap table gives everyone a chance to unleash some creativity, depending on individual strengths and interests. 

It gives everyone an excuse to take a manageable road trip in the sunshine and who doesn’t love a road trip?






Gathering people together is surely something we should all do more of, when we can.

Are you seeing people and talking?

Are you continuing something you started years ago, even though it might have changed? 

Are you enjoying the school holidays?  I know we are.  Thank you for calling in! 


If you are interested, this is what we ate on the day: 

Morning tea: quince and almond tart, cheese platter, freshly made pastissi headed by Summa

Lunch: locally sourced goat chops, sourdough pita bread, hand cut pasta with a slow cooked vegetable sauce, all cooked on an open fire.  Chunky homemade dips. Local olives. 

Afternoon grazing: affogatos, homemade sweet treats and more cheese! 

14 comments :

  1. oh my goodness, it looked like a stunning day, as it always does.
    i really hope we can come and join in one year.
    xx

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    1. Thank you Kate...we would truly love to have you. It will always be in the July school holidays, keep that in mind! x

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  2. Love your Fire and Flour days Jane. Everything about them is a celebration of all that's good in life. Slowing down, good people, slow food, local food, conversation, no money changing hands, being outside....(has it ever rained??) Love it all. I hope you have many more of these days to come, evolving as they may be.

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    1. Thank you Brydie, I know you appreciate these simple yet wonderful things. No, it has never rained which is probably proof that we live in a mostly dry part of the world! You words have already encouraged me to continue this day.

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  3. I do hope the locally sourced goat chops weren't Candy Cane! It looks an idyllic day and I'm always envious when I read this post each year. I agree with Brydie that it truly is a celebration of all that's good in life.

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    1. How funny Anne...and how lovely of you to remember Candy Cane! It certainly wasn't her, in fact Candy hopped her way into the festivities and quickly became quite popular with our guests. Thank you for your thoughts as always x

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  4. Looks like it was a great turn-out by the number of place settings at that table. Nothing like the smoky smell of a fire with things bubbling away on it.

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    1. 13 adults and a handful of kids Kate...I know you understand the beauty of fire and the great outdoors x

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  5. So much floury fun...as always Jane! Thanks for having us xxx

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  6. Celebrating all that is good in life, keep it up!

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  7. Best day of the year! Thankyou for all your hard work Jane we had a really great time x
    Cheers Paula

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    1. I hope you can make it next year Paula x

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Hello and welcome. I will try to reply to all comments eventually because I love the conversation! Jane