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Hello! Hello! 

My name is Michelle and welcome to my blog. A devoted cook and eater, I like to drink tea, wear tartan and potter about in the garden.  I live in an old weatherboard farmhouse with my husband Leo and two children Elsa and Hugo in the Tasmanian countryside.

We moved into our house in 2007 and I started this blog as a way to capture and remember those special moments that whiz by in a blur :: those crazy days of babies and toddlers.   As my children have grown older, the spotlight has shifted away from them and the focus now is on my stories.  Although my blog title remains the same, I now share stories and photos of our vegetable garden, foraging, camping adventures, preserving, recipes, keeping chickens and bees :: trying to live the simple life in the Tasmanian countryside. 

With my children at school fulltime, I now have more time to do the things I love and most of that revolves around food. Sometimes I even get paid for it.   

My very first book, A Table in the Orchard is out now,  you can read about it here.  I contributed a lot of my favourite preserving recipes to Not Just Jam  a book by Matthew Evans and I'm putting the final touches to a cookbook that I'm co-writing for release mid next year - stay tuned! 

I also work as a food stylist and home economist and my styling work has appeared in Feast Magazine , Delicious Magazine, Inside Out, Slow Living and Country Style.

I’ve worked on cookbooks with Matthew Evans and the talented photographer Alan Benson, Winter on the Farm , the Deli Book, Gone Fishing, Summer on The Farm and Not Just Jam.  I've also worked on books by great Tassie cooks such as  Sally Wise Ben Melbourne  and Nick Haddow from Bruny Island Cheese.

Sometimes I'm cooking, sometimes consulting on food based projects and sometimes I'm styling. But I'm always thinking about food.

And finally, I also teach food styling workshops from time to time.
You can contact me hello{at}michellecrawford{dot}com{au

Or follow my blog at bloglovin here

Portrait by Luisa Brimble


  1. Really delighted by your blog. As a fan of all things Tasmanian Gothic (and not so gothic) I look forward to your blogging accounts.

  2. Just found your blog courtesy of Local is Lovely and I'm smitten, I adore your Island home and so wish one day that we have the courage to move from Sydney down there.

  3. Oh Michelle, I love this video so much! You're as sweet and charming as I thought you would be. ♥ I adore Hugo and Elsa and your must be hugely proud. xo Sarah

  4. Gorgeous new blog look Michelle! And those photos of you are just the best x

  5. Love this little video, can't wait to read the book!

  6. Love your blog AND your wonderful tartan skirt :)

  7. You have me hook, line and sinker....

    cookbook - co-writing - mid next year !!!

    I'm all ears!!

  8. They're super tiny houses! I'm going to buy the plans for one of them (haven't decided which one yet) and use salvaged wood and materials to build it for cheap!free online moving quotes