Hello Pip-Life

:: Eat A Croque!


Hello! Are you well? I am well. My wrist is all healed and I am going to start crocheting again tomorrow. I am looking forward to it as I was quite forlorn sans crochet over the weekend. It was still nice, don’t get me wrong, but I have a blanket to finish and its been staring at me from its basket for many, many days now. I will be very glad to get back to it.

The weather is cool and drizzly here. I saw three girls wearing tartan today (one was me) which is a sure sign that the weather has well and truly shifted and Easter is nearly here. I’m so looking forward to buns.

I wanted to tell you that on Wednesday (25th) at 11am Melbourne time – tomorrow – I’m going to be on a panel on the radio with my friend Clare Bowditch and my other friend Rachel Power. We’re going to talk about Motherhood and Creativity. You can tune in here and listen if you like. We’re on The Conversation Hour from 11am to 12noon with Jon Faine.

I started watching a new TV show last night. It’s called Bloodline. Have you watched it or heard about it? It’s quite uncomfortable to watch, but I am loving it so far. It stars Ben Mendelsohn, Kyle Chandler (who played Coach Taylor in Friday Night Lights) and Sissy Spacek, amongst others. Stellar cast, right?

(Click here to watch, if you are reading my blog via email and the trailer isn’t loading for you)

This morning I had a cute catch up with my friends at Grub Food Van. It was really lovely and I was really lucky because I got some little presents too. A beautiful drawing from my friend Leroy, some nut spread from Jesse, some Croque Monsieur from Clare,  a special wordy envelope from Defah, a beautiful handmade decoration from Lisa. SO LUCKY.

Do you like Croque Monsieur? Honestly, I really do. Food has become the enemy for some, but if they’d just eat a Croque they’d realise how friendly it can be… (Also, how good is Dijon mustard?)

I was noticing this thing yesterday. It was that some people like to define others by the things the other people don’t love. They’re super ready to write you off or judge you, just because you don’t love a thing that they do. I think it’s bonkers to judge people by the things they don’t love. People are people. The things they don’t love make them as interesting as the things that they do. I am sure you are not one of those love-the-things-i-love-or-get-knotted types, so you are probably agreeing wholeheartedly with me right now. (But if you aren’t I still like you. A LOT.)

I’ve been working on a new book and getting excited about my current book starting to pop up here and there. Someone borrowed one from a media friend. Someone got an early copy from the library (very early! It’s not officially out til April 22nd!) It’s nice to get some feedback and finally see the fruits of my labour. Do you know we shot the book one year ago?! And I wrote it way before then! It’s been the longest book hatching ever, for me! Like a crafty tortoise!

In unrelated news, after school today I greeted Ari with a potato pie. He was pretty happy because he’d just walked home in the rain and I felt like the best mum ever handing him a toasty golden snack. It sort of distracted us from the fact that I didn’t pick him up… Pies are often a great distraction.

We’re having Spaghetti and Meatballs again tonight. We’re on a bit of a meatball run at ours because a) thrifty and b) delicious. Are you a meatball (or lentil ball) fan? I like to put rice in my meatballs. I think a lot of people like to do that. I also found this recipe today and I really want to make it. How good does it look? Just my cup of tea, I think. Tart.

I’m going to scoot now because I need to finish up my work and roll my balls etc.

Love to you,

x Pip


  • Reannon @shewhorambles
    March 25, 2015 at 12:05 PM

    Oh Pip I LOVE meatballs! I call meatballs with rice in them hedgehogs. I used to make them for kids at day care when I was a cook & that’s what we called them. I think I might want them now…. Have you made Ruth’s middle eastern meatballs? I made them a few weeks back & they were REALLY tasty.

    I can’t wait to read your book. I’m secretly hoping I’ll get it a bit early because I pre-ordered it. Do you think I will?

    Anyway, have a great day xx

  • Deb Baker
    March 25, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    Good morning Pip, I’m really looking forward to listening to you on the radio this morning. The link took me somewhere else though. It’s OK – it’s a lovely raspberry and yoghurt mousse cake which I am totally going to make, so it’s all worked out really well. And I’ve found the ABC radio page to listen to you. So it’s all good. I am a huge Croque Monsieur fan. When we went to France when the kids were little it was about the only thing they would eat. We lived on the stuff. Brings back memories for me.

  • Therese
    March 25, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    Hi Pip, I love reading your posts. It is always good to know that I am not the only one thinking these thoughts. we humans are full of contradictions and yet we can’t always see that in ourselves – what are we like. I am also pleased with the idea of distraction with a pie – yesterday I didn’t collect my girls from school, they were hot & tired when they got home. I offered am ice block but was rejected. should have tried a pie!! thank you lovely Pip, keep doing what you do. x

  • Chris Furness
    March 24, 2015 at 7:43 PM

    Hi Pip, So lovely to wake up to a friendly interesting post.It is very bright and sunny here in Yorkshire England this morning but still quite cold.Spring is in the air though and we are ready for it! Been making little crocheted goodies for a fund raising craft stall which will be at the hospital today.Looking forward to seeing my friend and to making loads of money ,Have a good day.Blue Skies,Chris.

  • Isabel
    March 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Hey Pip! Thanks for the chatty post – so very nice and Melbourne-y. Jon Faine, drizzly days and Grub Food Vans 🙂 I hadn’t heard of Bloodline but will check it out. I’ve just finished watching ‘The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt which was hilarious – starring Ellie Kemper (from Bridesmaids). It’s Tina Fey’s new series, and it’s about Kimmy adjusting to life in New York City after her rescue from an Indiana doomsday cult. It’s funny and super positive…loved it. I have just started crocheting a blanket for a friend’s wedding gift (similar to the stripey one you finished recently), actually just got back from the wool shop here in China where I had a full conversation with the women there about ply and colour and what I am doing in Nanjing – in Chinese! I was proud 🙂 Love how a mutual love of craft can bring people together anywhere in the world. x enjoy your thrifty spaghetti and meatballs for dinner!

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