I am Shirley, often called Rhu. Welcome to my blog. I am fortunate to live be right beside the coastal waters of the South Pacific Ocean midway between the sunshine coast and Brisbane, QLD. I moved here from Perth in 1995 (for a 2 year contract!), and am still here. Despite being beside the sea, I manage my own large veggie patch, run chooks and have a good herb garden, all hiding in the back yard.
About my food.
I am totally passionate about cooking, wine and all things food. I love to eat out and consistently cognitively deconstruct dishes served, which drives my dining partners batty. Take me anywhere – fine dining, street food, pop up stalls or casual eateries- I am in bliss.
I have two very strong food passions.
One: I am a purist. Call it what it is. I have a strong ethical conscious for food. Grow it, raise it, can it, bottle it, it is food and therefore should be completely free of man made artifice. I believe in the ‘tail to snout’ approach.
Two: I want to learn more. Classes, chefs, gardeners, wholesalers and purveyors – I am consistently on the lookout for people who can teach me more, help me learn and well… nurture my hunger for knowledge, if you will forgive the pun.
I only cook gluten free, prefer to eat organic and prefer to use seasonal produce when possible.
About my writing.
I currently write for several publications, both online and hardcopy. My first non-fiction writing was published in the early 90′s and is still in print. Since then, I have written for journals, magazines, government departments PR agencies and guides. My fictional work includes short stories and children’s books.
Much of my writing is written from an undisclosed perspective. When writing for guides or PR agencies, I am often required to anonymously visit establishments to ensure I do not receive any preferential treatment, whilst identify high-quality establishments across a broad range of budgets and styles. Evaluations involve testing menus, meals, products, service or overnight stays to assess quality and reliability of the experience.
In between, I run a small business with my partner, am renovating our second home, dabble in photography, and on a break from my other passion – teaching small children. I write about life, food, family, travel, eating, food, photography, food, renovations or the postman.
If you have a project you would like me to work on, or would like to discuss the opportunity to work with me, please feel free to contact me using either method below. You can be assured on confidentiality. My T&C are here
|Our mailing address is:
PO Box 2003
Redcliffe NorthQueensland 4020