Fiona McIntosh

Summer 2010/11

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I’ve been revelling in cooler climes over the Australian summer. I headed down to Tasmania in October and I’m still here. Apart from the mild, often cool weather, the wilder surrounds and the peace they afford me has meant I’ve got a new historical saga written to first draft, a children’s fantasy completed to second draft and I’ve also started in on a new adult fantasy. Very early days yet for that but getting started on a new manuscript is always an exciting time. Apart from all the writing that I’ve had the opportunity to get on with in such an ideal atmosphere, I have been indulging my joy in baking. For me, baking is the area of cooking that challenges me the most and that’s its attraction, of course – whether it’s making a beautiful flaky pastry on a sweet leek and chicken pie or dazzling the family with scrumptious butterfly cakes. This summer I learned how to bake the perfect scone – that’s my real achievement. I’m very proud that I can now turn out a handsome tray of steaming, burnished treats, just screaming for jam and cream in under 25 mins. And the lemon syrup cake that I discovered is so achingly simple and yet so mouth wateringly good that it will now become a staple of the McIntosh household repertoire. Clearly this time here has unleashed the baking goddess within and I’m planning miniature chocolate heart cakes for Valentine’s Day and from hereon, I can’t be stopped. Yes…baking is the new passion for my next decade.

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  1. nigelle-ann February 7, 2011

    WOW im very impressed. Nice site and lucky you for enjoying Tassie. See you when you get back.
    na

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  2. Marianne D'Arrigo February 7, 2011

    Congratulations on your new look website. It’s beautiful. Very colourful, welcoming and informative. The baking and home grown produce articles are mouth watering.

    Can’t wait for the release of your family saga. Marianne

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  3. fiona February 8, 2011

    Hey, thanks to you both. I know this site has a more ‘lifestyle’ feel but I don’t want to talk books all the time! I really appreciate it that you’ve enjoyed exploring and hope you’ll drop by again and share some thoughts, recipes, ideas.

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  4. Josephine April 21, 2011

    Hello Fiiona, my mother always keeps me the Tasmanian art supplement papers for me to pour over when Im homesick and I was reading about your Tasmanian house last night and how you move between Adelaide and Tasmania. You are living near my sister which is a beautiful area. I’ve often longed to do exactly what you’re doing but my pick would be the far North-West. I was bought up in the midlands but feel very attracted to the coast and Stanley. I would love to live in Tasmania full-time but my husband’s work is in Sydney and so sadly I have to restrict myself to holidays I didn’t make it back this Easter so dying for all Tasmanian news You know how the state gets into your blood, I can see! I have my recent book coming out next May (Poets Cottage) which is a mystery novel and is set in Pencubitt, Tasmania (a cross between Stanley and Oatlands where I was raised.) Just wanted to say how much I covet your lifestyle and best wishes with the latest project. xx

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