Winter Solstice or Solace?


I’d rather think about winter solace and how we can comfort ourselves on the shortest day and longest night of the year. Winter Solstice occurs when the Earth’s poles are at their maximum tilt away from the sun. It’s on the 21st of June in the Southern Hemisphere and 21st-22nd December in the Northern. Of course, this means the 21st of June is also the summer solstice for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere (lucky you!). I wish my Northern Hemisphere friends a wonderful summer, but for those of us in the South – let’s dig into some foods that comfort and warm!

It’s been a week like no other as the handover of our TV business Flame Media progresses. However, I have had some wonderful emails of thanks, support and tributes to John. Things are busier than ever, but I hope you like my new newsletter design? Well, I did say last week, that it’s A New Chapter

During the week I enjoyed going out to Sydney Showground, home of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) to record an interview with Olivia Calver for the fabulous ABC TV show Landline (pictured above). Landline is Australia’s only national agricultural TV programme covering stories from Australia’s rural and regional heartland. I was honoured to talk about the RAS’ incredible 200-year history and its contribution to agriculture and education via the Sydney Royal Competitions: Wine, Beer & Cider, Cheese and Dairy Produce and the many competitions which make up Fine Foods (Aquaculture, Branded Meat, Olive Oil & Olives, Professional Bakery, Specialty Foods and Smallgoods & Charcuterie). And, of course, the supreme competition in Australia The President’s Medal.

A fun time was had by all when 17 fabulous women (pictured below) I went to high school with assembled for another reunion lunch with a friend who had flown in from the USA, but had missed our big celebration earlier in the year. The Tropic Manly (which I had reviewed previously) did a wonderful job looking after us with great staff, wonderful food and good humour. Thank you.

I hope you enjoy this newsletter and the week ahead. I probably won’t get one out next week as I am going to Mudgee for four days to celebrate a friend’s birthday.

Eat, drink and travel well – Lyndey x

Recipes of the week


This hearty, nourishing soup is simple to make and something for the whole family to enjoy. Just add a hunk of crusty bread!

This is a delicious grown-up dessert.
You could use pears poached in red or white wine if you can’t get rhubarb.


You can also head over to my blog HERE for a collection of other fabulous winter soups to comfort and warm you in this chilly weather.

In the kitchen with Lyndey!


I’m sharing my Prawn and Asparagus Linguine with Chilli Pangrattato recipe.
If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, try quarters of in season brussels sprouts in place of asparagus. Click the video above to watch me make it, or CLICK HERE for the written recipe.

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Let’s substitute our fruit and veg!

Easy Pulled Pork with Apple and Brussel Sprout Slaw

The media is full of stories about iceberg lettuce shortages, the use of supplementary cabbage in KFC products, the scarcity of berries, prices of broccoli and broccolini and now even cabbage is getting prohibitively priced. Even the Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese mentioned “Cabbagegate”. My first thoughts were for the farmers, they aren’t getting these fabulous prices, rather they are so short in supply. We have had endless rain and now an extended cold snap down the Eastern seaboard.

My next thought was that it is simple to substitute and buy less expensive produce. But then, not everyone is necessarily confident in doing this, so here’s my quick guide on ways to substitute your veg without breaking the bank.

Brussels Sprouts Over Cabbage
Easy Pulled Pork with Apple and Brussel Sprout Slaw. Move over KFC, this slaw is entirely made up of seasonal veg which are not in short supply – apple, fennel, brussels sprouts, green onions, lemon juice and olive oil.

Avocado & Tomato Salsa Over Salad
Avocado & Tomato Salsa or make avocado into pesto and use it with frozen peas and forget the asparagus for Linguine with Avocado Pesto, Asparagus and Peas.

Baby Gem or Cos Lettuce Hearts Over Iceberg Lettuce
Try it in Minced Beef in Lettuce Leaves or Pork Larb.

Asian Greens Over Broccoli or Broccolini
Make a Hot & Sour Soup with any veggies which are inexpensive.

Silverbeet or Cavolo Nero Over Spinach
Braise silverbeet instead or English spinach or try Stracciatella Soup with Cavolo Nero and Lardo. Rainbow chard, collard greens or beet tops are also good.

Is versatile and great for bulk and warming winter meals. Try Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Cheese Crostini or replace spinach with silver beet in my Pumpkin, Leek & Spinach Frittata.

Frozen Berries or Dried Fruit Over Fresh Berries
In Warm Winter Fruit Salad or try mandarin with yoghurt for breakfast instead of berries.

Things to read, share and watch

With Irish Celebrity Chef Martin Shanahan, fishing in Ireland with the mackerel I caught

I have done several tours, in person and online with Arigato Travel in Japan. They are highly recommended. Now they are offering a one-hour online trip to Japan (called Summer Celebrations in Japanto learn about all the unique and interesting things happening, with a local expert guide who will also share tips, advice and personal stories. There are so many delicious seasonal foods, historic traditions and fun activities to add to your list for your next trip to the land of the rising sun. Better than watching a Youtube video, joining this online experience is fun, interesting and interactive.

– TO TRY –
Last month Winepilot hosted Australia’s first Zero Alcohol Wine Show in Sydney to taste a significant proportion of the Zero Alcohol wines currently available for sale. In the last few years, there’s been a massive shift in the way Australians are drinking, toward more low and zero-alcohol wines. There are new wine producers and brands coming on to the market every day and, like with any new category where wineries are still experimenting with wine styles, there is a range of quality levels. Read the results here.

The Curated Plate swings into action from July 29th – August 7th with a 10-day programme packed with culinary experiences from the sea to the hinterland, showcasing producers, restaurants, farms and tourism operators. Details here.

– UK –
Irish Seafood Guide – How to Eat the Best Seafood in Ireland.
As I learned when I was filming Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Ireland Irish seafood is really sensational, so enjoy it.

Italy Packing List – What to Pack for Italy in 2022

Food tours coming up…


 16 – 21 August 2022
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Over six unforgettable days, we’ll gain exclusive access to culinary experiences you can’t get anywhere else and learn the intriguing stories behind the food, wine and local characters that make Adelaide, McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley such a world-class foodie playground.
Drawing on my decades of experience exploring Australia’s unique food and flavours, I’ve called on friends old and new to help me create this one-of-a-kind adventure full of incredible food and wine, cultural experiences and special insights into South Australia’s most outstanding producers.
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This authentic tour will give you access to the best gastronomic experiences that Morocco has to offer.

Join me for an unforgettable week discovering this unspoilt, hidden gem of Italy. Only a few spots left!