At home with Sarah Bell
I was fed on homegrown fruits and vegetables my entire childhood, when I moved to the city when I was 13 I didn't eat nectarines (my favourite stone fruit) from the shops for years because they just didn't taste as they should.
What do plants bring to a space for you?
We have vege beds and fruit trees planted along the perimeter of our yard. It brings me so much satisfaction to eat food I have grown and I love having enough to share. Cooking with your own produce is one of the biggest joys in life.
I have also just given a climbing cucumber a go planted into washing machine drums and let to climb, they have gone so well this year and they produce the cutest egg-shaped fruit.
What's your favourite thing to cook using homegrown produce?
We cook a lot of wholesome wholefoods in our household, think hearty soups and curries, with a heap of vegetables and a lot of those come from our garden. When I cook I don't stick to a usual combination of herbs ie. basil must go with oregano and parsley, I just cut and add as much green as I can and try to infuse my meals with as much goodness as possible.
We are pickling olives at the moment which is great. I love preserving a jar of something from the garden to add into my cooking year-round.