My Open Kitchen

My Open Kitchen is a podcast celebrating great stories from behind the farm gate; celebrating seasonal produce and the power of social media to help us connect and build communities around what we do.
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Dec 4, 2017

Hello all and welcome to episode 3 of series 3! I am super excited about this one as it features two of my favourite creatives EVER; guest co-host Luisa Brimble and all the way from the US, food writer Julia Turshen! Luisa and I talk about creativity, art, collaboration and her five favourite books while I chat with Julia about her new book Feed the Resistance, Instagram, getting involved and what she’s cooking these days. Plus all the usual recommendations, links and such. Boom pow. 

Big thank you to our series sponsor Country Style magazine, if you haven’t yet picked up a copy of the latest issue - please do, it’s, as always, just beautiful and full of inspiration.

Thank you also to the Good Lovelies, one of my favourite groups ever, for giving us permission to use snippets of your beautiful song the Old Highway throughout this episode. Please check out the full song and the rest of the album and grab a copy - excellent sunny Saturday morning in the kitchen music. 

Here below are some of the things we mentioned in this episode

Sophie’s Top 5 

  • #thetravellingfoodband; Some of my all time favourite photographers and foods stylists got together for a few days in Berlin to create content together. I love that idea and think we should all do more of it. Just grab a group of creative buddies, pool talents, spend an afternoon or weekend together creating lovely things/scenes/foods/images.
  • Doterra oils ;I am a recent convert to the world of essential oils; I love burning peppermint and wild orange while I work, I rub lavender on my kids feet at bedtime and swear that puts them out like a light, or it could be the foot massage! I use the peppermint in an icing the other day and so on. Just love them.
  • Contact Sheets; A bit of an odd thing to recommend here but I have just bitten the bullet and bought Creative Cloud so I can get organised for my new book - eek - and am LOVING how photoshop lets you create contact sheets of your images. I’ve printed out what I’ve done so far so I can easily track how it’s all coming together (or not).
  • Co-schedule blog; An absolute mine of information - not cheap but the blog is full of updates on good times to post what on what platform. Great for bloggers.
  • Spotify Playlists; Everything will be ok and a gift-wrapping playlist from Anthropologie 

Luisa’s Top 5 (current favourite publications)


Oct 25, 2017

Instagram Queen Sara Tasker aka @me_and_orla joins Sophie and Skye to share her advice on cultivating strong engagement on Instagram, what it's like to work from home and we all get excited about the 2018 My Open Kitchen Gathering which Sara will travel to Australia to be the keynote speaker for. 

Oct 9, 2017

A sneak-peak at what's to come in Series 3 and Annabelle Hickson, Country Style writer and blogger at The Daily's helps us welcome in the new Series with a guest Top 5 contribution.

Aug 20, 2017

Jane Smith aka The Shady Baker from outback New South Wales joins My Open Kitchen this episode to talk about baking, blogging and living in Australia's real outer country, plus we share our Top 5 favourite people to follow, things to do, places to visit and pieces to read, and as as always share morning tea an our new in the sunshine on Sophie's farm

Jul 20, 2017

So so much to share in this episode - interviews with The Sonic’s Pip Brett, Nundle’s Exchange Stores' Megan Trousdale on using social media to build a community around your business, plus Skye is back, loads and loads of links, inspiration and ideas for connecting, collaborating and hanging out online in a fun, authentic way. Welcome to My Open Kitchen - we hope you like it here! Sophie and Skye.

Jun 6, 2017

Ciao tutti! In this special bonus episode, we spend a day in Florence with Tuscan-based author, photographer and cook Emiko Davies. While wandering the markets and cooking lunch back at her home, Emiko shares her thoughts on social media, food writing and why food just seems to taste better in Italy! Hope you enjoy this one and we'll be back with a regular episode in a couple of weeks. Sophiex 

May 16, 2017

Welcome back to My Open Kitchen! This episode we talk with Food Writer Barbara Sweeney about how to 'show don't tell' your story on social media. Plus there are loads of great ideas, links and resources to help farmers, foodies and cooks use social media to build more engaged communities and have more fun on social media! 

Mar 27, 2017

This episode we are talking authenticity. Yep - we are tackling that buzzword head on and getting real with the likes of Kat Molesworth, David Prior and Annabelle Hickson. There are some really great ideas, nuggets of advice and stories in this episode and we hope you enjoy listening in! Thanks, Sophie and Holly. 


Mar 2, 2017

Here's a little chat with none other than my Mum, artist Annie Herron. I wrote about her for in the current issue of Country Style magazine and thought you guys might like to hear her voice, her thoughts on creativity, gardens, Instagram and inspiration. 

Feb 20, 2017

Pull up a chair, make a cup of tea and have a listen as we chat with Stephanie Alexander AO and Tamsin Carvan in celebration of summer plenty - the wonderful abundance of produce in our gardens, orchards and markets at this time of year. We share tips, hacks, inspiration and recipes to get you excited about joining our community of food, farming and social media lovers. 

Feb 1, 2017

This episode we are slowing down. My Open Kitchen is all about social media and the communities, stories and collaboration it can foster. But it is all consuming and totally addictive, so today, we are looking at how we can get the most of out our online time and use it a bit more ‘mindfully’. Plus there’s cake, tea and two fantastic interviews. So settle in, have a listen and go slowly!