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 2, 2020

I think we all need more things to be cheerful about - especially this year. So, that’s what this podcast will deliver; each episode we’ll chat with inspiring and clever people to find out what five things they are doing, cooking, reading, listening to and watching that week that are making them feel cheerful!

And for episode one, we kick off with the very lovely Skye McAlpine. Skye grew up in Venice and now divides her time between that insanely beautiful city and London. She’s a food writer and the author of two beautiful books, her latest A Table For Friends being very much in my remit - all about making entertaining easy and all dripping with her signature elegance and incredible style.

Here are the five things that are making Skye feel more cheerful this week. For all the show notes, please visit

Aug 30, 2018

Hello and welcome to part two of our three part Gathering series! This one is a live recording of the second panel from this event, held in Orange back in May. The theme was Community, Collaboration and building connections and our panel was moderated by Barbara Sweeney.

Barbara Sweeney - Moderator
Luisa Brimble
Sara Tasker
Annabelle Hickson

Creator of the wonderful Food and Words festival and events/talks series, Barbara is a food writer and contributor to Country Style magazine. A woman of many talents, she also writes about food, farmers and artisan producers, is a judge at The National Honey Show and is also a talking cookbook. 

Sara Tasker of Me and Orla; In her own words, Sara “ 40% photographer, 40% writer, 30% creative coach and 10% cake.” Instagram expert and creative coach, Sara has come all the way from Yorkshire, England today and has much to share. Her podcast Hashtag Authentic, blog Me and Orla, Instagram account and e-courses are hugely popular, she is endlessly generous with her knowledge and experience and again in her own words, she is “passionate about helping other women and creatives find their online voice, because I know first-hand all of the huge and brilliant changes it can bring.”

Annabelle Hickson; Annabelle is a writer, photographer, stylist, podcaster and columnist for Country Style magazine. Her clean, bright social media feed has resonated with over 60k followers who come back for the flowers, stories and snippets of life she shares in such a beautiful way. With her partner and three kids, Annabelle lives on a pecan farm in Australia. 

Luisa Brimble; Luisa is a photographer, publisher and queen of collaborations and one of the most generous and talented creatives in this country.  Luisa brings life to the ideas of dreamers and doers through fresh, natural photography and her documentary-style of shooting gives her subjects soul and captures beauty in the everyday. Luisa has worked with some of the world’s biggest publishing houses and her photos bring to life some of our favourite books from Community and Neighbourhood by Hetty McKinnon, to Real Food by Australian Women’s Weekly and her passion project WILD Adventure Cookbook (with Sarah Glover).

Aug 16, 2018

It is with GREAT excitement that we finally pressed publish today on the first of a three-part podcast series featuring all the panel discussions we recorded from the My Open Kitchen Gathering held at the Old Conventhere in Orange in May 2018.

Having just re-listened to all of them, I was reminded of all the incredible insight, inspiration, generosity and friendship shared and had over this day. Hope you enjoy these chats - each episode is around 1 hour each, so perfect for car trips, long walks, gardening or cooking sessions! Sophie x

So here's panel one, panels two and three will be published next week and the week after. All images below by Pip Farquharson.

How social media can help turn your passion into a business.

Jul 16, 2018

What inspires our favourite food podcaster Lindsay Cameron Wilson? What are the best podcasts, apps and pieces to read for peak social media and community building inspiration? It's all here in this episode of My Open Kitchen. We hope you like this one and thank you so much Lindsay for chatting with us, Sophie and Skye xxx Ps please check out our show notes for all the links and things we talked about. 

Jun 14, 2018

This episode Skye has a lovely long chat with Naomi Bulger about creativity, social media, mail art, life and all the things. Plus we share some great ideas, tools and inspirations to help us all use this crazy world of social media to connect, build communities and tell our stories in the most engaging way possible. Thank you as always for listening! Sophie and Skye x (ps all the show notes and links over at our blog

Mar 26, 2018

Welcome to episode 5 of series 3! We are so excited to be back in your earbuds sharing all kinds of good things and an interview with the very clever Abbie Melle. A lifestyle, interiors and travel photographer, Abbie is a regular contributor to Country Style magazine, has a huge and super engaged following on Instagram and her visual storytelling there is super inspiring. Lucky for us, in this episode Abbie shares some advice on creating engaging IG posts and stories and what inspires her work.

Thank you as always to our series sponsor Country Style Magazine. 

Sophie's Top 5

Hurry Slowly podcast by Jocelyn K. Glei (@jkglei) who also writes a great newsletter. I particularly loved the 'anti-time management' episode with Oliver Burkeman.

Girls Night In newsletter; lots of good things to read, listen to, think about and practice on a Friday night - when you'd prefer to stay in.

All the things that Helen Redfern does; I love her blog, A Bookish Baker , her Instagram feed, the sound of her ecourse and her newsletter. So much goodness here and she puts a lot of effort and herself into all she does.

Food 52 Cookbook club. - such a fun idea and great way to build an online community with like minded people.

Our Road Trip playlist on Spotify. Some fun tunes to sing along to on long car trips!

Skye's Top 5

The Guilty Feminist podcast is equal parts thoughtful and hilarious. Thankyou Monique Bowley at the ABC for the recommendation. And another that came from here which is full parts hilarious is The Baby Sitters Club Club for my fellow 90’s kids who loved Ann M. Martin’s Baby Sitter’s Club books.

We have known about this for a while but I have to say Instagram’s new function to follow hashtags has given me the ability to search for new people to follow once again.

We have recently been (so kindly) on the receiving end of a voucher to The Dinner Ladies – a wonderful organisation in Sydney who organise home cooked meals, fresh and frozen for anyone in need. A very thoughtful gesture for anyone who is in hospital, or just had a baby, been injured or having a tough time.

And finally I cannot get enough of roadside flowers at the moment. Florence and I have spend many long hours in the car and my eyes are always drawn roadside. I'm always thinking, what can I forage here? It is endless and I love it. 

Mar 1, 2018

This podcast is our celebration of how us country creatives, farmers and producers can create communities and advocate through the magic of social media and this episode we are chatting with Fiona Walmsley of Buena Vista farm (pictured below) on the NSW south coast (pictured above), plus we share our top five favourite tips, tricks and people and catching up after a few months break.

Skye’s Top 5’s 

Now of course the My Open Kitchen e-course and podcast is the best social media advice getting around but ……… But you should also listen to new podcast by Jess Ruhfus; Stop, Colloborate and Listen. Super helpful for those of us who’re stuck in a rut and need some new partnerships to spark things up again.

This article, The Grown-up’s Table from the New York Times  Art of the Dinner Party – thank you Tea and Tattle for this one. Beautifully written and will take you no more than 5 minutes to read. It vividly captures the essence of a dining table the morning after a dinner party. It makes me yearn for winter and having guests to dinner inside beside the fire.

Oh my goodness – for the last few weeks I have been whisked away to Naomi Bulger’s world of The Most Beautiful Letter You Have Ever Written – a 4 week e-course on letter writing. Unleashed in me a passion for hand writing, doodling and giving someone else a smile through writing pretty letters and cards. I can’t recommend this course highly enough. Weirdly relaxing, mindful and rejuvenating.

In the same vein, Thankly – is a fun business that handwrites notes for you.

A new newsletter by one of the My Open Kitchen Alumni and fellow Grenfell Local, Sarah Ryan, ‘Bunch of Fives’. Sarah runs her business Quandialla Candles from the old General Store in Quandialla and this newsletter is an ode to all the things she loves, old and new, new books, podcasts and articles and tit-bits from here and there. It’s complimented by similar offerings from her best friend. Sign up on her website.

Sophie’s Top 5

Janet Murray’s fabulous blog post on why stroppy emails are bad pr.

Link tree – such a great and free way to make the most of the one clickable link you get in Instagram. I’ve noticed a real change in traffic to my blog and other online homes since I started using Link tree.

Stevie Says Social podcast and blog – so so so much good stuff, social media information and advice on both the blog and podcast. Thanks Stevie!

This master class in compassion online 

The Archers – I know I’m only forty odd years late tot he party but I’ve finally started listening to the Archers and LOVE.

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. 

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.

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 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.