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I love to cook, I've always loved to cook.

As a young girl, my time was spent reading the cookbooks that mum kept in the bottom kitchen drawer. Always looking for a new recipe to try, a new food idea. Many weekends were spent making rainbow cakes with as many colours as possible – have you seen my Instagram, not much has changed, and looking for recipes that I could cook using what was available in the cupboard or from the vegetable garden.

At the aged of about 16, I remember stating that I wanted to leave the farm and travel the world. This would be followed by retiring by about 30 and moving back to South Gippsland to grow vegetables and cook. From 16 fast forward 20 years and I returned, starting Jacican Food Studio in Mirboo North, Gippsland where I grow vegetables and cook. This blog is where I share my food adventure.


I tried growing artichokes for the first time this year. I followed the instructions on the packet - sow in the spring, keep the water up (essential as we haven't had a lot of rain lately) and postion in full sun. The main garden is to the rear of the property, but the front yard is north facing and in sun most of the day.

Turns out, the front yard is the perfect spot for growing artichokes! We've had a few unseasonably warm days in Mirboo North and they have thrived on the heat. This variety is Imperial Star (I think), brought from Diggers.

An artichoke growing at Jacican

The next question is... what to cook with them?


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