About this blog

Update: A month ago, we moved into a three-bedroom house north of the city with a massive backyard. We are plotting a new veggie patch, plus a chicken run and some bees, and of course, a few fruit trees. The plan is to grow as much food as possible on a 650 sq. m. block of land in an urban setting – very excited. 🙂 

Hi there! Welcome to my blog site. I am Zainil and I have an interest in sustainability: from food security to renewable energy. I live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband Michael in a very urban setting. We are 5km away from down town Melbourne.

Just over a year ago, together with our neighbours we started a community vegetable garden complete with rainwater tanks and compost bins. We keep the garden as organic as possible and grow seasonal produce. Growing our own food is our action and statement against the transnational food corporation monopolisation of the food we eat. It is taking control over the food we produce and consume. It is also an attempt to reduce our food mileage to a small degree vis-a-vis peak oil. I wish more and more people would take up food gardening. It is doable and fun and very satisfying.

The purpose of this blog is to empower people on the endless possibility of making our local area a more sustainable place. This particular blog focuses on wholesome organic food and vegetarian cooking. Both Michael and I are long term vegetarians, over 35 years between the two of us. I hope to create future blogs on permaculture and food security. Watch this space.

Food is sustenance and we are engaged in the act of food preparation several times a day. It is also a very personal act in terms of what we choose to eat and how to eat it. It is our basic rights as a human being. Unfortunately, big agriculture businesses have a different corporate agenda which, in my humble opinion is fast removing those basic rights when it comes to food and food choice. We as consumers are not consulted on decisions made pertaining to our food with major health risk to us who consume this food. I am referring to GMO and nanotechnology. More in-depth discussion on these topics in my other blog sites.

By growing your own food and preparing your own food from scratch, you are taking back some control over the food you eat. Food matters. I urge you to vote with your wallet. Buy local and buy organic.

I am happy to answer questions on organic gardening, permaculture and vegetarian cooking. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you would come back again soon. Should you like to be informed of new posting, please subscribe to my blog. WordPress doesn’t sell you email address to a third party and neither do I.

Have a good day!




15 thoughts on “About this blog

  1. Please add me to your subscription too ,please Zainil & I’m with Michael, where’s your photo??
    Julie xx

    Posted by julie | May 27, 2010, 3:10 pm
    • Hi Julie,

      You will need to go to my homepage and add your email address in the subscription box. An email will be automatically generated for your to confirm your subscription. This is to avoid someone else abusing your email address. You then need to click on the link in the email to activate your subscription.

      Glad you like the book.

      Cheers – Z

      Posted by Zainil | May 27, 2010, 3:29 pm
  2. You should live in Switzerland, where bio food is nearly cheaper than other kids. People are so conscious of nature here, they limit the use of salt on icy roads to protect the plants. So, they put nature’s interest before safety of old people.. amazing! Annoying at time, but still worth noting.
    All is green here, and we had a “tree incident” last week, a large branch fell and we were all afraid the tree would have to be cut off (safety issue). But no, the “tree man” came and said “let’s wait until the tree shows us what to do, some time this fall.”

    Posted by April Thursday | June 13, 2010, 11:22 pm
  3. remember to send free cookbook to friends…

    Posted by _baha@me.com | June 25, 2010, 6:20 pm
  4. Hi Zainil,

    Wow!!! You have a nice blog, are you in the hospitality industry? I find your blogs incentives about organic food and ‘going green’ very good and I strongly support them. Keep up the good work 🙂

    Kind Regards,


    Posted by Incandescent Chimera | July 18, 2010, 3:09 am
    • Thanks Sarah. No, I am not in the hospitality industry just someone who loves food; where it comes from, who produces them, how it is produced, etc. Food is sacred. It is sustenance. It is also power. Thanks for dropping by and thanks for the support.

      Take care – Zainil

      Posted by platelicking | July 18, 2010, 3:21 am
  5. subscribed… where is autographed freebie? 🙂

    Posted by mags | July 29, 2010, 1:42 pm
  6. hiho m’lady! know what? I never get your newsletters, am I still subscribed?
    (am also just seeing the post above about wedding friend/layout lady) :]
    *guess what? my erstwhile home compost, 1st batch, is sprouting somethings that look like very thick alfafa — better than my first attempt at composting which yielded a very sticky pot of black water!

    Posted by mags | March 10, 2011, 5:22 pm


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